Yes they are.. kinda, I'm not sure if it's suns.. but I got inspiration for them from the first stage of Gradius II. Also the Vic Vipers Design is inspired buy the art of the box for the First Gradius (see two engines) even thou the ship in game only had one.
Wow, I had to reread that a couple times to figure out what I meant x_x. Sorry about that.
You know in the 3rd stage of Life Force, or maybe the first stage of Gradius 2? The suns there. The thought of flying through a star always gets me wondering...I wrote something about it when I was a kid.
You are right about both. Third stage of Life Force is the fire one, and the first of GII is fire. And it's from GII I got insperation from.. Yeah.. I was thinking of why we havent sent any satelite or so to the sun? Just to see what would happen?