There, however, is one thing that sets Raiden III apart from the shooter pack: it's single-player mode enables you to control both warplanes at once, essentially playing co-op with yourself. It's simple, really - the left analog stick and shoulder buttons control one ship, and the right analog stick and shoulder buttons control the other.
It takes awhile to fully grasp, especially when the ship you control with the left stick is on the right side of the screen and the right stick ship is on the left, but it's incredibly empowering - one of those gaming moments that can make anyone feel macho. If you like feeling macho, or just really dig the retro-ness of old favorites, check out Raiden III. They just don't make 'em like this anymore... except when they do. Like now.