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IGN: R-Type Retrospective

No game genre has been as thoroughly wrung out as shoot-'em-ups. From the initial descent of the alien horde in Space Invaders to the hellzapoppin bullet curtains of DoDonPachi, literally thousands of shooters have pulverized screens around the world, all built around one core mechanic: survive. With such crowded ranks, it's easy for a shooter to be quickly absorbed by the genre and never heard from again, save for an occasional impassioned message board rant from a member of its dedicated fan base. Few shooters gain universal status as best of breed, but one that does manage to enter every single conversation about the greatest shooters of all time is R-Type.

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