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R-Type Tactics, known in North America as R-Type Command, is a turn-based strategy game/tactical role-playing game released in 2007 in Japan, and 2008 in North America and Europe for PlayStation Portable. The main part of the game consists of two consecutive campaigns, in which the player controls first the forces of Earth, then the Bydo Empire. The game also supports multiplayer combat via Wi-Fi.

The gameplay is structured as a typical mission-based tactical role-playing game, but retains many of the specific traits of the R-Type series.

Gameplay

R-Type Tactics has 58 levels, through which the player navigates an army of R-Type space fighters and support units, fighting the enemy forces of the Bydo.
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R-Type Tactics screenshot.

The side-scrolling nature of the R-Type series is preserved in R-Type Tactics. Most levels are structured as in a side-scrolling shooter, with the player's units and the objective on opposite sides of the field. Units cannot change facing, which has an important impact on gameplay, as certain attacks can only be performed in one direction. Like other turn-based strategy games, the playing field is also divided into hexagons with varying effects.

Units

R-Type Tactics features the opposing armies of the Earth Space Corps and the Bydo. The player will be able to access more than 100 different units, including many of the R-series fighters from the other R-Type games. Each fighter has unique abilities such as sub-space movement and a distinct set of attacks. During the game, the player acquires abilities enabling new units and upgrades to existing units to be purchased for his army. Furthermore, new units can be acquired by capturing certain objectives in levels, such as derelict space stations and starbases.

Support units range from large carrier ships to maintenance units as well as the Force units, well-known from other games in the R-Type series.

Force units can either be controlled separately or they can be attached to the R-series fighters. Attached Forces function as a unidirectional shield while providing the fighter with stronger attacks. When not attached, a Force is an independent unit that can be used as a tank.

As in other R-Type titles, the TP-02C POW armor functions as a supply unit. It is also used for capturing in-game locations such as space stations.

The Rr2o-3 has a similar function to the TP-02C but has the added ability to repair friendly units or to mine asteroids for minerals called Solonium, Etherium, and Bydogen which are needed in the production of new units, especially Forces. Certain units on the human side can also extract Bydogen from Bydo units.

Story

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The game's narrative is viewed from the perspective of the player-character, who's an officer in Earth's defense forces, called the Space Corps, in the year MC 0065. Various entries in a journal also flesh out the plot.
  • Space Corps

In the initial single-player campaign, the player is freshly commissioned into the Space Corps, which is steadily losing engagements against an alien race called the Bydo. After completing initial training, the player is ordered to investigate an outpost in Mars that has reportedly lost contact. As the Space Corps fleet advances outside the Solar System, the player is able to recruit more pilots. Through a warp-gate station outside Pluto, the player's fleet travels through a hyperspace warp called the Tesseract to the Bydo's star system.

In the final battle located in the Bydo homeworld, the player encounters remains of Space Corps ships that were defeated in previous campaigns. The player eventually defeats the Bydo's core but it is a Pyrrhic victory, as the core opens a black hole that grapples the entire fleet and assimilates them in a large surge of slime. Completing this campaign would unlock the Bydo campaign.

  • Bydo Empire

As the Bydo campaign begins, the player-character awakens from a deep slumber, now absorbed as one of the aliens. As he fights his way out of the Bydo star system, this time against his old comrades in the Space Corps, he begins to further understand the origins of the Bydo.

Humanity

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R-Type Tactics common fleet

As previously noted, R-Type Command hosts many of the vessels seen in R-Type Final but with different model numbers.

Battleships

Battleships consist of multiple components and use Hit Points as a damage meter. The ship can only be destroyed by directly damaging the body. The admiral must have at least one battleship in every skirmish.

Fighters

Most fighters group in squads in 5, except for the OF-1. As the squad's numbers dwindle, so does the overall effectiveness of the squad.

Support Craft

Support craft also use the Hit Point system. They are invaluable for repairing and resupplying the fleet in the middle of battle, and can also retrieve resources for use in constructing new ships.

Bipedal Craft

These fighters use the Squad System (with the exception of the Hyllus) and are primarily melee attackers, with high damage and accuracy, but short range (again, with the exception of the Hyllus). The Patrocross Avian is also able to change into a Fighter Mode, in which it is equipped with the missiles and Wave Cannon of a standard fighter.

Forces

R-Type Command's Forces differ in many ways from the other games in the series, but the most glaring change is that they are no longer invincible. They function as a separate unit when detached. An attached force does not get a turn, instead altering the weapons of its counterpart ship.

Other

CPU-Only

The Space Corps only fields these ships in the Bydo campaign.

Bydo

Battleships

Only a few Bydo battleships are available to Bydo commanders, but humanity will encounter a greater variety during their campaign.

Fighters

The Bydo don't have as many fighters to field as humanity does, but they're no less strong for it.

Support Craft

The Infected Module is a great, all-in-one support craft.

Other

The Bydo army contains many monstrous craft, about half of which are only found in humanity's campaign.

Forces

The Bydo Forces are nearly identical to humanity's.


Trivia

The default names of the Bydo pilots in this game are all fragments of a sentence - e.g., the three forces, "Not" "Hin" and "Gelse", in sequence, form the words "nothing else". If the player obtains all Bydo pilots and reads their names in the order shown in the pilot list, they will see a few sentences of the Bydo commander's thoughts that would otherwise be missed.

See Also

R-Type Tactics II: Operation Bitter Chocolate

Media

Links

http://www.atlus.com/r-type/

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