Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
You probably have. For years, Tyrian 2000 was as close as the PC got to a truly great vertical shooter, in a field of… well, basically three. Tyrian was great. Apogee’s Major Styker pretty much sucked. Raptor: Call Of The Shadows was initially pretty, but a bit of a bore. Was Tyrian great compared to the greatest shooters on other platformers? No. But compared to the competition in the 90s, it was an arcade revelation.