The series that changed the history of arcade shoot’em ups is back with the crazed action of Overkill mode! Instill fear in your enemies with devastating attacks and earn the acclaimed title of Master Ace!
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Mostly Positive (11 reviews) - 72% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (130 reviews) - 88% of the 130 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 3, 2015

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“Raiden IV: Overkill is far more evocative of shooters from the 1990s, and played properly – using a single credit per turn – it is an absolute thriller.”
★★★★☆ – The Guardian

“This is the definitive version of Raiden IV. If you’re a fan, there’s a lot to love here.”
4/5 – Hardcore Gamer

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About This Game

Overrun and OverKill enemies with the Legendary Roar of Thunder!

The series that changed the history of arcade shoot’em ups is back with the crazed action of Overkill mode! Master a variety of new weapons as swarms of enemy fighters try and put you down.

Everything from fan favorites, such as the Spread Shot and Vulcan Laser, will be available, as well as new weapons and items! Instill fear in your enemies with devastating attacks and earn the acclaimed title of Master Ace!

Game Modes

  • OverKill Mode - a brand-new mode with new mission stages and a revamped scoring system!
  • Additional Mode - Variation of Arcade Mode with 2 new stages
  • Score Attack Mode - High Score Mode for all stages including those from Overkill Mode
  • Arcade Mode - Arcade Mode that recreates the arcade experience with two difficulties: Light and Original
  • World Rankings - Ranking mode that will place you among players from all over the world in Overkill Mode, Additional Mode, and Arcade Mode.
  • Reply & Gallery - Watch Reply data and view items in the Gallery
  • ??? - A secret mode playable once you clear the game


  • Challenging New Bosses and Stages - With new stages and never before seen bosses, experience the fast, blistering game play action that never gets old.
  • Items, Weapons, and More - Unlock and master a variety of weapons, including fan favorites such as the Spread Shot and Laser, and never before seen weapons and items!
  • Best Graphics to Date - The series has transitioned from its 2D roots to 3D, creating lush environments, devastating explosions and countless enemies, without a drop in frame-rate.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600 or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 640 or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
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Mostly Positive (11 reviews)
Very Positive (130 reviews)
Recently Posted
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is probably one of the best "modern" top down shooters around, while staying true to the style of the original. I feel like I'm back in a 90s arcade when playing!
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( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I rate the game Raiden IV: OverKill 4/5. Good.

This is a fun, well designed and extremely challenging "schmup" as this type of game is commonly called. Just like in Raiden III, enemies fly down from the top of the screen (or trundle along the ground) firing stuff at your little spacecraft (or faerie as the case may be) while you fire loads of fast moving firepower to head them off. It only takes one hit to get you destroyed but there are an infinity of extra lives and extra continues. With infinite lives and continues, why is this game challenging then? Because it's HARD not to get hit and using a 'continue' erases the point score you accumulated up until that point (as is the norm for these types of games (except, unfortunately, some of these kind of games don't let you 'continue' infinitely like Raiden IV does).

Anyhow, this game is pretty fun if you like this kind of arcade-style game. It is being sold at an adequate price but, of course, it's an even better deal if you get it at a discount during a Steam sale like I did.

+Nice, cute, bright, colorful graphics with each stage being a nifty area to fly over.

+Intuitive, standard controls for this kind of game.

+Feels just like Raiden III or indeed, most other Raiden games. This game has a great, classic late 1980's/early 1990's arcade feel to it.

+Creative, interesting enemies.

+Lots of game modes, some of which have additional areas to fly over.

+Most aspects of this game are unlocked from the start, including both spacecraft and the faerie which you can play as thus avoiding any need to complete potentially frustrating challenges to unlock them. Even if you are not that great at this kind of game the infinite continues allows you to get through it all and see everything (including the nifty artistry it took to make this game). This makes the game very appealing for a casual gamer like myself. Just jump in, pick a mode, pick a ship and play.

+Settings menus are fairly easy to use with just a keyboard.

+The options for different weapons are great and the addition of the Faerie girl as a playable character is funny, especially at the very beginning when she takes off of the carrier while making jet-airplane sounds. The Faerie girl's weapons (bubbles, flowers etc.) are also a hoot.

+/-Steam achievements can only be earned in the OverKill play mode.

+/-Still makes heavy use of the happy, frenetic techno style music which is common for such games and is, as a result, becoming boring.

+/-Extremely challenging. Potentially frustrating even on lower difficulties.

-This game can get repetitive easily despite the number of different modes. I can't seem to find a boss-rush mode (a mode where you fight against only the bosses from each level) in this game like there was in Raiden III. Perhaps it doesn't have one.

-Not much of a story. You seem to be fighting machines controlled by evil alien red diamonds from space (Just like in previous Raiden games) with your prototype ultra-powerful fighter plane or with your mysteriously powerful faerie girl (if you choose to play as her) (perhaps she's the Gaia spirit of earth-nature protecting all organic life from the evil diamond machine-aliens? No idea).
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
What a game, old school gaming at its best. I still remember the first time I saw Raiden in the arcades; addicting, compelling, a joy to behold. There was nothing dissappointing in it then and there certainly isn't anything dissappointing in it now. Most fun I've had playing a game in ages.
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( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Yo Overkill, I’m really happy for you, and imma finish you but Raiden 2 is one of the best Shumps of all time…of all time!
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Professor Toothy
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Fun, Fast, Tough and well polished. Serves as further reasoning as to why the Raiden Series has ruled the Shoot em up Genre for almost two decades.
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Griseus Lupus
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Shmup action at it's finest. I've played this game extensively on my 360 and PS3, and now it's better than ever on PC.
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( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Great game.
The controls are tight, the graphics clean, and the difficulty quite balanced.
Highly recommended if you are a fan of the genre.
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( 24.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
IT AWESOME only real pro can past all the game :P
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☀ LeafyAura ☀
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Just what you would expect from Raiden, Epic and Polished Bullet Hell Shooter and although its not the hardest in the world it is hard enough to challenge you and keep you playing

Good game and its a great gift
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
ATTENTION: Had an issue with Rivatuner/D3DOverider being turned on which caused the game not to be able to switch to fullscreen or change resolutions without freezing. Just a heads up if anyone is experiencing the same issue.

Other than that the game runs great. Has plenty of options. It does have a scarce graphics menu, but the game still looks fantastic for what it is. There's even keyboard AND controller prompts, something a bigger company like Koei Tecmo can't seem to grasp.

The game keeps things fresh by giving players different ships (and a fairy) that utilize power ups and bomb attacks in different ways while also changing ship maneuverability. I'm fan of the flagship...ship of the game personally. I find it easier to maneuver and the weapons feel great to me. The overkill system is neat and a great way for players to try and wrack up points by bring more death to those that are already dead. Although, I find my greed into trying to rack up scores by doing this gets myself killed in the process.

The difficulty of the game is unrelenting. I find it difficult even on normal settings. I can't bring myself to go any lower than that, but seeing as how I'll probably never get to the end of the game if I don't do it, I'll probably just have to swallow my pride. The game isn't very bullet helly to me. It has more to do with enemy shots moving fast as lightning and sometimes being hard see due to them blending in with the backgrounds sometimes. It might just be because I'm finally getting up in age and my eyesight just isn't as good as it used to be.

The soundtrack for the Raiden games have never really wowed me, but their pretty good and always go along with the feel of each stage. I'm more of a fan of their sound effects for their weapons than anything else and this game doesn't disappoint. I just love hearing that laser baby.

The game also has a gallery that allows you to view and play around with some of the models in the game. You unlock them through game progression and gives gamers another level of replayability. While the models look pretty rough up close, it still a nice little bonus to just mess around with.

Overall all, H2 Interactive did a fine job with their port of this game. If you're a fan of the genre in general this is one game that should be in your library. It definitely won't disappoint your if you're looking for something to fill that shoot'em up void in your heart.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Excellent port! 60FPS, resolution options up to Full HD (maybe even higher), lots of game modes and goodies, adjustable game area size...

THE Raiden game to pick up and play! Well worth the price of admission. I'll be firing this bad boy up regularly.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
The Raiden series has always been a favorite of mine (though I'm a bit less partial to the Fighters spinoffs since they have what I like to call "Audience inbreeding syndrome", catering to score freaks and those who mastered the main ones specifically and becoming rather obtuse in the process). I've been wanting to play IV for forever since I don't own any of the platforms it's historically been available on, so seeing this one pop onto Steam was quite a treat!

With that in mind, the porting work is very solid - the game runs silk smooth, looks great and even has some very good gamepad support. The original Arcade version of Raiden IV (Released in 2007) runs on the Taito Type X platform, which was sort of antiquated ("Pentium 4" antiquated) even when the game first came out, so it's no surprise that the game's a pretty smooth runner... Assuming this is a direct port of the original code, anyway. Raiden IV's lineage is somewhat confusing so I'm unclear how Overkill, the PS3, and the original Type X versions of the game all relate to each other.

The gameplay's easily some of the most enjoyable shooting you'll see out of a Raiden game since Raiden II/Raiden DX, and the classic Toothpaste Laser even makes the return it didn't in Raiden III! The game's new Overkill mode takes some cues from the more score-focused games (the whole Overkill chaining setup evokes Raiden Fighters Jet's medal chaining) but the mechanics aren't nearly as obtrusive and don't need to be followed if you just want to have some fun with the new map layouts. I think this is a really happy medium between how the Classic Raiden games do things and how the Fighters games did things!

Soundtrack-wise, Go Sato (The composer from MOSS - formerly Seibu Kaihatsu) returns to revisit his chiptune compositions for Raiden I and II. He did a very good job of it (and managed to make Tragedy Flame sound less like a transparent final countdown knockoff), so the game gets some marks there! Reusing music's a little unoriginal, but all the arrangements have been meticulously done. Newcomers and series veterans alike will get some ear candy! The new game modes also include remixes by other artists.

The game's very agreeably priced and includes plenty extra over the previous ports, making it easily worth the purchase. Give it a spin if you can!
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
Played a few minutes of this already and I can tell you it's a great SHMUP (Shoot 'Em Up) title!
Two things you will need to navigate the bullets in this game:
1/ Ninja fast reactions to navigate dynamic bullet patterns.
2/ An elephant like memory for the static bullet patterns.

From there you have the fundamental skills which will allow you to compete with other players around the world for the highest score! The longer you live then the higher your score multiplier goes up!

Classic arcade game with classic end of level baddies too!

One thing I want though.. in this age of widescreen displays, I want a SHMUP like this (vertical scrolling) BUT utilizes the ENTIRE screen real estate.. no large areas along the left and right hand side of the screen that are vacant (I KNOW in this particular game and series as we know it because the original arcade version was a vertical screen orientation), but I think there would be a market for it ! You know? Like GigaWing.

Could you imagine something like that running at 1920x1080 or higher?
It could be very good indeed!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
The Overkill mode feels like an ultra fast Raiden, If you think "Raiden Fighters Jet" you won't be far away. Yes, this game is so good. it strikes the balance between bullet hell and oldschool shmups. The new scoring system is dead simple but is just so much fun, just keep mashing that button ;D The music consist of great remixes of classic Raiden tunes. The music is pumping during stages and changes to darker tune during boss fights.
Raiden has never been a bullet-hell and always retained its very unique (read: sluggish) gameplay with fast but sparse bullet patterns. i like how playing with Fairy overcomes the inbred sluggishnes and makes a very different beast out of Raiden game.

JOYSTiCK support is the most important thing for me in any shmup. Raiden DOES work with Playstation joysitcks. Inexplicably, being a game first published on japanese Xbox360, Raiden does NOT detect xbox joysticks , both Hori and Madcatz were not functioning at all. It is a shame, because all xbox joysticks have native drivers already installed in Microsoft Windows. I suppose this issue is going to be fixed in future.

this game wil demand from you some customisation at the very beginning.
Obligatory for the better comfort of the game are:
- screen pivot (optional but highly recommended as with any other vertical shmup)
- screen size adjustment (make it big)
- resolution
- controls rebinding for keyboard users (i prefer using left hand WSAD keys for movement)

If you are passionate about playing shmups, i wholeheartedly encourage you to buy a joystick. The simple truth is , Raiden/shmups should always be plaid with a joystick. All other input methods are not fast and subtle enough. If you churned out money for one, it will serve you for years to come (unlike constantly breaking "gamer" keyboards and mouses) and you will never look back at using anything else.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Replay Value
Great Soundtrack
Bullet Hell
Some things in the game that only old school players of raiden will know, aka Raiden Trad music, Raiden I music.
Smooth Controls
Insane amount of content, and can basically can be played endlessly because of some randomized elements in bullet patterns.

There are no cons, this is the best raiden game I have ever played so far, 10/10...
Best bullet hell, shmup game I've ever played.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
What makes a perfect sequel? Take everything from the predecessor and go one step beyond. I spare you listing all features and gamemodes and screen options because it's listed at the describtion of the game itself and there's a ton of it. What I'm gonna try is explaining what makes Raiden to one or maybe "the" best shoot 'em up on Steam.

To sum it up it's the overall feeling of shooting your weapons and destroying stuff.The controls are very precise and the feedback you get from annihilating the enemys just feels right. Raiden IV has a high production value across-the-board.

You upgrade your ship by collecting three different types of your main weapon which get stronger as you collect more upgrades and rockets. The enemy variety is also very high. There are tanks on the ground, big ships, small ones, enemys coming over bridges and turrets on aircraft carriers. The levels are very well designed and highly detailed.
After beating a level you encounter a boss. Those are also very detailed and well animated. And they demand all your reflexes and tactical abilities to beat them.

I recommend grabbing a coffee or a cold beer and sit down with your controller to train your reflexes like an animal. This game is very enjoyable!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I have already played this game a whole bunch on the ps3, and I can confirm that this game is very much worth it if you are at least even slightly interested in the genre.

Raiden IV improves upon Raiden III in just about every aspect (namely movement speed and weapon balance), and polishes the classic Raiden-style gameplay to a mirror sheen, the shooting feels incredibly fun due to the good mix of enemies and great sound design. I'm gonna sound like an Undertale fan here, but you really should "just play it" to get a feel of how good the shooting and level design is.

This is the Overkill version as well, meaning you get a whole other game mode, which is an arrange with the titular "Overkill" scoring system which can change the way you play the game, which increases the replay value. Best of all for PC players is that this is a much better port than the Steam edition of Raiden III, with good compatibility, options and controller support.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Own the PS3 version and logged many hours into it. Highly recommended. Even though it is not a danmaku, it does feature fast bullets in tricky patterns to keep you on your toes. Also, when you feel comfortable with the game, do not use continues for the best experience.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
WOW! AMAZING! The only con on this game is it makes all the other shmups on STEAM feel like junk..... OVERKILL!!!
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