Summary: Even Easy Mode on this game is incredibly difficult, yet the game itself remains very fun and addictive, even for a novice Manic Shooter player like myself. While extremely hard, the game does offer a number of merciful gameplay modes for novices, such as 'No Bullets Mode' and 'Simulation Mode' where the player is invincible. Very fun, but very hard. If you're looking for a game that's rare, good, AND challenging, look no further.
Summary: It's a mark of how great a developer Cave is that a game as punishing as Dodonpachi Daioujou nevertheless remains both compulsive and horribly addictive, it's searing difficuly more a measure of your own incomptetence than unfair game design. And the bonus DVD is a teriffic, er.. bonus. Rare as hen's teeth so if it's showing up as available on Play-Asia then buy it...dummy.
Summary: DoDonPachi Dai Ou Jou is a genre-defining game by Cave, who already changed the way of playing Shooting titles by insert tons of bullets on screen with Batsugun and DoDonPachi. In this time, Cave was decided to "put the double amount of bullets" than DoDonPachi and they make it, in result, Dai Ou Jou is one of the most beautiful and hardest danmaku (bullet hell) games of the decade. But, the most incredible thing about the PS2 Port is...
Summary: An absolutely amazing Arcade port! I'd have to say that this is quite possibly the hardest shooter I have played, but it is very well among the best. The extreme difficulty only pushes you to get better and play stages over and over while still proving to be a BLAST. The game comes with a Bonus DVD of a pro Japanese player that will blow your mind. "How does he do that!?
Summary: I don't really know why I haven't heard of this great game ever since its release but I have been craving for this game for almost a year now. And thanks to play-asia for availing this. I've tried finding this game but I just found it here. This game is absolutely hard. MUCH harder than the previous Dodonpachis, if you ask me. When I tried the simulation mode and tried the second loop, I got completely bludgeoned!
Summary: This would have been his "flagship" game, seriously this game really is made in hell and if you love bullet hell shmups and cave titles this game will last you for years. I have not played a game this brutal since Contra SS and that is a good thing. I would give this a 6/5 if it was possible. What are you wating for ? Go buy it!
Summary: Waited 2 years for the price to come down, but it was worth it. Originally this was selling at $60US, then $70US, then $80, then $70US for quite awhile. The 5 day special dropping it to $55US finally made me pick it up. Along with the game itself (which includes a super replay in itself) there's also a DVD of someone completing every single level, including the secondary harder levels post-game. The manual also folds out into a poster, which is a nice touch.
Summary: Despite the fact that this very well may be the hardest shooter I've ever encountered, it is most certainly one of the best. The chaining system--indicative of past Don Pachi titles--is pure gold, and the levels are extremely well designed. But then again, it's a Cave shooter. Quality is a given! Like ESPgaluda, Arika did a great job porting this over.
Summary: This is easily the most graphically impressive donpachi yet, but its also the hardest too! Generally shooters get tough from level 3 onwards not with this baby its hard from the get go. Incredible is the only word to sum it up. Not the best shooter on the PS2 that goes to Ibara but this comes in second (8/10).