IT's easy to talk about our favorites, but maybe more fun to talk about the worst ones! Let's face it, there were a lot of generic me-too, shmups in the early 90s, but I'm looking for a turd among turds!
My nomination (aside from the shmups on the Action 52, P-U!!!) is Earth Defence (or Defends, depending on if you're going by the packaging or title screen) for the Genny. Bland and boring, you fly over large stretches of background where nothing happens. No enemies, nothing. WTF! Graphically, it looks very Fami, which isn't a bad thing if you're playing the Fami!!! Everything about this game screams no budget. I think I stick this in once, and shelved it permanently. At least the Action 52 has the scream sample they use in every game when you die, so it's good for a laugh. Earth Defence just puts me to sleep.
Makes me wonder why Realtec went to the trouble of defeting the lock out to put out crap like this. :P