Carl Williams writes, "Over the course of gaming, we have seen a ton of scrolling shooters come and go. The genre that started with the likes of Defender and Space Invaders evolved all the way up to visually impressive titles such as Ikaruga and the various bullet hell games. One series that has held its own over the years, even against much more visually striking competition, is the R-Type series. The only other series that can probably hold a candle to R-Type would be the Darius games by Taito. R-Types was a late release for the original Playstation console, hitting in 1999. This didn’t matter because the contents of that CD-ROM are timeless."