Raiden III Digital Edition is a revival of the classic Raiden series of scrolling shooter games.
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Mostly Positive (138 reviews) - 72% of the 138 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 25, 2014

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About This Game

Earth has been overrun by aliens!

Raiden III Digital Edition is a revival of the classic Raiden series of scrolling shooter games. Raiden III has new concepts are introduced, which includes a "new 3D scrolling system" that involves the camera pointing down normal to the player while the scenery moves in three dimensions: climbing, descending, and sometimes moving vertically. The blue Laser concept is more like a beam, instead of the ones seen in prior instalments.

Key Features
  • Gameplay - Two player co-op mode is enhanced by an exclusive new attack skill: a beam that is usable whenever one player lines up in front of the other. In Double play mode, both players share the lives and bomb stocks, and without continues.
  • Various Modes - Score Attack, Boss Rush, Replay & Gallery, Option and 3 play modes (solo, dual and double).
  • 7 Unique Levels - The first three levels on Earth and the last four in space. Level design is based on previous Raiden games: the first three levels are particularly close to previous games, with the first based on the original Raiden; the bosses are also similar to those in the corresponding levels of Raiden II and Raiden DX.
  • Adjustable Display Modes - Window mode, full screen mode, adjustable zoom ratios (x0.5, x1.0, x1.5, x2.0).
  • Bonus Contents - 2 CD's worth of OST included with a total of 36 music!

    System Requirements

      • OS: Windows XP (32 bit)
      • Processor: Intel Celeron 2.0 Ghz
      • Memory: 512 MB RAM
      • Graphics: nVidia GeForce FX Series, ATI Radeon 9000 Series
      • DirectX: Version 9.0c
      • Storage: 700 MB available space
      • Sound Card: Direct Sound
      • OS: Windows 7 (64 bit)
      • Processor: Intel Core i3
      • Memory: 4 GB RAM
      • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 8600 / AMD Radeon HD3700
      • DirectX: Version 9.0c
      • Storage: 700 MB available space
      • Sound Card: Direct Sound
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    Mostly Positive (138 reviews)
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    2.2 hrs
    Posted: June 4
    Raiden is back baby!

    This classic arcade series returns with a 3D graphical facelift as well as new weapons and enemies.

    Story: There isn't much to say about the story of this game. You basically control a ship and are fighting against an unknown alien threat. It is a standard plot.

    Graphics: The graphics hold up well considering that this game originally came out in 2005. The leap from 2D to 3D graphics does the game well, allowing for dynamic camera angles for the background as well as giving the ships and energy beams much greater detail than before.

    Sound: The soundtrack in this game is fantastic. As you play through each level, adrenaline pumping music blasts through the speakers with electronic sounds and bass combining to give you the feeling you are back in the loud arcades of the 90's.

    Gameplay: Raiden III shines the brightest when it comes to gameplay. It is fast, addictive and challenging. This game will really test your skill, patience and above all, reflexes as you try to maneuver around each level to dodge incoming bullets and enemy ships. It is alot of fun.

    Overall, I love playing Raiden III. The game harks back to a time when games were simple to play, only requiring you to use a few buttons at a time. I think this works really for this type of game since it requires lightning fast reflexes for you to beat the game.

    An arcade classic.

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    1.5 hrs
    Posted: May 2
    I remember this game being in a movie theater in my home town. I played the hell out of it. I used to pump all sorts of quarters into it. My favorite weapon was the napalm gun. this one seemes to have replaced it with a green pool noodle thats very hard to control. still, it's fun game and worth your money.
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    0.2 hrs
    Posted: May 1
    It's a decent convertion of the arcade game, but with the unforgivable lack of support for d-pad\arcade stick with official X360 joypad\arcade stick (Hori Tekken 6).

    Shame, shame, shame. Please developers, release a patch. And Steam, a little bit of more quality control would'nt hurt.

    As it is now, just buy if super, extra cheap (no more than 2 USD) on sale.
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    22.1 hrs
    Posted: May 1
    love this game .. now give us Raiden 2 pls senpai
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    6.5 hrs
    Posted: April 30
    great game
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    cat island
    2.0 hrs
    Posted: March 8
    Super fun, looks and runs great.
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    6.9 hrs
    Posted: February 3
    With awesome soundtracks, great and very challenging level design, good graphics (for its time) and responsive controls that supports controllers, Raiden III is an AMAZING 2D shoot'em up game that retrogamers or 2D game fans will love!!

    As a big fan of the Raiden series, I think MOSS is the best thing that happened to Raiden so far. MOSS showed us how much great they are at developping games, such as, of course, Raiden III.

    The game is fast-paced, and very addictive. This is a must have. You dont be disapointed by the awesomeness of Raiden III. Especially if you're already a Raiden fan.
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    1.4 hrs
    Posted: February 2
    I loved the arcade game, and now its on my PC :-)

    Keep in mind that its an arcade game: 1 bullet hit = one life lost, and not that many lives...

    Graphics are good but few pixels which can be scaled-up (1.5x or 2x), the window is vertical as was the arcade screen. (its not a full-screen game).

    My keyboard is not as good as an arcade joystick, but it does the job.
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    5.3 hrs
    Posted: January 19
    Great game in the spirit of good old 2D shooters. The only thing - not worth the money (the price is very inflated).
    + great graphics
    + custom difficulty levels (from absolute merciless enemies, to quiet kittens who never shoot - fly and just smashing things up)
    + sound quality
    + trading cards
    + co-op

    - inflated price
    - music track is monotonous and gets old quickly

    The Result: 7/10 Raidens
    Отличная игра в духе старых добрых 2D стрелялок-пулялок. Единственное - своих денег не стоит (цена очень завышена), но по акции отлично идёт.
    + отличная графика
    + настраиваемый уровень сложности (от абсолютно беспощадных врагов, до тихих котиков, которые ни разу не выстрелят - летишь и просто крушишь всё)
    + качественный звук
    + коллекционный карточки
    + совместная игра

    - завышена цена (по акции можно взять, но не менее -90%)
    - музыкальный трек однообразный и быстро надоедает

    Итог: 7/10 Рейденов
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    0.8 hrs
    Posted: January 18
    Ever since my buddy Ray introduced me to Raiden II in the arcade, I've been hooked on the series. I remember buying Raiden & Raiden II (Raiden Project) on the Playstation, which were perfect Arcade ports, and was eventually able to beat Raiden II. Never beat the first Raiden, but hopefully someday.

    I've also had the privilege of playing Raiden Fighters and Raiden Fighters Jet in arcades in Vegas, and both are incredible as well! The two games in the series I haven't played so far are Raiden Fighters 2 and Raiden IV. Can't wait to try those as well!

    So how does Raiden III fair? AWESOME! The music is the best I've heard yet in the series, the gameplay is spot on (and hard), and the presentation is the most beautiful I've seen in any of the series I've played! I was also able to beat Raiden III, but of course it was a challenge!

    If you are a fan of the Raiden games, or better yet, "Shoot em' Ups" in general, then get this game! Again, Awesome!
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    26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
    3 people found this review funny
    1.1 hrs on record
    Posted: June 13, 2015
    I have to admit, I love arcade games. Especially shooters. For the price you're paying you're getting disc free Japanese Shoot Em Up fun! The developers took lots of care to fix numerous bugs that plagued the original Japanese version. The most notable one was the improvement of how the textures are displayed. There are much much less flickering textures in this version over what I played on the PS2. And also it has some nice options that allow you to rotate your screen and play it as if you are playing on an actual arcade monitor. I know I've only played 30 minutes of this game, but I've already played the PS2 version and know much about this game to let you know it's worth the purchase price. One Gameplay Hint - You need to constantly play this game if you want to be successful and beat the game. I guess if you play often enough, your credit limit increases. Play the game enough and you won't have to worry about running out of continues again. If 2 credits ticks you off, consider giving yourself extra lives and bombs at the beginning to make up for the 2 credits per game. Worth the purchase. (This review is on a system running the latest build of Windows 8.1)
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    32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
    0.4 hrs on record
    Posted: September 24, 2014
    This is just like the arcade game... but... it translates poorly to the pc platform. I would recommend changing the keysettings immediately. And to do this you must go to the actual games folder and choose the config tool. I got no idea why they didn't include it in the game. Also, changing the screen to fullscreen in the same tool is highly recommended. This is an incredibly hard and unforgiving game, just like the arcades used to be. I love that sort of challenges, but it's not for everyone. Enjoy :)
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    151 of 253 people (60%) found this review helpful
    2 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    0.7 hrs on record
    Posted: September 24, 2014
    This is just a re-release of the Japanese PC version of the game. All that's changed is the configuration utility has been translated to English.

    Very disappointed! Game is stuck in 640x480 so unless you're running this on an Arcade monitor it's going to look like pixelated mess.

    Not recommended at all and definitely not worth the asking price.
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    29 of 42 people (69%) found this review helpful
    0.5 hrs on record
    Posted: September 24, 2014
    Bought this to help support getting great classics like this on Steam, hopefully we get Raiden IV someday.
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    93 of 159 people (58%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    0.7 hrs on record
    Posted: September 24, 2014
    Game runs natively at 640x480 on a tiny screen (full screen option is a blurry mess and Steam overlay looks huge).

    Non existent graphical options beside screen turn/stretch, no online leaderboards/ achievements.

    Overall, a very poor effort, Steam has much better SHMUP options at similar price like Astebreed and Ikaruga.
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    16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
    6 people found this review funny
    1.8 hrs on record
    Posted: January 29, 2015
    It's Raiden III. Now on Steam. Yayyyyyy.
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    11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
    0.8 hrs on record
    Posted: September 26, 2014
    If you like Arcade Shooters then this is it, we all know its the same version of Raiden III wiht the Japanese options but now in english , and i must say I LOVE the GAME... Music is fantastic, speed is there and the rush of the game is all good , great price too , and they are not many game like this for PC so . BUY it its well worth it , also its gona be all the time in your Steam Account so the game will stay with you , lets juste hope other games like that will come :)
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    8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: November 13, 2014
    This gets a lot of hell for not being as good as Raiden IV but personally I love this game, I actually had a pirated version of this before it was released on steam (along with a legit PS2 version) that I deleted and replaced with buying the Steam version (support developers!). This is a fast and still pretty SHMUP with enough explosions and lasers to keep you happy and a wonderful soundtrack by Go Sato (which comes with the game in your game folder btw *O*) If you like SHMUPs that are non-bullethell traditional oldschool style, please support them on steam and buy Raiden III you won't regret it!
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    6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.0 hrs on record
    Posted: December 21, 2014
    As a fan (and owner) of raiden I in the arcades, the sequels tended to disappoint...and their ports were even worse. But this is brilliant!
    Would have been nice if they increased the resolution...and full screen mode didn't work for me. But, hey, still great fun!
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    5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
    7.6 hrs on record
    Posted: December 9, 2015
    I've grown up playing the Raiden games back in the arcades, and that brings back many memories!

    After the arcade release in 2005, Raiden III is finally on PC! I remember I would spend some cash to play this, and boy, is it hard!

    With the digital release, you can choose to play the regular arcade mode, all 7 levels! There's also Score Attack mode, in which you try to set the highest score in a level, Boss Attack, in which you fight all the bosses of each level.

    If you find the game too hard, don't be afraid to turn down the difficulty. You can also set the maximum amount of lives as well as the amount of bombs you start with!

    Another good thing about this is that the soundtrack is also included with the game!

    The only downsides of the game are that there aren't any achievements and you can only play in one resolution. There are trading cards though.

    Overall, what a wonderful game, and now I don't have to go to an arcade to play this! I'll be getting Raiden IV: Overkill soon.
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