remake of the 80's game arrives on XBox Live, thanks to developers
SouthEnd Interactive who bundle both R-Type and R-Type II together
which can be played in the traditional 2D view or for some 21st century
fun, a revamped 3D version.
Purists take heed
though, the original gameplay
remains intake, however it has received an XBox 360 facelift plus Live
features from Leaderboards to downloadable content to name a few. The game
two modes that include arcade and infinite, however we'll get to this in
The first thing you will notice about
R-Type besides this being a classic space shooter are the graphics and
best of all, high definition. The gameplay has been successfully
transferred to the XBox 360 and the control on this system works
Although the game can be played via the original coin-op
experience, the developers have put in a few twists and turns for those
who want to play 21st century through bizarre camera angles and even a
great co-op mode via local or Live.
The premise behind the game is easy, fly
along, shoot enemy crafts, engage in bosses and complete the game. Of
course, I couldn't do this on the original but this version allows for
infinite lives, so yes... it's finally been done. Your ship also has a
variety of weapons such as missiles and scatter bombs to assist in
defeating your enemies in classic old school style.
If you want some multiplayer fun, the co-op
mode is great and best of all, it can be played with another person from
around the world. You can even play arcade or infinite with the help of
another person. The game does support Leaderboards and I must admit that
there are some R-Type freaks out in the world because their rankings are
Graphically, the title is almost a straight
port of the original games, however by pressing Y in the game, you can
enable the 3D experience of the game. The 3D experience is quite surreal
and impressive at times, making this a decent remake of the original in
a certain way. The special effects look good and the bosses that you
encounter, some are huge look very detailed. The sound effects and music
once again pay homage to the original title. A damn good effort!
SouthEnd Interactive have put some effort
into this "remake" and it supports both purists and newcomers who wish
to check out a classic arcade game. The visuals are good, considering
the age of this game and the gameplay still works. It'sdefinitely a
break from third person shooters, sports and the like.