5. Espgaluda II
Release date: 2005
Another from Cave's excellent stable of shooters, Espgaluda II is a manic adventure that's a hellish mix of combo-scoring and energy absorption. Effectively swapping between different energy types like Ikaruga is only part of the reason this contender is so high on our list, however. Try it out and you'll see. Deathsmiles this is not.