Game Title: RXN-RAIJIN-
Developed By: GULTI Co., Ltd.
Published By: KAYAC
Released: December 21, 2017
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: First Person, Action
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Number of Players: 1 Player
Thank you to KAYAC for giving me a review copy!
There are a few retro Shoot’em Ups (Shump) on the eShop that are good, but this game got released out of nowhere. I saw it in the upcoming releases a few days before it was out. It's surprising because this game is almost forty dollars, and I haven’t seen any coverage of this game; especially because it’s a Switch Exclusive. RXN -Raijin- is a surprisingly decent Shump.
When you load up the game, you get an awesome introduction cut scene that will bring up memories of an opening scene of an anime. When you start you will have to choose a Chapter (which is a level), and then choose one of three Mecha Pilots. There is a choice between one female, and two male pilots, and each one has its own attacks and special abilities. Having a choice between three different pilots and mechs adds to the replay value of the game. As you play, your pilot will level up as you destroy enemies. You will collect gem looking things that correspond to different items, like: Ether, Physical, Fire, Light, Dark, etc. You will be scored on how well you played the level, and can always replay it, trying to improve your score.
Speaking of levels, there are over fifty of them. It’s quite a bit, yet the levels are all short, some lasting only a wave or two of enemies. Other levels, like a boss fight, might last a few minutes. It's nice having short, quick levels to get though and helps this game fit that portable aspect of the console. You can easily burn through a few levels on the toilet, waiting at the doctor’s office, or wherever you may be, where you need to kill a few minutes. This game is not meant to be played straight through, the levels are meant to be replayed. Each one will have a few waves of enemies, and a little story. I wish that the audio was in English because it was hard tracking the enemies on screen and trying to read in the top corner what the characters are saying. If it was in English, you could easily listen while shooting the enemies.
One unique aspect of the game is that it takes advantage of the Switches 16:9 display and enemies will even come from behind you, or even from the sides of the screen. Some of your attacks will shoot horizontally if you move to the left or right, adding some unique strategy in this game. Most levels will have you blasting enemies vertically, but every now and then, you get a level where you must shoot horizontally. Your health will refill at times automatically, and you have a generous amount of health at the start of each level. This makes the game on the easier side, as it is more forgiving.
The graphics are great, though some of the backgrounds are used repeatedly. I wish it had more variety, but the graphics do look good. The different enemies are colorful and are varied. There is a story, but I honestly do not know any of it. They only story you get is while playing the level and trying to read the English writing at the same time. That is not to say though, that the Japanese audio is bad. The audio dialogue is fantastic and high quality. I just wish there was an English option, so I could understand the story better. The music is all great, with j-pop and j-rock tracks playing in each level.
The game runs well, though every now and then when there were tons of bullets, the game would slowdown. It didn’t break the game, but it is there. Whenever you pause the game and go back into the game, it slows down drastically for a couple seconds. The controls work great and don’t need any improvements.
I do not think I can fully recommend this game at its very high price point of almost forty dollars. That is a lot of money to drop and should be considered when buying this Shump. It has fantastic music and audio. The gameplay is there and is even unique at times. If you love Shumps, then pick this game up right away!
Game Score: 76% Decent!