[Arcade]  

Title: R-Type 2
Author:Irem
Rom Player: M.A.M.E.
Reviewer: Shane Skekel

Synopsis: If there is one thing that I cannot stand is the fact that many classic game companies are being eradicated. They butchered Technos (Creators of Double Dragon), Psygnosis has kissed the bullet (Publishers of Lemmings and created Wipeout), Bullet Proof software is no more (Creators of Tetris and Pipe Dream), and Tradewest (creators of Plok) has been dead since 1995. Now Data East (Creators of Bad Dudes and Joe & Mac) are nearly bankrupt, and Irem is pulling the plug on R-Type. Plus, they gave publishing rights to Final R-Type to Eidos. I am tired of Half-Life & its pathetic expansion packs, I am sick of the recent Final Fantasy titles starting with FF7, I am tired of today's 2d Fighting games, and I am sick at Sony Computer Entertainment and their Puerile but successful consoles. Now on with the review...

Game Play: This game may seem a little intense, but it is plain old fun. Plus, it's even better when there are two players. Sure there's the usual power-ups, but they add to the fun factor.

Graphics: Blows Gradius and its side story Salamander in the shit house. The sprites are very detailed and the backgrounds are also spectacular.
We're talking about animated waterfalls, outer space, and you should see this for your self.

Music & Sound: The best tunes of any arcade game at that time and they make today's arcade games sound like that tripe that airs on MTV. The sound effects are also amazing ranging in from explosions to waterfalls.

Originality: It may not be completely original, but it definitely reinvented R-Type. Besides, this is an arcade game and not overly cinematic like Metal Gear: Sons of Liberty (Boring if you ask me).

Overall: If you find this in a local arcade, plop a few quarters in and you will see how fun this game is. Sure there are the console ports, but they are nowhere near this version. Therefore, R-Type 2 gets a ten.

Best Cheats: Nothing Entered

Game Play: 10
Graphics: 9
Music/Sound: 10
Originality: 7
Overall Rating: 10

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