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.
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.
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: 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.