R-Type Dimensions is a re-imagining of the classic 2D arcade shoot-em-up (shmup) from 1987. It’s basically a love letter to all fans of the R-Type series of games. Over the years there have been a myriad of sequels and ports to this series, but nothing holds up like the original arcade versions of R-Type and R-Type II. Now that they’ve been given a facelift and more features, it’s time to revisit them once more.
Back in 1999, ASCII Entertainment released both R-Type and R-Type II for the original PlayStation (PS1). The disc compilation was called R-Types and it was the first time the games were put on a console in their original arcade forms. This was the epitome of the originals and nothing could top it until R-Type Dimensions came out for the Xbox 360 in 2009.
Now, Tozai has released R-Type Dimensions on the PS3 with even more improvements. Just like the Xbox 360 version, the game gives you the ability to switch the graphics from modern HD to retro (original) and back again on the fly. However, the PS3 version offers even more bang for your buck this time around including all new audio tracks (played in the modern HD game), infinite mode (unlimited lives), level select, slow motion, player stats, trophies, worldwide leaderboards, and multiplayer (2-player couch co-op mode), which is by far the best and most dramatic change to the game. It really helps when you’re blasting the Bydo Empire to smithereens together with a buddy!
If you’re looking for the definitive versions of R-Type I and II, this is it. Being a huge fan of the originals, this is a worthwhile game to own. All of the improvements and new features added, especially 2-player mode—which is a huge game-changer—make this reboot well worth your time. Highly recommended.
Developer/Publisher: Tozai Inc.
Price: $9.99 on PSN
Players: 1 or 2
For more info, visit http://www.rtypedimensions.com/ps3/