Originally Posted by leeperry
well, I don't think Ikaruga has ever been fully playable on PC?
and going PC only would also alleviate the jitter of those pesky PS2>PC USB adapters...tempting
Ikaruga is 100% perfectly playable on pc via Dolphin, a stable and powerful gamecube/wii emulator. In theory you could even use it to play at settings above maximum (I, for example, play it at almost 1080x1920 once my monitor is flipped), but that requires a much more powerful computer.
PCSX2, the PS2 emulator mentioned above, is also very powerful. It's improved some games to the point where they look better outside of pre-rendered cutscenes, because of resolution. And for many of my games it plays flawlessly. However, for some it doesn't work well at all. The Jak and Daxter series, for example, are indeed playable-- at an average of 20-30 fps. Some of my favorite games are outright unplayable, while others work perfectly (or better).
I would do some research before trying Gradius, or any shmup for that matter, via PCSX2. I play R-Type Final with it frequently, but Final had slowdown issues even on the native PS2 hardware, so I don't notice it nearly as much.
If you have any questions about either emulator, I'd be happy to share my experiences in more detail. They have some unusual quirks.
And regarding the arcade stick:
I was under the impression that the larger 'neutral zone' on Sanwa sticks compared to Seimitsu sticks made them less favorable for shmups. I'll have both arriving soon (can't wait ;D), so I'll be able to test for myself. I assume the buttons are awesome enough not to need replacing.
I hate to be shamelessly self-promoting, but I thought due to the nature of the thread I might as well mention that I recently made a couple Ikaruga wallpapers (in white and black polarity, of course). If any of you guys are interested I can post them.
I checked my exact system configuration for Dolphin. It emulates at 2x native resolution-- so 1280 x 1056 -- without AA or other enhancements. I can run those as well, but fps loses consistency, so I have them disabled.
Edited by Softdrink 117 - 3/19/12 at 11:04am