GAIARES / Telenet / Sega Genesis

Gaiares (pronounced Gay Airs?) is often lauded as great classic shooter, but I never saw it as anything more than a Gradius knockoff (same weapon types, enemy movement patterns, etc) with a couple of other concepts lifted from other shooters (like the weapon grab from Xexex), decent background graphics, sluggish pace and over-difficulty. Super-annoying generic Japanime hero theme music and weak sound FX don't help its case either. It has an ongoing story developed in short cut-scenes between levels, but it's kind of confusing generic animu and certainly won't be mistaken for Ninja Gaiden or anything like that.

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