R-Type Final PlayStation 2

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
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  1. Its flawless execution combined with the sheer amount of unlockable features and variety of gameplay makes this the pinnacle of the shooter genre today. A first class game and the perfect swan song for this much loved series.
  2. With a whopping 101 ships (most performing vastly different from one another), 7 stages (most with drastically different versions of the same stage), 5 difficulty levels, and a myriad of secondary options, you’ll invest a ton of time in this title if you want to see it all.
  3. For a shooter, the visuals in R-Type Final are nothing short of stunning. The environments are crisp, colorful, and many varied.
  4. Intensely beautiful, highly playable, and downright inspired, R-Type Final is a somber but fitting end to a legendary series. A stellar combination of style, substance, and class.
  5. netjak
    90
    While most shooters nowadays have you dodging through a hailstorm of bullets, the enemies in R-Type make you think a bit more. There a definitive patterns and ways to dispatch every creature in the game, learn them, and you don't find yourself in tight situations.
  6. Beautiful lighting effects, crisp beam weaponry and crystal clear ordinance illuminate your way through to the heart of the Bydo Empire while Delta’s intense soundtrack has been replaced with a calmer and more mature score that settles well with both the game’s landscapes, and its pedigree.
  7. The ultimate tribute to nearly 20 years of platform shooters. The action if fierce, the graphics dazzling, and the difficulty is guaranteed to challenge even the most skilled veterans.
  8. Despite R-Type Final’s high level of difficulty’s ability to bring out the masochist in all of us, this title is a wonderful close to an amazing series.
  9. My only gripe is a lack of multiplayer mode. It's fun, but not as fun as you and a friend taking the Bydo head on. Still, Fresh Games, Eidos, and Irem get kudos for giving us one more memory of R-Type, and the excellence it maintained all this time.
  10. 85
    Completes the R-Type legacy and does so with an incredible mixture of graphics, sound and gameplay… and if that’s not enough, how does unlocking over 100 different playable ships grab you?
  11. If you don’t particularly care for the series, R-Type Final is still a solid shooter. The only problem is the slowdown, and well, shooters seem to have that quite frequently.
  12. Irem has, possibly more than any game they've made in recent memory, crafted a shooter that is at once faithful to the challenge of the original shooters that came before it, and utterly accessible to anyone experiencing it for the first time, and they've thrown in a remarkable amount of depth and just plain fun to keep both sides equally true to the source material. R-Type Final is a blast, plain and simple.
  13. A shooting game for absolute perfectionists. R-Type Final is all about getting things right the first time, because you probably won't get a second chance. I'm honestly surprised the game even offers extra lives.
  14. Underwater flying, several sweet detachable gun bits, a traditional stage-long battleship enounter...Final is an R-Type fanatic's dream and the best thing to happen to side-scrolling shooters since "G-Darius" (PS1) [March 2004, p.119]
  15. Swamp filled jungles and ruined cities have never looked so good in a space shooter.
  16. Frustratingly hard at times, and very unforgiving. If you aren’t the type of person who can resist the urge to break your PS2 controller if you have to play the same 20 minutes of a level over and over because the boss kills you right before he’s about to die, you may want to stay clear of this one.
  17. Fans of old school shooters should rejoice... However, it doesn't have as much shelf life as many other games unless you're up for the challenge of unlocking all the ships. [JPN Import]
  18. But if R-Type must end, at least it's going out on a high note--rest assured that Final lives up to the classic R-Type name in every way.
  19. 81
    From the game's alternate paths and armada of ships, to its in-depth information gallery and bizarre CPU vs. mode., shooting fans have just about everything they're looking for.
  20. It is a great diversionary title, rife with action and some minor strategic game play. If you want to relive the days of yore, when you gathered around the huge arcade machines and frantically pounded fire buttons and slammed the joystick around like a jackhammer, then this game is perfect.
  21. 80
    The only problem is that unlocking each of the available spacecrafts is sort of like ripping off your big toenails with a pair of pliers. Well within the realm of possibility, but in the end, it just doesn’t make much sense.
  22. I will easily endure the boring bits in a quest to unlock my now third favourite ship, from R-Type Leo. I will continue to work at Final's most elusive ending and its more elusive unlockable campaign 'awards'. Indeed, after ten hours of play, there's still plenty of game left.
  23. A fun, good-looking game that challenges all comers, and still isn't as sickeningly masochistic as, say, "Contra: Shattered Soldier."
  24. 80
    Anyone who's ever sunk more pocketfuls of coins into an arcade machine than they'd care to admit will be incapable of resisting the game's charms.
  25. We get a game that pays tribute to its legacy by going out with a bang. It does so not by trying to add too much or expand too deeply, but by mastering the style it has become known for.
  26. Edge Magazine
    80
    To those who treat mould-breaking games as life's milestones; those who can still smell the silver coins on their fingers ... this is dangerously close to the best in the genre. [Oct 2003, p.94]
  27. 80
    Final is a difficult game, even with its multiple skill settings, and it relies on a gamer’s patience for trial-and-error and memorization as it does deft skill and trigger-finger firing.
  28. 80
    So many excellent ideas are incorporated into this last outing, you'll be feeling the title's influence on similar products years hence.
  29. It's not for everybody -- the difficulty level will see most off, and the lack of third dimensional movement will probably remove a fair chunk of the rest of its prospective audience -- but if you like your shooting action hard, heavy and repetitive, then you really need to add R-Type Final to your collection.
  30. The definitive version of an all-time classic. There is nothing else that could have been added to make this title feel any more complete or (pardon the pun) ‘Final’.
  31. There are only six levels—some in space, others that involve going underwater—but many difficult-to-find paths through each. Up the difficulty setting and you'll be glad you don't have to drop in a quarter for every life. Then again, what'll that buy you these days?
  32. While R-Type Final is the hardest of the hardcore shooters, most gamers may find it too hardcore. However, for the series' already steady fanbase, Final provides a solid, exciting, and most of all... fun, experience that's well worth the $29.99 price tag.
  33. Its combination of great level design and gameplay mechanics challenges your reflexes as well as your mind.
  34. Cheat Code Central
    80
    It's a sharp looking game loaded with action from the get-go. The range of difficulty settings ensures that hardcore gamers will get the workout that they crave while remaining totally accessible to all but the most feeble of players.
  35. Delivers a great graphical and audio punch as well as retaining good gameplay. While new players may feel a little lost, those who have followed the series will likely enjoy the level of customization and the great environments.
  36. 78
    Its addictive gameplay and good visuals pay tribute to its predecessors by holding onto the values of its old creation. R-Type Final really allows the R-Type series to go out on a big high.
  37. Best suited for experienced players searching for a serious challenge, R-Type Final is a beautiful game meant only for the hardcore.
  38. The simplistic nature of the game doesn't leave a ton of staying power, but with an MSRP of $29.99, it's a great way to go out.
  39. Play Magazine
    75
    The background periodically moves out of synch with the action (like a movie playing behind the left-to-right flow) and the music could be a bit more charged, but otherwise I cherished every moment returning to a genre embedded in my DNA. [Feb 2004, p.46]
  40. A glorious sendoff for the venerable series, and an absolute must-own for any serious fan. While it ultimately fails to match up the strongest entries in the series – the original "R-Type" and the fantastic "R-Type Delta" – in terms of stage design and challenge, it compensates with the vast wealth of playable craft and subtle nods to its own spectacular lineage. [Import]
  41. 75
    While the large ship selection is a fun idea, it's no substitute for the essential elements of good level design, consistent game speed, gameplay originality and a smokin' soundtrack.

Awards & Rankings

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#60 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#97 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    You know, for some reason I have always sucked completely at horizontal shooters. I can play the crap out of a vertical one but not aYou know, for some reason I have always sucked completely at horizontal shooters. I can play the crap out of a vertical one but not a horizontal. But I have ALWAYS felt at home with the horizontal R-Type series, one of my favorite game series of all time. And this game is probably the best in the genre, at least aside from space shooter masterpiece Ikaruga. BUY IT. There is so much content in this game it's unbelievable. Full Review »
  2. SrinuV.
    Feb 1, 2004
    10
    To those who treat mould-breaking games as life's milestones; those who can still smell the silver coins on their fingers ... this is To those who treat mould-breaking games as life's milestones; those who can still smell the silver coins on their fingers ... this is dangerously close to the best in the genre. Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2015
    8
    A worthy ending for an amazing series. R - Type Final pushes the PS2's hardware to the limits by providing full 3D graphical fast-enough pacedA worthy ending for an amazing series. R - Type Final pushes the PS2's hardware to the limits by providing full 3D graphical fast-enough paced action (absolutely 0 sprites in the entire game!). Huge replay value thanks to the enormous roster of 101 ships, all different and with a Developer log that's always fun to read, increasing the R - Type universe's richness. 12 Stages in total (including the secret ones) to make sure that you don't get bored when you repeat the same levels over and over again only to unlock new ships with cool new Wave Cannons and Forces.
    Unfortunately, some cool features like testing ships in real time or changing the difficulty mid-campaign (in case you get stuck) aren't present in this game, and the frame rate drops sub-30 sometimes. The complex PS2 Hardware doesn't allow Frame Skipping, so in, maybe half of the stages, the game will suffer from a major slow down to keep pace with the FPS. This can be very frustrating, specially when it actually helps you beat the game. But I still highly recommend playing the game.
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