Since I prefer literally everything about the Playstation 4 over the Xbox One, my Xbox doesn't get a lot of love. It's really only used to exclusives. Raiden V, however, is a hell of an exclusive if you like shmups. It also marks my first Xbox One import.
I love how it's all Japanese and then "Xbox One" in random Latin characters.
As far as shmups go, Raiden V isn't necessarily a ground-breaking or revolutionary game, but it is a damn good time. One ofmy favorite things about the game is how accessible it is. It gives you multiple difficulty options all the way from so easy that the enemies literally don't shoot at you so you can practice memorizing levels and attack patterns all the way up to "Bite the pillow; I'm going in dry."
When you start, you get to choose between three different ships - a Japanese ship, an American ship, and a French ship. Each one has different value distributions for the three stats - offense, defense, and speed. After that, you pick your weapons. There are three weapon categories - gatling, laser, and plasma - and you have three weapons to chose from within each of the three categories. The main difference here is the weapon spread. From what I can tell, they're all roughly the same strength within each category, and what category you're using is determined by power pick-ups (as one would expect from Raiden).
I mentioned that it's my first import game, but Raiden V is available to Americans and Europeans without the need to import from Japan, but it's only available digitally, so if you're a physical purist like I am, then thank the gaming gods that the Xbox One is region free and go throw too much money at Play-Asia. Seriously, I think it's like $65 before shipping for a shmup, but it's my favorite genre, and there aren't many Xbox One exclusives for me to collect, so I bit the bullet.
My Rating - 4 Neps
I'm Mr. Deck
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach history at a high school in central North Carolina; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.