A truly classic but hardcore shooter
A true classic, R-Type remains the archetypal side scrolling shooter that fans of Gradius or Gunstar Heroes are sure to lap. Legendary for its intense action and high difficulty level, R-Type features the staples of the genre, like insane bosses and upgradeable weapons and combines them into the near perfect shooter. One its main innovations was the force pod, which could be detached and positioned wherever needed to protect your fragile ship, while also offering fire support. The game is also notable for its huge and graphically impressive bosses, with one level being one long and incredibly intense battle that really tests your nerves and your flying skills. The level design on display here is more complex than other similar shooters, making success not simply a question of hammering down on the trigger, but also requiring swift reactions and some strategic manoeuvres. Definitely not a game for beginners, R-Type remains challenging today, and will test even hardcore gamers, so if you are looking for an easy ride, this is not the place for you. If however, you want to experience one of the most influential, addictive and historically significant games, then you can't do much better than R-Type.