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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

R-Type II - Atari ST [032] PlayThru

Here we have R-Type II, for the ST, unfortunately not ported by Electric Dreams, but still a decent effort by Arc Developments for Activision.

NOTE: A trainer was used for making this capture.

My biggest gripe is the game feels slow, very sluggish.  I am not sure if this game would work on a Mega STe, but I wonder if running it at 16 Mhz instead of the ST's stock 8 Mhz would improve the game.

Otherwise, take out the sluggishness, the controls are decent, and the graphics are drawn quite well.  I have never played the arcade version of R-Type II, so I can not really compare on how well the port was done.  This game does have both music and sound effects, but I think the sluggishness of the gameplay sort of adds a detractor from that.

Verdict?  Want to see where R-Type went after the first issue?  Worth a try.  Like side scrolling shooters?  Give it a shoot.  Casual gamer?  Probably a pass.

Capture info -

This video was captured on January 27, 2019.

Game was played on an Atari 1040 STf, TOS 1.4, 1MB, equipped with a CosmosEX from Jookie.
A Best Electronics ST Monitor to VGA cable was used, connected to an OSSC 1.6 (processing the video in Line4x mode), with the output being captured by a Startech USB3HDCAP.

Video was edited with Shotcut.


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