I never really got into shmups, tried some supposed classics on snes (R-Type, Gradius, etc.) and a few doujin ones but didn't really feel any of them.
But now I got an xbox, only a few days ago, and finally had the chance to download that Ikaruga game I had been interested in for quite a while.
Basically, the game is incredible. Without even paying attention to chains yet I barely can make it halfway through level 3, that's with 5 lives + continues. But for some reason every moment of playing is just pure joy.
What I want to know is whether there are any other shmups that can compare to Ikaruga's awesomeness at all. I wouldn't even mind if those don't exist but if they do, now that I'm getting such enjoyment out of a genre I know nothing about, I wouldn't want to be missing out.