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Vertically-scrolling shooter fans have a lot to be excited about today, as Japanese developer MOSS has announced that, along with the new Raiden IV: OverKill patch that allows for arcade stick compatibility, a new entry in the storied franchise will be making its way to consoles sometime in 2015.
While next to zero information was provided by today’s big announcement for the new game, we can safely assume a couple of things given the series that we’re talking about here. First, there’s going to be a bunch of enemies to shoot at. Second, you’re going to be dodging a hellacious number of bullets, as well as enemy ships. Third, making things go boom is going to be a lot of fun.
At least that’s the case in the most recent entry in the series, the PlayStation 3 title, Raiden IV: OverKill.
As for those who are unfamiliar with the Raiden series or the scrolling shooter genre in general, UFO Interactive’s Alex Lotz likened the gameplay to a recent Sci-Fi movie blockbuster.
“Playing Raiden IV: OverKill is a brutally instructive experience,” he said. “Like Tom Cruise’s character in Edge of Tomorrow, you can expect to die countless times as you learn the patterns of your enemies. But once you’ve put in the work it takes just to survive the game’s onslaught, it dares you to take more risks by rewarding you for breaking up your natural movement patterns.”
So, yeah, it’s challenging as all get-out, but that’s one of the major draws of bullet hell games. These titles are made for folks who are comfortable with grinding and repetition until you start to move based on muscle memory and instinct alone. It can be a frustrating journey, but it’s hugely rewarding for those who take the time to master each level.
“With its hardcore appeal, it’s no small wonder the game has recently been one of the top downloads off PlayStation Store in Japan,” Lotz continued. “US PlayStation gamers have shown in the past—by embracing games like Demon’s Souls--that they are up for a challenge and the deep satisfaction that comes with seeing hard work pay off, and those with arcade sticks can now take on that challenge with their weapons of choice.”
As stated earlier on and now reiterated by Alex Lotz, that should come as extremely good news for fans of playing these types of games the way they were always meant to be played, back in the glory days of the arcade. You can dive into Raiden IV: OverKill for the PlayStation 3 right now, and keep an eye out for the next game in the series sometime in 2015.