Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, PC
- Publisher: UFO Interactive Games
- Developer: Moss Co., Ltd.
- Release Date: Oct 10, 2017
- Rating: E10+ For Everyone 10+
- Genre: Action, Shooter, Shoot ‘em up
- Players: 1-2 (Offline only)
- Official Website: https://www.ufointeractivegames.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
First in case you’re new to the gaming landscape, it’s important for us to explain what Raiden V: Director’s Cut is all about. Raiden V: Director’s Cut is a vertical shooter—better known as a shoot ‘em up—where players use various weapons such as bombs, missiles, and lasers to defeat waves of opposing enemies. The reason why Raiden V: Director’s Cut is also known as a bullet hell title is because while you’re shooting at enemies, they are in turn firing a barrage back at you and if you wish to survive this, you’ll have to be prepared to dodge like crazy. This is the name of the game in Raiden V: Director’s Cut but let us explain why this title is either better or worse than others.
Raiden V: Director’s Cut offers two gameplay modes. Players can enter Story Mode where they will choose their craft—one of three—and also choose their weapons of which 9 options are available. Players must be smart and choose a ship they feel will work with their style of play as all three ships—the Azuma, Spirit of Dragon and Moulin Rouge—offer up different stats such as defense and speed. The same can be said of the weapons which range in three categories—Vulcan, Laser and Plasma—each with different settings in how they are fire at the enemy. This already takes Raiden V: Director’s Cut a leap above other shoot ‘em up titles offering players multiple means of play.
Now when you’re in Story Mode, unlike more traditional shoot ‘em up, Raiden V: Director’s Cut offers up some unique means of play. Besides choosing one of several difficulties, players will find the Story Mode to be quite lengthy. The length of play isn’t in terms of how many stages are available mind you but because players can actually change how the story plays out based on how they do on a specific stage. This means one play through won’t be enough to see all the bosses and stages that can be played in Raiden V: Director’s Cut.
Now, if you do grow tired of Story Mode, you can always play Boss Mode. Here players must beat bosses from the Story Mode under specific conditions. It’s challenging but tons of fun and in many ways, acts like a multiplayer mode to give players a means of challenging others to take the top spot on the leaderboards. Though we do recommend first playing through the Story Mode as Boss Mode might be a bit tough if you’re new to Raiden V: Director’s Cut and or shoot ‘em ups in general. Now let us talk about the graphics.
Graphically, Raiden V: Director’s Cut doesn’t look too shabby and that is thanks to the HD 1080p update found in this version of Raiden V. Ships look solid and the various flares from the chaotic bullets and lasers shooting on screen look impressive. Though what really steals the show in Raiden V: Director’s Cut is the soundtrack. We are never surprised by Raiden titles having epic soundtracks but Raiden V: Director’s Cut really is one of the better soundtracks we’ve heard in a bullet hell game in quite some time. Thus, Raiden V: Director’s Cut will hit you with impressive graphics—in terms of the ships and visual flairs—and great music.
Now Raiden V: Director’s Cut is an awesome title, but there are some issues that you might need to be aware of in case you’re planning on picking this title up. First issue with Raiden V: Director’s Cut comes in the form of the screen overcrowding. We aren’t joking folks; Raiden V: Director’s Cut has various charts, diagrams, text from characters, scores and leaderboards and that isn’t including bullets flying at you. The other issue we have with Raiden V: Director’s Cut comes in the form of mediocre voice acting. While some voices are solid, most characters sound like they’re speaking from the older days of anime dubs. Though thankfully, both of these issues are minute and not enough to make Raiden V: Director’s Cut a bad title by any means.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Impressive Bullet Hell Gameplay
- Branching paths for arcade gives incentive for multiple playthroughs
- Solid visuals
- Amazing soundtrack
- Various difficulty settings for any level of gamer
- Screen is way too overcrowded
- Background visuals are a bit stale
- Voice acting can be a bit weak at times
Honey's Final Verdict: