R*TYPE III - THE THIRD LIGHTNING
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アールタイプ3
©1993 Irem Corp.
Release: 1993-12-10 (¥9800)
Cartridge SHVC-ER
Shooter / Horizontal

American Version
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Released in America as
R-TYPE III
( SNS-ER-USA )

European Version
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Released in Europe as
R-TYPE III
( SNSP-ER-XXX )
R*Type, originally released in the arcades in 1987, is a milestone in video game history and is most certainly known by any shooter fan out there. Here is the third, and (nearly) Super Famicom exclusive episode of the series. R*Type is a side-scrolling shooter featuring a powerful space-ship, the R-9. The evil Bydo empire is back and once again the ship and his pilot are humanity's last bastion of hope. The Force, a floating orb made out of alien technology that follows the ship everywhere and protects it, is probably the most popular feature of all. However, R*Type 3 was the first game in the series to introduce new Force variations. Three types are available : the original Round Force, the Shadow Force and the Cyclone Force. Each one of them obviously offer a different sets of weapons and they also behave differently when detached from the ship. Another great originality of any R*Type title is the charging-shot. Here again, if the player holds the fire button long enough, the ship will charge-up a powerful blast of energy strong enough to pass through anything. This weapon is at the core of the gameplay and some bosses can only be damaged by its blast. R*Type 3 is a huge game and each area is extremely long and varied.
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US version 2nd boss In the American version of the game, the boss at the end of the second (organic) stage is surprisingly slightly different (picture on the left). It does not shoot black spermatozoid-like creatures at the player, but more 'politically' correct giant eyes instead.

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R*Type 3 : The Third Lightning is one of the best R*Type game ever made. Irem has managed here to produce a sequel that captured the very soul of the original game. Obviously, this means that the game is hard, very hard, and some areas will need to be fully memorized in order to be passed. This is the reason why R*type has always had this interesting, yet frustrating, learning curve. Nonetheless, you will end up going a little further every time you play and literally breeze through the first stages. You have to learn your way through the game, otherwise it will chew you up and spit you out! Graphics are some of the most beautiful and impressive I have seen for the Super Famicom system and the level design is just genius. Stages are huge and feature excellent ideas, such at the rotating space station in the first stage or the acid falling from the ceiling in the second stage and dissolving elements of the background. The game also uses every visual trickery the Super Famicom has to offer with gorgeous multi-layered backgrounds where the Mode 7 is cleverly used throughout. R*type only suffers from rare slowdowns in places, but nothing bad. All in all, this title is a must have for any shooter fan, especially when the game Boy Advance port released in 2004 is surprisingly far from getting anywhere near this masterpiece.




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