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Despite the reputation levels 9 and 10 have, I found 8 (mostly Ran's stuff) harder than 9, and most of Eirin's scenes fairly easy. Some of this could have been luck though, since I managed to get 9-6 (Seamless Ceiling of Kinkaku-ji) the first time I made it to the purple phase. 10 was definitely the hardest level though.
For individual scenes, the hardest were probably 8-7 (Superman "Soaring En no Ozuno") and 10-4 (Judgement "Trial of the Ten Kings"), with 10-2 (Lie "Tongue of Wolf") and Ex-1 (Taboo "Forbidden Fruit") coming in behind them.
8-7 was the least fun scene in the game. For the last couple pictures you have to either spend time charging the camera and risk randomly getting hit by Ran/having a bullet spawn on your hitbox (can't really tell which happens), or charge it less and risk running out of space. Plus Ran is moving fast enough that there's a decent chance you'll miss the shot entirely. On the other hand, 10-8 (Judgement "Cleansed Crystal Judgement -Aya Shameimaru-") was the most fun. Fast paced but still doable without relying on pure luck and the best song in the game; it's the only scene I'd want to do again just for fun.
For something completely unrelated, I finally see why people go for high scores. I was playing a bullet hell game on my phone and managed to get the U.S. highscore. It feels very satisfying to have your name at the top of the list.
edited 25th Oct '12 6:07:37 PM by kenb215
Got SA today. My playing is a little messed up after having only played Shoot the Bullet for a while. I keep letting go of the fire button whenever I try to unfocus.
I decided to use bombs on Easy the first time playing it, since I remembered a small controversy from a while ago when someone claimed to have beaten it their first time and people were saying it was hard, even on Easy. By the time I got to the fifth stage I was hoping for a no death run. Orin took care of that. Two deaths in total, both to her, plus three death-bombs to Utsuho, including one during the last 1/2 second of Hell's Artificial Sun when its gravity suddenly switched and started pulling me sideways.
Other random stuff:
Played as the default, Reimu A, so Satori used Yukari's set of spellcards. Recollection "Border of Wave and Particle" seems to have lost its waves on Easy. The funniest line in the game was from Reimu during stage 5.
For music, I like the stage 2 theme, both the stage and boss themes from stages 4 and 5, and Nuclear Fusion is near/at the top of my favorite Touhou songs. That's a big improvement over MoF.
Messing up focus/unfocus isn't the only thing that Shoot the Bullet changed; I'm spending more time going above and around the bosses, making more use of the entire screen - at least on the attacks I haven't figured out yet.
edited 29th Oct '12 6:17:16 AM by kenb215