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R-Type Dimensions review

Playing against type


  • Still plays solidly
  • Provides relief from difficulty
  • Swap between old and new graphics


  • Ego-destroying without infinite lives
  • Appears somewhat quaint
  • Won't amuse for long

You’d be forgiven for thinking that R-Type consisted of just one level; one rock hard level that, with your paltry three lives, you’d never seen the end of. R-Type is a gaming Everest; you’d climb it, carve your initials on the high score table and then swagger off, content with your life.

Well, no more. With this 3D bundling of R-Types I and II, it’s now possible for mere mortals to complete thanks to a welcome new game mode that bestows you with infinite lives. The 3D treatment’s a bit bland but you can swap out the original and remade sprites at any time by pressing Y. It’s more amusing than you’d imagine; a telling real-time demo of how far graphics have come in two decades.

Dozens of Live’s retro remakes are shallow and outdone by modern titles but R-Type’s inspired bosses and weapons remain strong to this day. Nearly every side-scrolling shooter released in its wake owes it a considerable debt, but R-Type plays as good as any of them and for that reason alone, it’s still worthy of your time.

Feb 4, 2009

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At one time it was called the perfect shooter, the R-Type series is showing its age with this Xbox Live Arcade translation, though it still offers some good times.

PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date4 February 2009 (US), 4 February 2009 (UK)


When he's not dying repeatedly in roguelikes, Tom spends most of his working days writing freelance articles, watching ITV game shows, or acting as a butler for his cat. He's been writing about games since 2008, and he's still waiting on that Vagrant Story 2 reveal.
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