Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
Buy On
  1. 75
    Whether as a Raiden game or a general shoot-em-up, Raiden IV doesn't really take any steps forward. That's not so bad, though: it looks good (better than most other similar games on Xbox 360), plays good, and has a suitable amount of extras. For a shooter enthusiast, it's just about all you can ask for -- and at around $40, less than standard retail price. It's just nice to see Raiden again.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. JesseS
    Dec 14, 2009
    9
    The west hasn't embraced the manic shooter genre, I believe mostly due to approaching it the wrong way and diving in head first. Do not, The west hasn't embraced the manic shooter genre, I believe mostly due to approaching it the wrong way and diving in head first. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT feel embarrassed about setting your first playthrough to "very easy"- I assure you it's the only way to begin your appreciation for these kind of games, and it WILL challenge you. That said, Raiden IV is an excellent first choice and a renowned series. Provides plenty of opportunity to begin and improve your skill. Unfortunately you may often be squinting your eyes, as, like many other shooters, this game was originally formatted to a vertical resolution. That is unless you're planning to take advantage of the tilt-degree feature, physically turning your flatscreen sideways. The content is short, very well done and tweaked to perfection- content you don't mind playing over again and getting better at- much the opposite to your modern-day overloading of shallow, time-wasting stuff. Raiden IV looks great and the high-energy music sounds awesome. Western gamers, journalists, it is absolutely required that you swallow your pride. You won't regret getting good at manic shooters... it becomes a rush Full Review »