This game will take you back a decade. Remember those days at the arcade that would suck your quarters like no tomorrow, and you would go home with a blister from button mashing at those pesky flight action games? Raiden: Fighter Aces does just that, except in the comfort of your home and with one flat price. If you miss that experience, this might be for you. The difficulty is just as you would remember. You will die a lot until you get the hang of it. And even then, there can be the barrage of enemy fire you can't avoid. It can be frustrating, but there are difficulty levels that can be toned down for more casual gamers, or those who are new to this type of genre. That will be appreciated, since the learning curve, like any game in this manner, can be described as only "easy to learn, difficult to master". The controls and responsiveness are what you would expect. Use the thumbstick to move, use the buttons to shoot. Although it is simple, the sensitivity of it is a plus. Speed of movement is based on the pressure you apply, meaning you won't weave one enemy's fire to swirve way off your intended designation straight into another enemy. As another reviewer said, a stick adds much more of the arcade feel to it, but is not needed to enjoy the game. The graphics, interface and sound can all be described simply as an arcade kind of experience, which I would assume is exactly what the developers went for. The colors are bright, the music is zany andthe enemies range from simple to "OHMYGOD LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING!" From tiny explosions from drone craft, to big roaring booms from bosses, to the detailed background of a land stage, to the ship details that you will likely miss from dodging fire and downing enemies, it's all there. The storyline got a low score because...well...these games never really have a story. Maybe a tiny backplot as to why you're shooting thousands of things alone, but that's about it. It was about the gameplay, and I can't be mad at the game for that. All in all, this game probably isn't for everyone to play over and over, and will likely be shunned by the generation of gamers who missed out on an arcade and jumped straight to Halo and Gears of War. But for us gamers who loved the arcade and were saddened to see the rapid decline of them, we appreciate these things and enjoy them. Raiden: Fighter Aces is a trip back in time, and something I would recommend to you.
yes: I recommend this product