3. Shock Troopers
Few kinds of games can scratch that primal arcade itch in quite the same way a good run-n’-gun shooter does. And when it comes to these types of games, few can hold a candle to Saurus’ Shock Troopers. Heavily inspired by the likes of SNK’s own Ikari Warriors series and Capcom’s MERCS, Shock Troopers is a bloody, white knuckle trek through three branching paths of pure destruction. The game’s stages range from the traditional jungle and village locales to more over-the-top designs, like a shootout atop a speeding train, and even a stage where you take the fight to the evil Bloody Scorpion group while burning rubber on a motorbike.
Like big bosses? Shock Troopers has ’em. How about huge explosions? Yup, you’ll find those in spades here, too. Hell, the game even has one of the funkiest soundtracks around, full of adrenaline-pumping drum & bass and rock tracks to help you put on your war face. Simply put, Shock Troopers has about everything you could ask for from a run-n’-gun shooter. While the game never saw an official release on the Neo Geo home console (its release was exclusive to the arcades), you can still pick it up on the SNK Classics Collection that released on the PS2 and PSP.