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Game #3938
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  RayForce   (a.k.a. Layer Section)  View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Vertical shooter

Rating: 7.74 (31 votes)

RayForce box cover

RayForce screenshot
RayForce (released as Layer Section outside Asia) is an excellent vertical shooter that began a series that would spawn RayStorm and RayCrisis. The game is a 2D shooter with excellent scaling and animation effects, including the nice camera-panning action as you move your ship left and right.

This PC version is a faithful conversion of the arcade blockbuster, with all the fun and graphical pizzazz intact. Your ship's main laser gun has six levels of power, and can 'lock on' up to eight targets at a time. The more lock-ons before firing away, the more points you will earn. There are seven levels of blasting mayhem, both in space and inside the Earth's atmosphere. SHMUP veterans may find this game a bit easier than average, thanks to generous bonuses and power-up ships that appear from time to time to repair your ship. All in all, though, RayForce looks good and plays great – a wonderful start to a fun series that gets much tougher later on.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Unknown
Developer: Taito
Publisher: Interplay
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: Taito
Theme: Anime
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: RayForce HQ (archived)
If you like this game, try: RayCrisis, RayStorm, GunViper

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