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1UP (Feb 05, 2009)
Even with a couple of niggling flaws -- namely the fact that you can't customize the button layout, and some hit-detection issues with bosses -- R-Type Dimensions is well worth an investment for shoot-em-up nuts, if only to see these classics properly presented in high resolution. Along with Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix, these games are showing that retro remakes can be handled in new and interesting ways while still preserving the originals with enough options to keep purists happy.
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Retro Gamer (Mar 26, 2009)
One of the greatest shooters of all time has been given a high-definition make-over that actually works. If you've ever loved the original, you owe it to yourself to play this one.
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UOL Jogos (Feb 12, 2009)
"R-Type Dimensions" é o excelente resgate de dois jogos de tiro espacial fundamentais. Com a mecânica intacta e uma apresentação que brinca com os gráficos, é um prato cheio para fãs do estilo que curtem experiências mais cadenciadas e de maior precisão, Já os novatos tem a chance de descobrir um par de clássicos que ainda se mostram divertidos, até mesmo que com o uso de vidas infinitas para aqueles que só querem curtir a paisagem.
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GamePro (US) (Feb 13, 2009)
But you don't have to do it alone, a multiplayer feature has been added to allow you and a buddy to take on this beast of a game. Even then you both will have to come up with a strategy in order to defeat the enemies, so memorization is still a major part of this game. You will need to get down patterns in order to defeat bosses and certain enemy types. But no worries on the life expectancy, you can play the traditional three lives or change it to allow you to have infinite lives, whichever one you prefer. On top of that you do have power-ups at your disposal. You can have missiles, grenades, lasers and a few other weapons at your disposal to help you control enemy flow.
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Wonderwallweb.com (Feb 12, 2009)
R-Type Dimensions has a few flaws, primarily that you can’t change the controller layout and there are a few hit-detection issues in certain areas. But overall, the set is worth a purchase by anyone who enjoys old-school shoot-em-ups. The only thing that may put some off is the price tag which is quite steep at 1200 MS points.
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4Players.de (Feb 04, 2009)
Ich wäre bereits sehr glücklich gewesen, wenn Irem einfach die guten alten R-Typen durch den Emulator gejagt und im klassischen Design auf den Marketplace geschmissen hätte. Aber offenbar bleibt diese Vorgehensweise Konami vorbehalten, denn R-Type Dimensions setzt neue Standards in Sachen liebe- und respektvoller Behandlung altehrwürdiger Marken: Allein für den brillanten 2D-/3D-Umschalteffekt gehören die Entwickler liebkost und mit Geldbergen überhäuft, aber damit hört’s ja nicht auf: Koop-Modus, coole Grafikoptionen, sowohl Einsteigern als auch auf Highscores bedachten Profis (ich hatte vollkommen verdrängt, wie absurd schwer R-Type 2 war) sehr entgegen kommender Endlosmodus - toll! chade nur, dass kein freies Einsteigen in den Koop möglich ist, ein gemeinsames Spiel muss auch gemeinsam begonnen werden. Außerdem finde ich es schade, dass die Musik im Gegensatz zur Grafik, keinerlei Neubehandlung erfuhr - hier hätte sich ein optionaler Remix eigentlich aufgedrängt.
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IGN (Feb 04, 2009)
Whether or not R-Type Dimensions is the game for you depends on your budget, your gaming tastes and your sense of nostalgia. If you fondly remember the R-Types of old and have been itching to feel that sense of intense difficulty again on your console, then you’d be crazy not to download this one. But if you’re not a fan of the genre or prefer the fast-paced vertical shooters like Ikaruga, you might be disappointed with R-Type Dimensions’ style. But one thing’s for sure. If developers are going to remake a classic arcade game, this is the approach to take.
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Project COE (May 24, 2014)
The awesome ability to switch between the original arcade versions and the redux versions are absolutely superb. I can’t tell you how often I found myself flipping back and forth. While I love shooters myself, this one is extremely challenging unless you play on the infinite lives mode, but then there’s no challenge at all. Whether you purchase this one on Xbox Live Arcade or the PlayStation Network, it’s certainly a legendary shooter that’s worth checking out.
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Meristation (Feb 06, 2009)
En definitiva, aunque deban ser 1200 los puntos Microsoft a desembolsar para hacerse con R-Type Dimensions, su adquisición es más que recomendable. Recuperar clásicos del pasado al tiempo que se dotan de un nuevo y remozado apartado gráfico en alta definición es algo que esperamos se convierta en nota predominante a la hora de llevar a cabo este tipo de proyectos, dado que los resultados hasta el momento demuestran ser más que satisfactorios. Ojalá en un futuro cercano podamos disfrutar de nuevos R-Type Dimensions en los que se incluyan el resto de entregas de la saga. De momento, nos concentraremos en lo que tenemos, que no es poco.
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Giant Bomb (Feb 09, 2009)
Side-scrolling shooters have been on the endangered genres list for years and years now, but somehow they keep limping along with just enough major releases to prevent extinction. Downloadable platforms like Live Arcade have created a great platform for developers to release shooters with minimal investment, and Tozai has capitalized on that here with R-Type Dimensions, a feature-rich shooter that can appeal to people with either a passing or a serious interest in the genre.
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Totally Gaming Network (Feb 11, 2009)
Nevertheless, it’s one of the best retro retreads you can find on XBLA and Tozai should be applauded for doing the original game justice without trying to get too clever with it. If nothing else, it brought a warm glow of nostalgia to a haggard old gamer for a few hours, and that’s no bad thing at all.
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videogamer.com (Feb 09, 2009)
R-Type Dimensions is a very well made and highly recommended XBLA game, combining the original games' brilliance with a touch of modern presentation. 1200 Microsoft Points might seem a tad high, but we doubt too many people would be moaning had this been an enhanced port of the original game for 800 points - considering you get the sequel too it's well worth its price tag. For a 22-year-old game it stands up remarkably well, but it's a shame that a few omissions prevent R-Type Dimensions from being all it could have been.
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GameDaily (Feb 04, 2009)
R-Type Dimensions, available for Xbox Live Arcade, includes Irem's R-Type and R-Type II, available in their original 2-D splendor and new 3-D versions. The gameplay is still as addictive as ever, as you tear a hole through the Bydo Empire using power-ups such as reflective lasers and missiles. The difficulty is incredibly high (bullets come at you from every direction), but the newly added stage select and Infinity options relieve some frustration. Don't worry about the game's 1200-point price tag. R-Type Dimensions is worth the investment, especially if you love intense shooters.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Feb 05, 2009)
The result is a tough but lovely recreation of two of the greatest orthodox shoot-'em-ups ever made. There's no denying that both titles are products of the genre's formative years and, in terms of both graphical splendour and range of game mechanics they falter next to the likes of Gradius V or even R-Type Final. But what the games lack in breadth they make up for in depth, offering a mesmerising ride through an experience way ahead of its time. To more fully answer Irem's 1987 question then, 'Probably not. But we'll give it a damn good try.'
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TeamXbox (Feb 02, 2009)
Whatever your choice, you can’t ignore that R-Type Dimensions offers another taste of classic gaming, with some enhancements to make it more attractive and contemporary, and that’s playable from the comfort of the living-room couch. Only you can decide if it’s the right value for you.
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Game Captain (Feb 17, 2009)
Spielerisch ist alles beim alten geblieben (abgesehen davon das es noch einen Tick schwerer geworden ist). Grafisch ist die Neuauflage ganz gut geworden. ohne sich zu weit vom Original zu entfernen. Allerdings hätten an der einen oder anderen Stelle ein paar mehr Polygone sicher nicht geschadet. Dazu kommen nette Features wie der Koop-modus oder die verschiedenen Grafikeinstellungen. Eher negativ fallen der Sound sowie der fast schon absurd hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad auf. Zudem ist das Spiel mit momentan 1200 MS-Points für einen Arcadetitel relativ teuer. Trotzdem lohnt sich die Anschaffung für Fans oder Leute die zur Abwechslung zum ganzen 3D-Übergrafikgedöns einfach mal etwas zweidimensional ballern wollen.
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Console Monster (Feb 12, 2009)
A welcome addition to R-Type fans is co-op online (and local) play, allowing you to halve the frustration with a friend. This coupled with leaderboards adds the typical flare of playing age old classics on your current generation console. Whether these new features on offer add up to 1200 MS points is a personal question of what type of gamer you are. Retro fans will no doubt rejoice, as will gamers who love the pad breaking frustration of a challenge.
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Official XBox Magazine (Feb 04, 2009)
Once you settle into a look you like, the game proves just as punishing as ever. As Bydo Empire aliens attack from all around in claustrophobic corridors, you’ll need the Force — a sphere that fires extra attacks and can ram enemies — almost as much as you’ll need a co-op copilot (couch or Live, your choice). You might fail to see what all the fuss is about if you’re not a shmup historian, but for the faithful it’s a pleasure to rediscover R-Type with friends and flash.
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Eurogamer.de (May 23, 2011)
Was die spielerische Umsetzung des Altmaterials angeht, lasse ich dieses Fazit ruhigen Gewissens auf der Note „perfekt" enden. Was jedoch nicht bedeutet, dass R-Type ein Spiel für jedermann wäre. Es ist brutal, hart und trotz aller Fairness unvergebend. Außer Ihr nutzt das legale Cheat-System namens Infinite-Modus, gönnt Euch endlose Leben und fragt Euch, warum Ihr überhaupt spielt. Ein wenig 3D und CoOp reichen nicht, um 20 Jahre Entwicklung im Gamedesign gänzlich zu überspringen, aber schaffen eine wirklich nette – und recht teure – zeitgenössische Version eines Baller-Epos, das wir nicht ohne Grund in guter Erinnerung behalten haben.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 05, 2009)
R-Types Dimensions est un jeu en kit, dans le bon sens du terme : ses nombreuses options et fonctionnalités diverses et variées vous permettent de revivre à votre façon un épisode culte de l'histoire du shoot'em up. Seul ou à deux, en mode facile ou classique, avec un rendu moderne ou rétro... Le choix vous est laissé. Ceci étant, pour un titre qui n'a tout de même pas bénéficié de trésors de développement (le level-design et le game design, notamment, restent inchangés), il est possible de trouver le tarif de 1200 points un peu excessif. A vous de voir si ce trip nostalgique en vaut la chandelle, en téléchargeant par exemple la version d'essai !
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Gamekult (Feb 13, 2009)
Enfin, R-Type Dimensions vous permettra de jouer en coop en local ou en ligne. Bref, il y a de quoi redécouvrir ces classiques dans de bonnes conditions. Il est tout de même regrettable que ce voyage dans le temps soit facturé 1.200 points. Il faut bien reconnaître que les mécaniques des deux jeux ont pris un petit coup de vieux et que le challenge proposé reste assez bancal. Il y avait certes un peu mieux à faire, mais le résultat est déjà très tentant, avouons-le.
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GameSpot (Feb 06, 2009)
As with most Xbox Live arcade revivals, R-Type Dimensions is a thorough and enjoyable blast from the past. It doesn't add much to these 20-year-old classics, and the price point seems a bit high at 1,200 points for a couple of fairly short games that are likely older than a lot of their prospective modern buyers. But these remakes are faithful to their inspirations, which can work wonders on fans of coin-op nostalgia.
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Gamer.nl (Feb 04, 2009)
R-Type was altijd al een spel voor de bikkels. Met de nieuwe Infinite-modus kan iedereen het uitspelen, maar dat zal je geen plezier doen wanneer je niet van plan bent je scores tot in den treure te verbeteren. Is dat wel je ding, dan biedt R-Type ondanks het hoge prijspunt zeker waar voor je geld.
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Thunderbolt Games (Feb 12, 2009)
For the rest of us, the Infinite Mode makes the game way too easy and short, so there won’t be a lot to go back to other than the co-op. So really it depends on whether you’re willing to fight through the classic mode to try and justify your purchase. Those that do will enjoy R-Type Dimensions despite it’s horrendous difficulty level. There’s been a lot of effort and love put in to keep it from being just another retro game on the Arcade. The new presentational options differentiate it from that group, but I still don’t think it’s enough to warrant the high price point. The hardcore fans looking for nostalgia will definitely get the most out of it by far. It still maintains the classic look, sound and gameplay that made it such a hit in the first place. It’s just not for everyone, despite all the new bells and whistles that may attract a more casual audience.
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Cheat Code Central (Feb, 2009)
R-Type Dimensions is an attempt to appeal to both retro gamers and newcomers. It's an unmitigated success when it comes to the former, and an unmitigated disaster for the latter. Anyone who wants the old games will get exactly what they're looking for, but those who want something that'll compete with modern shooters should stick to, well, modern shooters.
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MS Xbox World (Feb 17, 2009)
R-Type Dimensions is pretty expensive for such an old game with such short levels, which makes this a game best suited to side-scrolling fanatics or people who just have money to burn. You mostly get what you pay for...if you’re willing to pay that much for it.


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