The Raiden Project

The Raiden Project

One of arcade's greatest legacies comes home to the PlayStation on launch day.

Genre:
2D / Arcade / Shoot’em Up
CDs: 1
(48.1 Megs)
Players:
1 or 2 Players
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Animated Violence
Publisher:
Sony
Retail Barcode:
7 11719 44022 2
Memory:
1  Block
Developer:
Seibu
Sony ID:
SCUS-94402
Accessories:
None
Released:
September 9, 1995
PSRM:
000960

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Review

A game series that could, and has stood, the test of time. Raiden Project gathers Raiden and Raiden II onto one disc with a robust amount of options. Two arcade 2-player co-op games that blazed the trail for modern day shooters like Radiant Silvergun and Mars Matrix. After 11 years the series is still a white knuckle shoot fest with arcade perfect graphics and sound, plus a re-mixed soundtrack. If you have a PSone or PStwo, you owe it to yourself to track down this game.

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Screenshots

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Non-Variant Printing Error

MISPRINT: Kileak: The DNA Imperative is the actual data on the disc. The small number on the underside of the hub reads “IFPI 501a”.

Trivia

  • The only 32-Bit version of Raiden II released in the States.
  • The opening animation (see middle screenshot) is a 3D rendering of the player’s ship taking on the first stage boss, complete with blue lasers and large explosion. Interestingly, the animation has a cycling lighting environment. If you watch it a few times, it goes from day to dusk, to night and back. Follow the on-screen commands to view it without the logo / options.
  • If you’ve played the game before and you’re confused by the screenshots above, here’s why; normally you can’t fire all three weapons simultaneously. Datel’s Action Replay has a code set that allows for fully powered-up weapons; if you turn them all on, the game glitches all 3 weapons to fire at the same time, including a full missile salvo. Much to say, you’re a literal flying arsenal. Also, if you’re like me, you’re an arsenal that can still get killed among all that flak. : )
  • The sequel, Raiden III came out on the PlayStation 2. Further sequels made it to the arcade and Xbox 360 / PC.
  • Launch day game, and thus starting the PlayStation’s then 2D friendly atmosphere. Sadly it never really carried over to the PS2, as most companies were forced to consolidate multiple 2D titles into one set for it to be released. Exceptions were made so long as they were high profile titles, like Marvel Vs Capcom.
  • Raiden Project’s PSRM number is not in the correct spot. Rather than the CD edge, it’s underneath the Compact Disc logo.
  • The first ever true arcade compilation disc for the system.

The Verdict

8Great

The Good: Excellent Shoot’em Up Action | Tight Controls | 2-for-1 Content

The Bad: Intentionally Broken Rotate Mode