I’d kinda like to see a rebuild of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (aka Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer’s Call in Europe) even though I’ve lost most of my previous affection for proprietary video games and game consoles.
Didn’t get much into what y’all would think of as arcade games. Got thoroughly hooked on Pong when it came out (like I said elsewhere, yes I’m old), even often playing it solo! The only real arcade game I ever got much good at though was Battle Zone. By the time the modern stuff with fancier graphics came out, I was too busy to hang out in arcades much; the fanciest graphics I think we had while I was in school was probably Joust.
In no specific order, my favorite video games of all time, almost all exclusively because of fantastic gameplay (I’m not really focused on visuals):
Doom 1 and 2 (Doom3 was horrible doom game, not a bad ‘game’ overall, but not a doom game, and the newer ones have… lost something for me, I’m not sure what, but they don’t hold me like Doom 1 and 2 do).
Duke Nukem 3D (DNF doesn’t exist…)
ZZT (one of the first games I really really got in to and editing)
Battlezone 1 and 2
CoD: MW (the first one, the second is garbage for a variety of reasons to me, but the first had such a fantastic story that really was engaging and immersive)
Minecraft, but only purely for the gameplay, the coding was atrocious, the modding is a horror, the community is a hellscape, and even then, Minecraft without mods is one of the most boring games ever, it is only purely because of it’s mods that it’s on this list at all.
No doubt missing many others, but those are what’s had the biggest impact in my life to me and all of which I still play on occasion (some of them a whole whole lot more often then just ‘on occasion’, lol).
Ikaruga is fun, I loved it and is one of these I play every now and then. It has a very unique feature – polarity – which allows you to swap immunities against certain enemy projectiles, adding one more skill lane for people to master. It’s one of the best modern shumps.
That being said, I enjoy Sky Force Reloaded a lot as well. Although have in mind that it doesn’t have that many levels but the fact that you can constantly upgrade your craft by grinding the levels you already passed made the game better for me. Mind you, that’s not an intellectual activity at all; it’s mindless fun where you practice reflexes and timing.
Disclaimer: I bought the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller which many deem to be not cheap (it was about 85 EUR for me). It makes the shmup experience much better. To be fair, it makes all Switch games better.