iPad: Most Wanted Dreamcast Shooters
Sega's console played host to some of the coolest shoot-em-ups around, and they'd be a great fit on Apple's tablet.
We have to admit, Sega's Dreamcast is one resilient machine. Although the company discontinued production in 2001, the system still has a dedicated community. In fact, new games continued to appear years after the last console disappeared from shelves, a true testament to its impact.
That said, we know Namco Bandai's celebrated fighting game, Soul Calibur, is on its way to iOS, proving Apple's devices are more than capable of running Dreamcast games in some fashion.
With this in mind, and because the system has a wonderful collection of shooters, we dug into the Dreamcast catalogue and selected the ones we'd most like to see.
Treasure's outstanding title stands apart from the competition because of a neat color-swapping mechanic, as players switch their ships from white to black to absorb those respective colors of bullets, then unleash special attacks to lay waste to the countless baddies populating each level.
Another treasure gem, this one starring two pilots that control a powerful robot that decimates a gang with a nasty habit of stealing fruit. Strange plot notwithstanding, the sight of laser beams zipping all over the place and the resulting explosions (things blow up real good) make this game irresistible.
Zero Gunner 2
We don't often see shooters that let us fly helicopters, or for that matter, ones that let us fire 360 degrees. Beyond that, we'll always remember this title for its nine levels of difficulty and intense boss battles that normally begin against a vehicle (boat, plane, train) and end with a humongous robot.
A steampunk inspired shooter that has players obliterating rival planes and ships with bombs and a Reflect Force attack that sends bullets flying back towards their enemies. Nice way to turn the proverbial tables.
Giga Wing 2
Essentially more of the same (by no means a bad thing), but with more playable fighters and tons of artwork to unlock.
This game is the epitome of a bullet hell shooter. At times, there's so much going on all you can do is mash the fire button and hope for the best. At least that's how we felt while battling Matrix's intimidating bosses, which include a huge tank and crustacean inspired mech.
We'll always have a soft spot for Cannon Spike because of the option to play as popular Capcom heroes like Arthur, Cammy and Mega Man. Beyond that, reviewers criticized this multi-directional (and ground based) shooter for being light on content, which was true, but considering a reduced price on the App Store, this wouldn't be nearly as big an issue.