1943 / Capcom / Arcade
 
 
Right out of the gate 1943 seems an improvement over the musty 1942, with nicer graphics, and more modern shooter touches like a wide-fire power-up and a life bar that now allows you to take three or so hits before assploding. However it's still the same cheap quarter-sucking pattern; Capcom just fills the screen with too much unpredictable shit to handle leading to a lot of cheap hits. The life bar is also a spurious "improvement" as you now only get one life per credit, and it slowly depletes over time as well even if you're not getting hit.

It's slightly better than 1942, but still archaic and not all that well-made.
 
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