There’s a real art and challenge to making new entries in classic arcade series. On the one hand you need to be careful to attempt to capture the spirit and essence of the originals, but then you also need to make some changes that are deeper than mere cosmetics to help show an evolution from titles that may have originated decades in the past. The thing is, on a base level, R-Type Final 2 absolutely accomplishes both tasks, borrowing very obvious elements and inspirations from the ship, weapon, and stage layouts of the original titles while adding new elements of ship types that change things up a bit with new weapons and play styles possible that you can experiment with. Where things get a bit more dicey is in the realm of polish though. There’s no doubt that visually everything looks pretty great, but prolonged time with the title shows some rough edges in terms of performance in places, some instability, and perhaps not quite enough overall content to justify its price tag when compared to many of its contemporaries already on the system that do more with less, though obviously lacking in the pedigree of the series. True arcade shooter fans will likely enjoy this, but aside from a sale more casual genre fans may want to hold out on this one in favor of a cheaper and likely still comparable alternative.
Justin Nation, Score: