Every so often you run across a game that doesn't push the boundaries, but does offer 100% non stop action from the first level, to the last. Blazing Star, from SNK, is such a game. It's not revolutionary, but it's also one heck of a joy ride. In fact, I would gladly say that Blazing Star is one of the best 2D shooting games ever made.
Blazing Star looks and plays like any number of R-Type rip offs, but it blows right past them with original enemies, weapons, and some pretty kick ass bosses. The game even allows you to choose one of several ships, each with completely different weapons, techniques, and upgrades. In fact, finding your favorite ship is half of the fun ... just like a fighting game.
The graphics are among the best for the Neo Geo. They are extremely speedy, but still are well animated, and have a very nice glossy look to it. And each level just gets better as you go on. I found myself constantly wanting to see what was next, and then being sad when it was over.
And then there's the last guy (a baby), who morphs, grows, shrinks, and generally kicks some butt. But if you've seen that dancing baby on Ally McBeal you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. But really, after everything is said and done, Blazing Star is a must play, it's just about the best 2D shooter you can get.