“ Manufacturer: ASCII Entertainment Software, Inc. / Shooter / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: ASCII Entertainment Software / Inc. „
There are only two R Types (R Type and R Type II) here in this collection but they are pretty darn good games anyway you look at it and both are very challenging shooters. The reason the score is so high is because now I can save my high scores to a memory card and you can continue a game for later thanks to a level select option for both games. R Types here surprisingly doesn't suck!
The Original R Type:
First released over here in 1987 by Nintendo in the arcades R Type was a single quarter stand up arcade shooting game in deep space. So what was so special about this game anyway? The near impossible difficulty, the eerie space music, the new and revolutionary charge Beam weapon, and the original and amazing graphics of course.
The story is about the lone mission of a sole surviving R-9 spaceship on a quest to destroy the evil Bydo Empire that threatens the entire galaxy. You have 8 stages to learn and master if you hope to kill the Bydo leader itself and it won't be easy.
Unlike other shooters, R Type forces you to think and plan how to pass a level, for example; in stage 3 you have to avoid being crushed by a huge battleship by learning the pattern on how its gonna move and in level 7 many enemies will appear from behind to attack. This is one tough game with a lot of traps. When the game starts you'll notice your R-9 comes equipped with a special weapon not found in the usual shooter. If you hold down the fire button your Beam gauge will fill up below and now you can fire a powerful blue plasma shot. This is great for killing some of the bosses and bigger enemies.
Thankfully your R-9 can get some awesome weaponry to help you on your difficult mission. First there is the Force Pod, this wicked device not only guards your ship from most attacks by attaching itself to the back and front of you ship, but it can also fire three different weapons. Each of the three multi-coloured weapons works differently; blue is the reflect laser and is great for taking out a large group of enemies and may be the smartest gun to use in the game but it also the weakest weapon, yellow fires snake-like lasers upward and downward to the ground and ceiling and is good for defensive reasons but it's useless in some level (like level 5), and finally the red weapon is a powerful circular laser that has half the power of a fully charged Beam shot and is a great weapon for the R Type pro's out there.
I love the graphics in this game here. To the absolutely huge bosses you have to wear down, the funky techno look of stage 6, and lots more just add a unique look that gives R Type so much personality. I think R Type would make a great looking Sci-Fi movie, eh?
The sound also works well for the feel of the game and the music in stage 7 (the ruined city) is hard to get out of my head and fits perfectly for that eerie level. The realistic sound effects are also effective and unique (like the alien worm going inside its base).
R Type is easily one of the most original games of the late 1980's and it's well worth playing it to just to see all the exciting levels this game has to offer. One minute your fighting other spaceships in a cell invested space and then the next level your blowing up alien snakes in a organic tunnel. You have the ability to change some of the options like the difficulty (either Normal or Hard) plus you even get auto rapid fire which is very useful in the game. It can be annoying when only one hit can kill you and you have to start again with nothing but if you have the guts to play it you'll find R Type to be very rewarding.
The sequel R Type II:
In R Type II the upgraded R-9 Custom goes on another suicide mission to destroy the returning Bydo army once thought to be destroyed but since the first game did well of course they came back. You have to find the new nest and kill the new threat once and for all.
R Type II features 6 brand new levels, the 2 new weapons; the homing laser (green) plus the nova bomb (black), and a new red gauge for your charge beam that fires a new and very powerful spread plasma shot but you have a few second to fire it or it reset back to blue.
The graphics are even more detailed that R Type I with richer looking backgrounds and even larger bosses like the very huge and very ugly first boss that blocks your path to the very annoying boss 4 that you have to chase to kill. R Type II doesn't fail in the graphics department.
Moving on to the game's music I liked the music on the waterfall stage (level 2) but the rest of the music in the game was just plain awful. The main problem here with some of the sound tracks is that they are too repetitive which can be very painful on the ears about half way through the level.
The main problem with R Type II is that it's nearly impossible (even on the so called 'Easy' game setting) so the only way you're gonna beat a level is by memorizing the complete level from top to bottom and by pure luck. R Type II was still fun to play although the first R Type is better in my opinion because it's not so merciless to finish.
The bottomline here is your four letter words better be ready! R Types is a great package for any R type fan out there, weather or not they thought it was too hard or they just played the games to death. R Types will not only save your high scores but you also learn some of the R Type history and enemies as well. If you love classic shoot em ups then you don't want to miss R Types.
R TYPES overall rating 85/100
1 block needed to save
For 1 or 2 players
Rated (E) for Everyone
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This is definitely one of the harder games that you will come across. I reckon that it is the hardest game that I have ever played on the Playstation. The reason that it is so hard is that you have to master every of your ship to finish the game. Though early levels require a bit of memorization of enemy patterns, higher levels have all sorts of challenges, including the final boss of R-Type, which is based on pure reflexes, concentration and skill as enemies pour in from all sides. Other stages are just brilliant, such as the assault against the massive mothership.
R-Type and R-Type II are classic of the horizontally scrolling shoot'em up world. Originally arcade machine released by IREM the games have been ported to many different platforms. Despite this the first time I played either of them was about 4 years ago usng the RAGE emulator on a PC. It didn't take me long to be converted what with the excellent graphics and pure blasting action. When I saw a copy of R-Types on the shelf in a second hand store I had to get it. The title had been out for a while, but I think that the original £30 asking price was too much for such an old title which though good has had many successors. R-Types basically procides an arcade perfect port of the original 2 games, there's been no improvements to the games apart from a brief and not particularly outstanding CGI introduction. If you're like me you're buying this title for the arcade perfect conversion, right down to inserting credits (via the start button ) to play the game. Graphically R-Types is nothing special by the standards of modern games, at its time it was impressive, but things have progressed a great deal. However the graphics are functional, the animation smooth and the gameplay is great fun. Large sprites are often moved across the screen and wave after wave of enemy assault you. The game is challenging, of course you can pump in lots of credits, but that's just not very sporting. What you get for the package is arcade perfect conversions of R-Type and R-Type II. There's no extra packaging, the only update is a bit of CGI for an introduction and use of the rumble feature of control pads. If you liked the game before and want to play it again this is obviously the title for you. If you've never played it before these are classic games, but you may find them somewhat dated now. Personally I loved playing them again.
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