Raiden III PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Shoot. Evade. Destroy! Fight your way through countless enemies as you pilot the legendary Raiden fighter in this latest installment for your PlayStation 2. Enhanced Graphics – The series has transitioned from its 2D roots to 3D, creating lush environments, devastating explosions andShoot. Evade. Destroy! Fight your way through countless enemies as you pilot the legendary Raiden fighter in this latest installment for your PlayStation 2. Enhanced Graphics – The series has transitioned from its 2D roots to 3D, creating lush environments, devastating explosions and countless enemies, without a drop in frame-rate. All the favorites are back, including all the weapons (ie, spread shot, laser cannon, and proton laser), bigger then life boss battles, and the insane amount of enemies populating the screen at one time. Two players can play together to push back the invading forces, just like in the arcade. There is also a new 'multiplayer' mode that lets one player control two ships. There are several new modes within this title that can be unlocked, including Boss Rush (which lets you battle against bosses you have conquered) and Score Attack Mode (replay levels to obtain the highest score). There is also a Replay mode, so you can analyze your play as well as that of the bosses, and a gallery mode, which holds images, easter eggs, etc. when it is unlocked. There are also several new options so the player can tailor fit the game to maximize their experience, making for the most complete shooter on the PS2. [UFO Interactive] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Raiden III is a good shmup. Its solid looking, has good bullet patterns/enemies, and the levels are set at just the right level in terms of fun and difficulty (there are also multiple difficulty options available from the start).
  2. It’s one of those games that fans will probably enjoy, even if there’s little that stands out other than the Dual mode. [JPN Import]
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    The most interesting feature though, has to be the inclusion of the "Double Play" mode where it's possible to play a 2P game whilst controlling both ships - a technique made famous by a skillful Japanese Ikaruga player, and now here it is entering the mainstream as a proper play mode. [JPN Import]
  4. Enjoyable as it can be in spurts, Raiden III doesn't do anything unique to stand out from other modern shoot-'em-ups, and that it isn't priced at a flat-out budget rate is a bit disquieting.
  5. There, however, is one thing that sets Raiden III apart from the shooter pack: it's single-player mode enables you to control both warplanes at once, essentially playing co-op with yourself. It's simple, really - the left analog stick and shoulder buttons control one ship, and the right analog stick and shoulder buttons control the other.
  6. The game doesn't take long enough to beat, there's no real reason to play it again, and there isn't anything even remotely special about the experience.
  7. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    30
    A purebred '80s throwback, Raiden III hasn't a chance of competing with exciting modern shooters - or even the classics of yesteryear. Look elsewhere for your shoot-'em-up thrills. [Oct 2006, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChristianC.
    Apr 21, 2007
    9
    This shooter is excellent, and compared with others games of the same gender on PS2 it's awesome. It's fast, has good looking This shooter is excellent, and compared with others games of the same gender on PS2 it's awesome. It's fast, has good looking graphics & effects and very enjoyable. The music is not bad, but sometimes lack in excitement. Definitively a must-have-game for all space shooter fan. Expand
  2. DanSpinas
    May 6, 2009
    9
    Great Game IF you're a fan of the genre and/or the series. It compares favorably with I & II; however, much better graphics. The bossesGreat Game IF you're a fan of the genre and/or the series. It compares favorably with I & II; however, much better graphics. The bosses seem a bit on the tough side, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. A "must have" since you can pick it up online or bargain bin for around $20. Expand

Awards & Rankings

#82 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007