Super Raiden


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 7

Sound: 10

Gameplay: 6

Overall: 6

raiden.gif (20382 bytes)Sometimes, you simply have to question a designers decision. For instance, why would you take a Hu-Card port of the classic shooter Raiden, plop it on CD, add nothing to it (except a killer soundtrack), not even the desperately needed 2-player mode? Then they have the audacity to call it "Super?" Very strange indeed...

Anyone looking for gameplay details can head on over and read the review of the TG-16 version. This version is absolutely identical gameplay wise and graphically. Even the flicker occurs at the exact same time as the Hu-card rendition. You could search for hours, but there is no difference between the two. Well, there is one, actually.

Raiden is well known for it's superb soundtrack and this one features the best and most stylized version of the tracks ever. . The addition of electric guitar riffs that were oh-so-prevalent in early CD-ROM games fits in here. It's a personal choice as to whether this beats the remixes on the Playstation's Raiden Project. As an added bonus (not exactly an advertised bonus) the entire soundtrack is redbook so you could very easily burn your own soundtrack.

There you have it. This wonderful import is surely a great game, but only if you can forgive the fact that this port takes no advantage of the hardware whatsoever. The simple addition of a 2-player mode would've been sufficient enough, but it's obvious this one a quick cash-in on the games name.Stick with the cheaper non-CD or splurge for the two game Raiden Project.


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Last updated: Monday, September 26, 2005 12:10 AM