While perhaps carrying a bit of a premium price, this distinctive arcade shooting series is a blast to play without much doubt
Considering there’s gotten to be quite an impressive collection of arcade-style shooters on the Switch, I’ll admit I’m always a bit nervous to check a new one out, hoping that it won’t be another decent experience that isn’t able to hang with the big players. In the case of Ray’z Arcade Chronology my concerns were thankfully pushed aside quickly by a style of play that’s both distinctive to this series but also very familiar. Across the 3 classic Taito shooters (RayForce, RayStorm, and RayCrisis) you’ll be able to witness the careful evolution of play that always retains its staple elements with the pretty unique targeting system and the flow of play it creates, while generally becoming more visually engaging and exciting. Perhaps weirdly I’ll admit that my favorite is the original, perhaps being the most traditional and visually less elaborate but simply killing it with its tight, satisfying, and pretty challenging play. The one concern is the cost of admission, feeling a bit steep put up against some of its competition, but for shmup fans it’s absolutely worthwhile to have ready access to these strong and distinctive classics.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]