Those of you who've been gaming since before the 16-Bit days will surely remember the classic arcade shooter, R-Type. It came home for the Sega Master System, the TurboGrafx-16 and the Game Boy, and spawned sequels on the Super NES (Super R-Type and the awesome R-Type III) and in the arcade (R-Type Leo). Now, after an extended absence, the classic series is back in the form of R-Types, for the PlayStation.
Before you get too excited, be aware--R-Types is not a new game. Instead, it's a compilation containing arcade-perfect ports of the original R-Type and its little-seen sequel, R-Type II. Still, this is in no way a bad thing. We're talking about two of the greatest shooters of all time here. It's also got a special library full of interesting information about the back story of the R-Type series and its many ships and enemies. R-Type isn't about glitz and glamour or "twitch-style" play--it's all about learning the patterns of the enemies on each stage and developing strategies to overcome them. The challenge level is extremely high, and the gameplay is as tight as they come. Oh yeah--the bosses kick ass, too. If you're a shooter fan who admires a challenge, R-Type is your paradise (and R-Type II is even more difficult than the original, though it's only got six stages, compared to R-Type's eight).
R-Types is due for release this February, courtesy of Ascii. Shooter fans, you owe it to yourselves to check this out. It's a true piece of gaming history, and it'll only cost you around $40.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
After a long break, Irem is back in business : with their first PlayStation game, R Types. R-Types isn't an all-new shooter though; instead, it's a compilation disc containing the full arcade versions of the original R-Type and R-Type II (the latter of which has never been released on a home console--the PC Engine version of R-Type II is merely the second half of the original R-Type, which at the time didn't fit on one HuCard).
Both R-Type and R-Type II will be 100 percent perfect translations of the arcade originals, and as a special bonus, Irem is adding all-new rendered FMV sequences to the games. Even better though, they're including a demo moyie of their brand-new upcoming PlayStation R-Type sequel, R-Type Delta. R-Type Delta will retain the classic 2-D gameplay of the older R-Type games, but with 3-D backgrounds and dazzling graphical effects (similar to Philosoma or Einhander). From the limited amount of screens that have been released, it looks like R-Type Delta is still quite a ways off, but what we've seen so far certainly looks impressive.
R-Types is due to be released in February in Japan. No U.S. plans have been announced yet, but hopefully someone (Working Designs maybe?) will pick it up for a U.S. release soon. The shooter market needs some rejuvenating, and bringing back true classics like the R-Type games is just the way to do it.
- MANUFACTURER - Irem Soft. Engineering
- THEME - Shooting
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
Anyone who's been playing games since the 8-Bit days surely knows about R-Type. To this day, it still stands as one of the best shooters ever made, even if it has (naturally) become a bit dated in the graphics department. Personally, just being able to own a perfect version of the original R-Type would be more than enough reason for me to purchase R-Types; but also getting the rarely seen 1989 sequel, R-Type II (which has never been ported to a home system before), makes the disc that much more worthwhile. Both games are 100 percent identical to the arcade versions, with the exception of new FMV ending sequences that are (unfortunately) pretty lame. There's also an interesting little feature called R's Library that allows you to delve deep into the R-Type background story and check out the various ships from the first two games. It's nothing mindblowing, but fans of the series will appreciate it. Still, despite all this, I'm disappointed that Irem didn't go the extra mile and include Super R-Type and the awesome R-Type III (SNES), or even R-Type Leo (Arcade). How hard would it have been? Anyway, if you're a shooter fan, R-Types will make a great addition to your library, especially if your main concern lies with great gameplay. But if it's flash you're after, you may want to look somewhere else.
If you've never played the original R-Type before...shame on you. One of the greatest shooters ever, its intense gameptay and ingenious level design have rarely been rivaled. So snap up this compilation if you've always wanted an arcade-perfect translation (yes, even more perfect than the TurboGrafx version). And R-Type II--although not quite a classic (it just seems cheesy in places)--is certainly a solid shooter, too.
Ahhh, this brings back some memories. It's been a while since I last played R-Type and to be honest I'd forgotten just how influential a game it was. New shooters may have flash polygon graphics, but deep down all the new boys are still aspiring to offer the excellent balance of gameplay found here. Both R-Types plus a DVD-style extra bit with ships and histories and stuff can't be bad. A classic and very nostalgic shooter.
Being a huge shooter fan and a huge R-Type fan, I must say this collection is...disappointing. Don't get me wrong, R-Type I and II are great games worth owning. Each is great in its own right. But I can't help but feel Ascii could've worked in a few more classic R-Types in this two-game "compilation." On the other hand, these two are perfect ports of great games. If you can get this disc really cheap, you may not want to pass it up.
A tasteful 3D upgrade of the classic space shooter, R-Type A helps scratch even the itchiest trigger-finger. It's repetitive and brain-dead--but fun.
The Bydo Are Back
R-Type recalls the mind-numbing blastfests of the golden age of scrolling shooters, including Gradius and, of course, the original R-Type. Serpentine robotic bosses, huge motherships, and other assorted technobaddies stand in your way as you try to dispatch eight levels of the Bydo, those pesky ambassadors of evil. Oodles of bullets fill the screen, and unexpected obstacles--from boss ships to falling structures--challenge you at every turn. If R-Type ate quarters, you'd feed it plenty.
This time, you've got your choice of three ships (plus one hidden), each with their own force module--an extremely useful detachable helper that can do neat things like auto-target opponents or latch onto enemy ships' hulls. Visual effects, such as rippling water when shots get near sea level, highlight the crisp, futuristic 3D graphics, while explosions and jaunty, tense music rock the speakers.
The configurable controls feature excellent Dual Shock feedback--you'll feel every forceful shot through an orchestra of rumbles. An autosave feature keeps your character stats on a memory card, but not your progress through the game, which is a major drawback. A two-player, Raiden-style option would've been nice, too.
Rent 'N Wreck
Because the enemies are restricted to patterns, they ultimately become predictable, making R-Type (Delta, in Greek) a renter with limited replayability. Nevertheless, this game is an excellent time-waster, full of tasty eye-candy and time-tested blasting goodness.
- In vertical scenarios, detach your force module and let it handle mounted turrets on its own.
- Use the blue tether on the R13's force module to lasso and destroy enemies.
- Watch your back for shots that sneak up from behind or that lob in from arcing angles.
- To nail targets behind you, mount your force module to the rear of your ship, then eject it into your foes.