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R-Type Final 3: Evolved

NIS America, Granzella
Apr 25, 2023 - PlayStation 5

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Critic Reviews for R-Type Final 3: Evolved

R-Type Final 3 Evolved is a decent shooter, which many will enjoy, but it lacks the finesse and stark beauty of the titles that inspired it.

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R-Type Final 3 Evolved is an R-Type, as faithful in the canons as in the style of the franchise. The package also includes R-Type 2, an appreciated bonus, but everything about the shop and customization is done badly.

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R-Type Final 3 Evolved is a solid take on the classic, side-scrolling shmup formula popularized by games such as Gradius and the old R-Type games. Admittedly, the naming is a bit confusing as this is essentially an expanded version of R-Type Final 2 as opposed to a new sequel. This makes it great for folks who don’t own the previous game but a bit of a pricey proposition for players who already paid for R-Type Final 2. It would have been nice to give such players the option to just get the seven new stages via DLC instead of having to re-buy a whole new version of the game again.

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R-Type Final 3 Evolved is bananas with both its absurd level of difficulty and its vast amount of content to enjoy. So, if you loved your time with R-Type Final 2 then you'll have a blast blowing up Bydo in this badass sequel as well.

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If you have a hankering for a new shoot ’em up on your PlayStation 5 or played Final 2 and just really need 7 new stages and a selection of new customizables then R-Type Final 3: Evolved could be right up your alley. If you played but weren’t really into previous R-Type titles or had your fill with R-Type Final 2, then this is a bit of a tough sell considering it’s not really a sequel but more of an enhanced update. Confusing nature aside, I had my fun with R-Type Final 3: Evolved, but it didn’t quite do enough for me personally to stick around. After spending countless hours on the previous game, I felt like dipping out quickly after seeing the new stages.

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In the grand echelon of modern bullet hell shooters, R-Type Final 3 Evolved is still one of the most advanced and featured-filled games available right now, but as a game only available on the PS5, supposedly taking advantage of what that hardware has to offer? Yeah, I don’t see the point. It’s barely better performing than its predecessor, sometimes featuring framerate hiccups not even R-Type Final 2 had. I don’t see why this wasn’t a cross-gen title, since its exclusivity will do nothing but hinder its sales.

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80 / 100

R-Type Final 3 Evolved comes exclusively to PlayStation 5, although it must be said that we are not really looking at a totally new installment, but rather an expanded version of the previous game. Of course, we will have many new features, different additions, new exclusive levels, a new technical section, and more surprises that together with the already recommended R-Type Final 2 campaign form a more than appetizing version. R-Type Final 3 Evolved is far from being a definitive version due to its DLC policy, but if we are fans of the franchise or the genre, we will be almost forced to put ourselves at the controls of our iconic R-9A Arrowhead and end the Bydo empire.

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