> Alot of people have said how Raiden II is so great and their favorite shmup. I've
> never played it, but I've watched YouTube videos of it. I don't see how this Raiden
> is so special and different than other Raidens. But, like I said, I've never played
> it so I wouldn't know.
Raiden II is the prototype for every shooter that followed. Much like the later Konami shmups, it's doing nothing particularly original, but everything (control feel, graphics, and music) is polished to such a high standard that it's an extremely enjoyable experience.
Also, the purple laser.