R-Type Final

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R-Type Final
North American box art
Developer(s) Irem
Producer(s) Kazuma Kujo
Designer(s) Kazuma Kujo
Composer(s) Yuki Iwai
Series R-Type
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
  • JP: July 17, 2003
  • NA: February 2, 2004
  • EU: March 26, 2004
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single player

R-Type Final (アールタイプファイナル?, Āru Taipu Fainaru) is a horizontal shooter video game by Irem for the PlayStation 2 video game console originally planned as the last game in the series; however, R-Type Tactics was released for the PlayStation Portable in 2007.


Final takes place after several long wars against the Bydo, the main antagonist in the R-Type series. The player's first mission is to investigate a mysterious enemy inside a crashed space colony, the remnants of a large battle codenamed Operation Last Dance, a previous attempt to wipe out the Bydo once and for all. This investigative theme is incorporated throughout the game as each level is considered 'research' on the Bydo and unlocks a gallery of in-universe artwork and additional playable ships. Levels are prefaced with hints of the R-Type universe in the form of poetry.


Final provides 101 playable ships, including altered versions of ships appearing in previous R-Type games, together with many original ones. They are unlocked through a branching system accessed via the R Museum, which was originally featured in R-Types. The PlayStation 2's internal clock is incorporated into each ship's development history (shown through a commemorative plaque) when certain in-game tasks are completed. For example, ships unlocked in 2008 will be seen in the game as having been rolled out in 2168.[citation needed]

The level physicality and enemies change size and character depending on the difficulty setting chosen by the player, providing different flight paths and playing experience for each level.[citation needed]


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 79/100[1]

R-Type Final received "generally favorable" reviews, according to a review aggregator website Metacritic.[1]


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