Raiden Legacy

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Raiden Legacy
  • Link
    Raiden Legacy
  • Platforms
    PC, iOS, Android, OUYA
  • Player
    Multiplayer
  • Release date
    2013-08-04

Shmup as shmup can

This old skool top-down Shoot ’em Up series was originally created by Seibu Kaihatsu and ported to Android by DotEmu. The Legacy package includes the original Raiden (1990) and three Spin-Offs: Raiden Fighters (1996), Raiden Fighters II (1997) and Raiden Fighters Jet (1998), probably the best of the series and one of the big shmups out there.

DotEmu added a few ‘enhancements’ and three different play modes: the ‘Arcade Mode’ plays like the original, the ‘Mission Mode’ to play all unlocked stages and a ‘Training Mode’ to practice every stage. They also designed a bunch of additional ships, each with its own characteristics and weapons.
One coole feature for couchgamers is the optional ‘Full-Screen Mode’, but for the loss of the original aspect ratio. Purists however are still able to play the ‘Original Mode’.

Don’t forget: weapon powerups just work with the right color! ;)

Rating

Tom
Graphics
7.0
Sound
8.0
Fun
9.0
Concept
7.0
Long-term fun
9.0
Overall
8.2
Tim
Graphics
8.0
Sound
7.0
Fun
9.0
Concept
7.0
Long-term fun
8.0
Overall
8.0

Conclusion

Raiden Legacy nearly offers everything, the genre fan wants: tons of different weapons and upgrades, a hell lot of enemies, big explosions and really hard boss fights.
The really sad thing about this port is the lack of the original 2 player mode which used to be

Sorry but it’s not planed for the moment. We are working on an update but it’s not about 2 players.

There are some performace issues only at 1080p, which DotEmu is aware of. They’re looking into this together with the OUYA team, but I don’t know if there ever will be a solution for this, though (Mame4Droid on the OUYA doesn’t have these issues).

Oh, and I forgot! Where the hack is the online leaderboard??? What’s the point of a shoot’em’up without an online leaderboard?
All shmup fans on the OUYA: unite and get them to change their plans! :D

Don’t be a pussy and switch off AutoFire! Try hard if your thumb can take it.

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About Thomas Reisser

Thomas got his first gaming device at the end of the 70s named Pong. A few years later, in December 1982 he got a brandnew C64 and didn't stop playing until his second C64 died about 5 years later. Until then a four-digit number of games were played and countless Competition Pro joysticks were demolished in endless fights with his father for the best rankings in Decathlon, Summer Games and other. Thomas also coded and designed this website. Thomas at Google+

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