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The Video Game Critic
Despite the astonishing degree of chaos you can unleash, I never detected any slow-down. You'll be dodging missiles from all directions, but by far your biggest enemy is hesitation. The key to this game is getting into a rhythm! Before you get started however I would recommend setting the difficulty to normal (easy is the default) and turning rapid-fire on (your thumb will thank you). Continues are available so even uncoordinated players can get a peek at advanced stages. The sound effects are only average, but the upbeat soundtrack is quite good. Raiden Trad may not appear to be much on the surface, but the more you play, the more you realize what an expertly-crafted shooter it really is.
First impressions are none too good. The sprites are poorly defined and lack variety, although the movement and scrolling is very smooth. However, once you get into the game, it's not at all bad. Shoot 'em ups are a very tired genre, but this game has a couple of features which raise it a few notches above the average blaster. The random power-ups dished out after the loss of a life make progression through the more difficult stages much less frustrating, and the wealth of power-ups provide great satisfaction in their wide-spread destruction. There aren't many good up-screen shooters, and whilst this isn't an essential purchase, it's one which bored shoot 'em up fans should definitely consider.
Shoot-em-up fans will be disappointed with Raiden Trad's tunes, but find the title packs enough action for more than a few hours of standard space jockey thrills.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Raiden is an exceptionally tough game in the arcade, this version is a bit toned down but still retains most of the aspects that made the coin-op a classic. Great gameplay that is filled with power-ups, tons of enemies to shoot at, and awesome explosions.
Sans être la catastrophe du siècle, cette version de Raiden Densetsu est plutôt décevante, surtout si on compare au jeu d'arcade originel !
Der Einstieg in die Welt der großen Ballerspiele auf dem Mega-Drive ("Musha Aleste", "Gynoug" oder "Elemental Master") bleibt Micronet noch verwehrt. Die Grafik ist wahrhaftig nicht besonders umwerfend und doch etwas zu lieblos geworden. Der Sound dudelt monoton vor sich hin, manche Effekte sind wirklich zum Gruseln. Das Scrolling ist so langsam, daß man die herumlaufenden Kühe zählen kann. Ein wenig Geschwindigkeit hätte Raiden Trad sicher sehr gut getan. Insgesamt bleibt Micronets neues Werk leider nur ein ganz nettes Spiel für zwischendurch, Musha Aleste behauptet sich trotz seines Alters. Einzig nette Idee: die Fee die Extras spendet.
Many people who purchase and played the game were very disappointed with the lack of animation, horrible graphics, and very slow paced action. The Genesis was able to do more than that, it just seems like Micronet was rushing just to get a Raiden game on the Genesis as soon as possible. I'd recommend you only buy Raiden Trad if you want to collect all the Genesis shooters, but otherwise stay away from it.