I haven't owned a CRT TV for quite some time now and had a plan of getting a used one for light gun games, but they're getting harder to find. I was driving home the other day and a neighbor had a yard sale with a 27" Trinitron sitting in the driveway for $5. I snatched it up and started my trip down light gun nostalgia lane.
First thing I did was dig up my NES and Zapper to play some Duck Hunt.
Then I plugged up the Dreamcast for some HOTD2.
Then the PSX for Time Crisis...
Then I started looking up games. There were several quality PS2 games I wasn't even aware. There are also several console ports of arcade light gun games I had hoped to own some day but figured I wouldn't.
After some research and playing several games, I've come to the realization that console versions may be the way to go. They're much cheaper and more versatile. You get all your consoles plugged up to one screen and don't have to worry about crazy monitor calibrations when switching PCBs. You also don't have to take up a ton of space with all these arcade cabs.
Often times the console versions have extra modes of play that you don't get in the arcade version. Plus there are some interesting console exclusives.
-PSX Time Crisis has a completely new story mode... and a PSX exclusive sequel was released.
-PSX Point Blank has an awesome adventure mode that's kind of like an old school RPG where you walk around a map and random enemy encounters are shooting games.
Some interesting console exclusives:
PSX - Elemental Gearbolt
PSX - Resident Evil Survivor (EU and JP versions support light gun)
For the most part, I'm finding that many of the arcade light gun games you'd want to own are available on one console or other. I can't vouch for the quality of all the ports, but the ones I've been playing, like the various Time Crisis and Point Blank games are pretty good. I have zero reason to invest in the arcade versions of any of these games.
That would leave my search for arcade light gun games to be limited to arcade exclusives like CarnEvil and Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Anyone else have an opinion on console light gun games vs arcade?