‘R-Type Final 2’ review: a shoot-’em-up revival that doesn’t quite hit the target

The first level of 1987 arcade classic R-Type is one of the iconic moments in gaming history. From the synthesiser chords that herald your ship’s arrival to screen-filling alien wired up to a machine at the end, its sights and sounds are burned into my memory. It’s a big reason why, over three decades later,…

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2 only partially captures the old spark, not least because it forgets the value of a grand opening. In many ways it respects series history. It's full of clever references that span everything from that first game right up to the last mainline entry, R-Type Final. And it's got some memorable moments of its own.

But R-Type should be striking and breathless, and Final 2 sets a low-key tone. Yes, it's a game about the aftermath of war, cleaning up the dregs of twisted alien experiments. That doesn't justify a bland initial crawl through the husk of an old space station, where you shoot rusting cargo crates then run into a version of that original boss encased in ice, robbed of its horrible majesty.

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