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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Review: Raiden V: Directors Cut (PS4)

In this modern age of gaming where the current crop of consoles are capable of generating worlds that offer so much realism and depth that you could be forgiven for mistaking them for an alternate reality, it's nice to occasionally turn the clock back and revisit a simpler, more innocent time where graphics were anything but photo-realistic and getting the highest score was king.

That's where the wonderfully simple but utterly addictive Raiden V: Directors Cut fits in. Essentially a classic, bullet hell shooter that's infinitely re-playable. Not only are there multiple paths through the game and a wide variety of weapons that can all be upgraded to improve their power, Raiden V: Directors Cut also benefits from an absolutely stonking soundtrack. Honestly, if you want to get the best experience out of this game make sure you play it with headphones.

I guess my only real gripe with the game is the sheer amount of screen real estate that's taken up by various graphs, dials and dialogue boxes. It would've been nice to have the gorgeous graphics fill up the entire screen rather than a load of largely un-interesting information. Could this be patched to add in the option to remove it if the player chooses to I wonder?

That aside though, Raiden V: Directors Cut is a superb game that's absolutely dripping with retro shmup goodness. Highly recommended.

Version played: PS4
Available on: PS4, PC
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