Raiden IV Coming To America

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Twitchy shoot-em-up fans rejoice! The latest entry in the genre stalwart Raiden series is headed to North America this August.

Developed by UFO Interactive, Raiden IV offers the standard “fly through a stage blowing up everything in sight” gameplay the series is known for, backed up by all the graphical might of Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

Additionally, Raiden IV will utilize the Xbox Live online platform to offer online leaderboards, downloadable replays and DLC packs including extra ships, according to 1up.

Despite the technological upgrade, the game — which has been available in Japan for months — seems to retain all the gameplay nuances of its predecessors. A smart move for the developers, given that shmup fans are notoriously allergic to any sort of change.

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