Excerpt: A completely new interpretation of classic material, R-Type Command takes the revered side-scrolling space shooter away from its action roots and plants it deeply within the strategy genre. As bizarre as it may seem to rework something based on timing and reflexes into one of the slowest, most methodical styles in videogaming, my hat is off to Irem—it absolutely works. Despite my experience with the R-Type series, I had to forget everything I knew.
Summary: Atlus' R-Type Command is a deviation from the usual shoot 'em up genre into the tactical/RPG genre, giving fans of the franchise a chance to see all the units and enemies up close and personal, in 3D, while also adding 2 player versus mode.
Summary: You're not going to find a perfect game in R-Type Command, but what you will find is an engrossing tactical role-playing game that turns the genre on its side. While some long-time fans of the franchise may be disappointed by the slow-pace, R-Type Command is the type of crazy mash-up I want to see more of in the future! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: It was Longfellow that said, "...into each life some rain must fall," which sums up the feeling I had after playing R-Type Command . I didn't realize how much the glut of really good strategy and tactical titles for PSP recently had spoiled me, until fooling around with this game for a while. It isn't that the R-Type Command world is painted in dull colors or poorly imagined.
Excerpt: R-Type Command is nothing like what I was expecting. R-Type has been known for its ultra-hard side scrolling shooting action set in space. You know the drill, save the earth from disgusting aliens and somehow you are the only ship left alive. R-Type Command is a turn based strategy game set in space. In other words the franchise has branched from shooter to strategy.
Summary: If you like R-Type, this is definitely a “hit or miss” title. The look and feel of R-Type is there, but the game play is much deeper and extremely slow-paced. On the other hand, though, if you enjoy a good RTS from time to time, even if you’ve never heard of R-Type before, this game may be worth checking out if it ever drops in price to $20-30. At $40, it’s not worth it unless you’re a die-hard fan of the R-Type series AND a big RTS fan.
Pros: -Truly feels oldschool., -Extremely long., -Large amount of ships to choose from., -Cool bosses., -Very unique approach to the RTS genre., -Authentic R-Type style soundtrack.
Cons: -Load times are way too long., -Serious balance issues., -Early portion of the game may be too difficult for some people., -Graphics could have been much better with a little more effort.
Excerpt: For over two decades now, the R-Type series has been synonymous with a specific brand of mindless space shooter. In these games, strategy and planning aren't as important as twitch reflexes and simply shooting everything that moves. It's a formula that's given the series a moderate amount of success in its niche through a half-dozen or so sequels.
Excerpt: As the game's packaging indicates, there are more than 80 different units available. These fall into several categories. You'll choose from agile jets, slower support vehicles, Force pods, carriers and an assortment of other units. It won't take you long to realize that there aren't really a lot of distinct options, though.