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.
* The gimmicky video options are fun.
* Actually playable with infinite continues.
* Niche genre appeal, despite sexy upgrades
* R-Type's Stage 4 sectional boss: Are you kidding?