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2118 No. 2118 [Edit]
Is anyone here even good at Touhou?

I'm certainly not - The copy of PCB I'm using has the Extra and Phantasm stage unlocked and I gave them a go. I can't get past them, they're really hard!

What are some tips you guys have to get good at Touhou games? I really love them to death but I feel I can't give them the respect they deserve on normal mode.
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I like to think I'm fairly good, at least. I'm certainly no top-level player, but I've cleared every Extra stage and can 1cc about half of the games on Lunatic.


As for tips...

- The best one I can give is simply to keep playing and enjoy the game. I started playing Touhou (and shmups in general) almost 8 years ago now; there isn't a person alive that doesn't completely suck when they first start playing.

- If you greatly suspect you're about to die, don't be afraid to use a bomb. Your bomb stock will be replenished to 2-4 when you die (depending on character/game), so excess stock is wasted if you don't use them up.

- Learn to 'stream' bullets early, as you'll be doing it a lot in virtually every Touhou game. You can do this by simply moving slowly in one direction when streams of bullets are aimed at you continuously (the beginning of PCB's extra/phantasm stage is a good example of where this is useful, and a good place to practice).

- New players tend to hold focus almost constantly; don't be afraid to unfocus to quickly avoid being trapped.

- Some players advocate intentionally playing on a higher difficulty level than is 'suited to you' in order to get better at the games faster, although I'm unsure how much merit there really is to this. That being said, I moved onto Extra stages after Normal myself, which was a great struggle at the time. I wouldn't jump so far ahead that you're getting completely stomped on Stage 1 or 2, though.

- Virtually every method of control (keyboard, controller, arcade stick, etc) has top-level player representation. Feel free to experiment with a different control scheme to see if it works better for you- it's better to try this early on anyway, before you become too accustomed to the original scheme you were using.

- If you're really stuck, you can watch replays of a particular stage or spell. Be wary of watching replays of stages or spells you haven't seen yet, however, as experiencing them 'blind' for yourself is generally more entertaining.
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>>2119
I've been playing Touhou as a whole for about a year. I dl'd Perfect Cherry Blossom on a whim, used to have huge trouble on stage 1 and 2. It was an accomplishment just to make it to stage 3. Now I realize that stage 4 in every Touhou game is invariably the point where difficulty begins to spike exponentially.

I had a period where I could reliably make it to Youmu without losing any lives on Normal. Was running into trouble with her though - I think I was on the way to figuring out getting past her nonspell without bombs/misses. That was months ago and I haven't been able to play because of computer troubles. Now even as far as stage 4 is beyond me, I lost all of my muscle memory.

I'll just keep playing though that seems to be the best bet. Pretty stupid thread, but I was fatigued and mildly frustrated with the lost progress. Thanks for the response, will look into the things I haven't done yet.

Made it to Ran on extra stage today. I got stomped but it felt good. I then deleted the score.dat because I want to reach Extra on my own. Also tried a bit of IN and SA.

I also like other stg, though not as much to be honest. Cave shooters (DoDonPachi Daioujou) are fun, they also have great music. Gradius is dope.
>> No. 2121 [Edit]
>>2120
I'm with you on CAVE shooters. I enjoy them too, but I find the 'format' of Touhou (especially the lengthy boss fights) to be more enjoyable overall.
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>>2121
?? the final boss of guwange with its countless forms takes ages, for example. the inbachi fight also seems to last an aeon.

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