The latest bullet hell shooter to grace PlayStation 4 is Raiden V: Director’s Cut. Developed by Moss Co and published by UFO Interactive Games, this is the next chapter of a shmup that has 25 years experience under its belt. It’s time to join the Raiden squad, so buckle up, prepare for war and save Earth’s future.
Raiden V welcomes you with a bang of high glossy retro pizazz, 2017 style. The action is centre stage with boarders either side. These boarders are ultra busy with text, game stats and information. You’re not going to have time to read it all as the fray centre stage puts a stop to any sideways gazing. Action in Raiden is fast, relentless and compelling. There are six difficulties to master with the normal mode being the best starting point. It’s a well balanced fight. The amount of on screen chaos is never too overpowering. The bullets, bombs and incoming enemies are easy to define against the detailed environments.
Raiden V has some impressive fire power waiting to let loose, all of which can be upgraded on the journey. Plasma, Lasers, and Vulcan weapons each have three different patterns that can deal out effective destruction. When your back’s against the wall a quick drop of a bomb or a call for back up gets you out of jail.
There are a slew of new features in Raiden V: Director’s Cut including a new story mode and couch co-op play. There are also some fine voice overs; this comical ongoing banter hardly lets up. At times it’s hard to decipher what’s being said over the explosions, bombs and guitar shredding. But it’s there adding an urgent undertone to the fight.
Playing through Raiden’s levels is an intense experience and if playing on normal difficulty you’re looking at a two hour play through to reach the conclusion. The story mode does alter depending on your performance. The game is also designed for re-playability. You have branching levels so there’s the option to experiment with different routes. Also there are online leaderboards too. Extras include collecting Game Art to complete your gallery and Director’s Cut exclusive levels. It still feels like a full package despite its limited modes.
Raiden V: Director’s Cut is a slick, visually bright, eye popping experience that explodes out of the screen. An essential purchase for any shmup fan.
Lizard Rating 8/10
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