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
Buy On
  1. On the easier levels, I usually just died of boredom, on the harder difficulties I swore in anger at the title's merciless assault. [Mar 2004, p.107]
  2. Sure, the slowdown is an unfortunate negative, but the rest of the game is overwhelmingly solid. R-Type Final might not bring any new tricks to the table, but it certainly takes what it does best and enhances it ever-so-slightly for a new generation of gamers.
  3. This 2D shooter in a 3D environment may look slightly frayed around the edges and dated in many respects but with so few proper video shooters that go back to the real roots of arcade blasting this is a nice short fix.
  4. PSM Magazine
    70
    A solid, if somewhat slow-paced, shooter that offers up loads of ship variety and a good amount of challenge. [Mar 2004, p.37]
  5. Far from disappointing, it’s just not the best in its series and not the innovation that some people might have hoped for.
  6. This PS2 monster is insanely difficult and action-packed, full of bizarre monsters, both robotic and organic and you have a plethora of weapons to destroy them with.
  7. 70
    There will undoubtedly be those who, having cut their teeth on onslaughts such as "GigaWing" and "Mars Matrix," will feel somewhat let down by the sparse, reheated level design on offer here. For those with a passion for the series, however, there is a huge amount to enjoy. [Japan Import]
  8. Perhaps worth a rental to R-Type junkies and those who love a solid 2D shooter, but nothing is really new here... and maybe that's the point.
  9. The combination of quality visuals, excellent game play, and the mass of unlock able content makes R-Type Final a truly pleasurable experience.

Awards & Rankings

#60 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#61 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 21 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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