R-Type Dimensions review

  • 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

More Info

Release date: Feb 04 2009 - Xbox 360 (US)
Feb 04 2009 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: Tozai Games
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Fantasy Violence


  • bearfarmer - February 11, 2009 8:54 a.m.

    i enjoyed it- i could probably play it numerous times(if i bought the game) wasn't to difficult overall, pretty fun- aegis wing all the way though
  • Pr1me - February 7, 2009 7:08 a.m.

    This game is amazing, after over two decades i have been able to finish R-Type, i was so happy i did a victory lap of my games room!!! If this game has ever had you throwing your joypad or keyboard across the room then this update will make you grin from ear to long as you don't mind using over 100 lives to complete it!!! :)
  • chainchomp - February 5, 2009 9:50 a.m.

    Im glad this is out now, been waiting ages for it! I have soldner-x on ps3, but its too hard. I wish that had infinite lives, good job they put it in this :)

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