Summary: It's been quite the ride. From the original arcade series, to console Deltas, to little known Leos, R-Type has a rich history. R-Type Final enters the fight with high expectations. From a glance, this is the R-Type we know and love. We get side scrolling levels, powerups that absorb bullets, and Bydo enemies that are easily recognizable as Bydo. R-Type Final has good consistency with the rest of the series. Where this game really shines is customization.
Summary: My experience with R-Type is limited, but I LOVE side-scrolling and top-down shooters. I have played the original R-Types (just a bit), as well as the excellent freeware G-Type (a combination of R-Type and Gradius). As much as I was wishing for the second coming of the only shooter that can maybe rival Gradius in the category of old-school cool, this game just ain't that great. First of all, the graphics are nice. Not mind-blowing ala Ikaruga or Dodanpochi, but nice.