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Reviewed: R-Type Final
Producer: Eidos
Required System: PS2
Overall Rating:
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: March 21st, 2004
Page: 1


One of the eternal '80s game genres was the side-scrolling (or top-scrolling) shoot-em-up. Games like 1942, Life Force, and R-Type were everywhere, with a very simple premise; navigate a small ship past lots of flying obstacles, shooting things up as you go. The PC had its own sleeper hits in the genre, with Tyrian and Raptor: Call of the Shadows being two of the nicer ones in the DOS days.

Though a lot of them were produced, and even a lot of sequels, very few stuck around. New concepts were occasionally tried; the Sony Playstation has a particularly classic title called Einhander, which I encourage any gamer who can find a copy to pick up and try. Few of the lines have survived till today in America, though they did better in Japan.

Recently, Eidos Interactive announced their Fresh Games label, devoted to bringing in to America games that do well in Japan but that for some odd reason aren't getting published stateside. Their first release is R-Type Final, as its name suggests the "Final" chapter in the R-Type lineup.

Is it good? Definitely.

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