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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The coin-op classics, R-Type and R-Type II, are together at last in R-Type Dimensions! Fight through all 14 Bydo-infested stages in original 2-D or all-new 3-D graphics, and swap back and forth on-the-fly. The classic gameplay remains untouched, and a new Infinite game mode allows continuous progression from game start to the final boss. The Bydo will not evade you this time! Game modes can be played as single player or multiplayer missions, either locally or over Xbox LIVE. Pull yourself together, save the Earth, and strike down the evil Bydo Empire! Multiple game modes: Try the Classic game mode with play that exactly mimics the original coin-op experiences, or the all-new Infinite game mode, assuring the completion of your game regardless of skill level. Either mode offers both single player and all-new co-op play (both local and over Xbox LIVE). Switch on-the-fly between 2-D and 3-D graphic modes even during play. Crazy camera: Play from a non-orthogonal camera view, adding a whole new perspective. Cooperative play: New cooperative play uses a simple yet thrilling revive system, and a ship collision feature that can be turned on for added difficulty and sparring. New features: The new stage unlock functionality allows you to have immediate access to your favorite stages, and the new Continue option lets you restart from the last accessed checkpoint when the game's over. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    The fact that you can change the graphics instantly is just plain cool, and creates a real "how'd they do that?" feeling, but both the angled view and the 2D "arcade" camera -- where you view the game through a tiny arcade cabinet monitor -- are novelties.
  2. 84
    If you fondly remember the R-Types of old and have been itching to feel that sense of intense difficulty again on your console, then you’d be crazy not to download this one.
  3. Nevertheless, it’s one of the best retro retreads you can find on XBLA and Tozai should be applauded for doing the original game justice without trying to get too clever with it.
  4. You can’t ignore that R-Type Dimensions offers another taste of classic gaming, with some enhancements to make it more attractive and contemporary, and that’s playable from the comfort of the living-room couch.
  5. R-Type Dimensions is a good adaption with very few changes. This game is definitely able to guarantee some hours of entertainment.
  6. This is a collection of games, containing the first and second installments of R-Type. These games can still hold their own, even by today's standards, but they're certainly not for the casual gamer. The ability to switch between 2D and 3D is a nice option, but apart from that nuance these games are still as excruciatingly tough as they were back in the day.
  7. THE side-scrolling shooter, now possible to complete. [Apr 2009, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 28, 2012
    9
    I'm giving this game a 9 because I'm a Masochist. R Type dimensions includes R Type and R Type 2. The final bosses of both games are nearly impossible and you would be lucky to make it past the first couple levels. However there's a sense of satisfaction from making it farther than you did last time. Also, you can play it cooperatively, and can toggle infinite lives for the faint of heart. Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2014
    9
    I enjoy these games, but the two things I always wanted were co-op and the ability for my next ship to come right back in instead of starting at a checkpoint. R-Type Dimensions allows me to do both with unlimited lives! You can still play the the right way if you're hardcore, but these new additions make the game much more accessible. Optional graphic upgrades, local or online co-op and the ability to replay any stage as much as you want round out the collection. This is R-Type perfected. Expand

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