New Review: R-Type Dimensions EX (Nintendo Switch)

 

Fight through all 14 Bydo-infested stages in retro 2D graphics or shiny 3D graphics – and swap back and forth with the touch of a button ‘on-the-fly’. The new 3D graphics are accompanied by fully re-imagined arrangements of the timeless R-Type music tracks! The classic game-play remains untouched while the new Infinite game mode allows continuous progression from game start to final boss… the Bydo will not evade you this time!

Pros:

  • Graphics- Crisp 3D modern graphics or the classic 2D pixel graphics.
  • 159MB Download size.
  • Stats screen.
  • How to play option which is just text and images.
  • Video settings- Graphic mode-2D/3D, Display- widescreen/original, 2D cam- Normal/arcade, 3D cam- Crazy/normal, Video effect- Retro/Retro 8-bit/Retro 2.0/Retro 2.0 8 b-bit/none.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Online leaderboard support.
  • Multiplayer- Collison- on/off and Game- classic/infinite co-op.
  • Single player modes- Infinite or classic mode.
  • Classic mode- three lives and checkpoints.
  • Infinite mode- Endless lives and checkpoints.
  • Two games R-Type and R-Type II.
  • Cool arcade cabinet game selection menu.
  • Has its own in game achievements.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Tight controls.
  • Unlock level select and the best score is shown.
  • Difficult.
  • Classic game.
  • Still fun to play.
  • Feels like a solid package.
  • New abilities-slow-motion button, or increase the speed with the fast-forward button. In the Infinite mode, you can power-up your ship to its maximum with one button.

Cons:

  • Difficult.
  • Can’t change graphics styles when in game.
  • No online co-op.
  • Achievements don’t pop up.
  • No real extras or bonus content.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

A solid package, You get two quality games for one price, The presentation hits you first as you admire the classic arcade cabinets, The music remains untouched unless you dip into the remixed songs. Leaderboard support help keeps the replayability high and you turn the game into a score chaser. I wish we got more behind the scenes stuff but what we get is decent enough as you can tell a lot of love went in and the game still plays well. Giving so many videos and audio options is a really cool addition and will cater to many types of retro gamers. Co-op adds another layer and in short, its just a well put together package.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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