Raiden V: Director’s Cut
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Developer: Moss Co., Ltd.
Publisher: UFO Interactive Games
Arcade hit Raiden first left its mark on the shooting genre 25 years ago. The easy to learn, hard to master series arrives in its most modern and advanced form yet! Join the war for Earth's future-where the tide of battle holds constant surprises.
Story Mode - All new story full of twists and turns! The story alters depending on your performance!
Boss Mission - Defeat bosses under special conditions and compete in the leaderboards!
Gallery - Dozens of character, concept, and game art waiting to be unearthed!
Supports 1 - 2 players (offline)
New ship damage system (uses health bar, not lives)
3 distinct ships with different Defense, Mobility, and sub-weapons
New "Cheer Attack" that greatly boosts sub-weapons for a short time
Voice Acting for the first time in the series
Director's Cut exclusive levels
Raiden V: Director's Cut Launch Trailer
Raiden V: Director's Cut Trailer
Raiden V tries to add something new the shoot 'em up genre which is admirable, but unfortunately most of the ideas don't live up to expectations. The Cheer system may have worked better if you could let spectators view your game, and the running commentary is like trying to listen to couple arguing at back of a bus when you're at the front and have someone playing loud techno music on their phone right next to you. For a shoot 'em up there is a lot of content and the main mechanics have clearly been honed to perfection over the last twenty five years, making this a good, solid entry to the series.
It had been a while since I last played a Raiden game and Raiden V: Director's Cut was pretty enjoyable after reacquainting myself with the series, my eyesight issues aside. The fact you can beat the game on any difficulty can seem a tad off putting, but this is actually a good concept for newer players so they can experience the story then increase the difficulty when they start to improve so they can get a better ending. That combined with the boss challenges give quite a bit of replayability to the game and being able to take things a stage at a time makes it great to play in short bursts. Overall a pretty good entry for the series.