You%26rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking that R-Type consisted of just one level; one rock hard level that, with your paltry three lives, you%26rsquo;d never seen the end of. R-Type is a gaming Everest; you%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;s now possible for mere mortals to complete thanks to a welcome new game mode that bestows you with infinite lives. The 3D treatment%26rsquo;s a bit bland but you can swap out the original and remade sprites at any time by pressing Y. It%26rsquo;s more amusing than you%26rsquo;d imagine; a telling real-time demo of how far graphics have come in two decades.
Dozens of Live%26rsquo;s retro remakes are shallow and outdone by modern titles but R-Type%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;s still worthy of your time.
Feb 4, 2009