Razor2: Hidden Skies Razor2: Hidden Skies is a top view shooter. The game has the style of successful classic arcade games, while using the latest technology to create great visuals and effects. An old-school game with all new technology.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (169 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 19, 2010

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Razor2: Hidden Skies Razor2: Hidden Skies is a top view shooter. The game has the style of successful classic arcade games, while using the latest technology to create great visuals and effects. An old-school game with all new technology. Razor2 has easy gameplay, while challenging your skills with hundreds of enemies and bullets threatening you all the time. The soundtrack is another great feature, Razor2 uses classic orchestrated music, composed especially for the game.
Razor2 includes ten achievements and world records. Do your best, and place your name on the best players ranking. Play hard to win titles such as the Destructor, shooting down 4000 enemies, or the "almost impossible" Ace Pilot, completing the game without using any continues.
Key features:
  • Shoot them up (shmup)
  • Eight levels
  • Fifty different enemy waves
  • Incredible Boss fights
  • Weapons and equipment upgrades
  • Three difficulty levels
  • World and local Records
  • Ten medals and achievements
  • Great graphics, art and shaders
  • Easy and amazing gameplay
  • Awesome orchestrated music

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz or better (dual core recommended)
    • Memory: 512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX®9-compatible graphics adapter with 128 MB (256 MB recommended)
    • DirectX®: DirectX®9 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB
    • Sound: DirectX®9-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
52 of 63 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
its alright, but not as good as bad rats.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Wow this is bad. Almost impressivly so. Sure, It was probably easy to make things like the art bland and the music painfully generic, but in other areas it seems like there was some real effort to make this properly terrible.

A camera angle which makes it difficult to place where your ship is relative to bullets, that's some effort right there. Ship movement which seems oddly disconnected from controller input, hit boxes that float some distance away from the actual target, sound effects that scrape against your will to live. This crap doesn't make itself y'know.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I was hoping to use the fulling controller, but nope its partial controller.. Its too hard to use or play on keyboard and mouse moves like using arrows keyboards w/ mouse. Lame!!!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Crashed when I tried to put it into 1080p mode. Overall the gameplay is a bit bland. The levels feel like they stretch on for a long period of time and the bullets are flying around so fast you will get hit no matter what. This game could learn a lot more from Ikaruga or Raiden, as those a both much more solid games than this. Overall I'd stay look to the other vert-scrolling shooters as this one is lacking polish.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Pre-Release Review
I really thought this was going to be awesome. blowing stuff up old skool style.... No.
This how NOT to do a SHMUP. Boring. BOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNG!
There are no interesting mechanics at all whatsoever.
Get Atebreed or Ether Vapor instead of this.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Another generic, boring shoot'em up. 2/10
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
It's garbage. Stay away!
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67 of 79 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Background: Purchased as part of a Bundle Stars Bundle.

Impressions:
Wow.. it's a quick download and a quick deletion. I played up to the first boss and then quit out.

Basically it's a bullet-hell game like '1942' with futuristic 3D ships and a horribly restricted field of view.

It's something you've seen a million times before and does nothing to improve on the formula. The shooting just requires you hold down 2 fire buttons and let them auto fire as you try to dodge the incoming while nabbing the upgrades as they drop down.

The Good:
*Looks pretty decent.
*Controls work well.
*Sound is ok.

The Bad:
*Lack of impact and satisfying enemy destruction.
*Field of view is too close in a tight downward angle.
*Boring enemy attack patterns.
*Cheap enemy tactics, attack from behind, really suck.
*Weapon pickups have no discernible impact on your killing power.
*Just holding down the 2 fire buttons and moving is not fun.

Recommended for:
Fans looking for an updated '1942' type game.. but even then it's a hard sell.

Conclusion.
2/10. Really weak all round and lacking anything original to keep you interested.
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
This game is mediocre at best. The menu selection is just awful, especially for the upgrades, it's not clear what each upgrade of your guns, rockets, power, shields can do, no idea what each gun is, everything is trial and error. Even so, it starts with such a fury and speed, the bosses are almost unbeatable, and it feels like all of the time someone's attacking you from behind or just trying collide with you. This game feels like nightmare even if you selected easy.

My advice: This genre is best portrayed in the old "Raptor: Call of the Shadows" game. This game should have been influenced more from that.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2014
Very short and poor gameplay for this price no way i will recomend buying it! Find something else.
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26 of 38 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
The controls are awful. The gameplay is loose and deeply unsatisfying. Avoid.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
I was expecting modern version of the classic shooter Raiden sadly this game does not deliver.
*Extremly dull and boring until you get to the boss
*very limited weapon. 3 weapons? 2 bombs? You can NOT power up during the missions.
*♥♥♥♥♥♥ weapons. still ♥♥♥♥ after upgraded

Only fun I had in this game is posting highscore using dirty word.

Don't remember how I got this game probably from a bundle
I hope no one paid $9.99 for this
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
Quick review coming from a shmup lover.

The Good :
- the game does't look too bad. By today's standards, it doesn't look too good either, but I wouldn't mind if it played ok.
- Music sounds good, but...

The Bad :
- Controls are rigid. Don't even try to play with an XBOX360 controller...
- Patterns are repetitive.
- I have a big feeling problem with this game. Can't feel the power of the weapons. Can't feel when I'm hit. This is probably because the sound in the game is not very well balanced.
- ... the sounds FX are weak. Can't hear any explosion. Shot sounds are flat and weak.
- Music sounds totally inappropriate. It's good, but it feels like it's the music from another game...

Definitely not worse the full price.
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27 of 43 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2013
Another gaming gem from the makers of the epic Bad Rats
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20 of 32 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2011
Pre-Release Review
This is the Bad Rats of shmups - that is to say it is a work of art. Wonderfully paced, and with stunning action and dazzling laser shot fighting, you can't go wrong with this game. Every bullet is exciting to dodge - will it hit you? With the hitboxes being mostly arbitrary, this will lead to endless excitement. The boss battles are pulse-poundingly exciting, and as the bosses have extreme amount of health, and no way to see how much health they have left, it makes a profound statement on the futility of war. I don't know what happened to Razor1, but Razor2 is a game that will change PC Gaming forever.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2014
Razor 2: Hidden Skies tries gallantly to emulate the shmups of yore, but falls flat not for want of creativity (though it could certainly use a bit more), but inexcusable ♥♥♥♥-ups on the game mechanics themselves.

The game attempts, in some places, to be a bullet hell game but the hitbox of your ship is extremely large and does not even match the graphic - it awkwardly extends out an uncertain distance to both sides, but does not seem to include the nose of the fighter. Furthermore, the areas extend visually farther than your actual range of motion, but this is impossible to tell without running right into an invisible wall. In several areas, enemies park right on this wall, giving the illusion that you can zip around them to avoid fire and take them out, right up until you crash into them headlong making the attempt. This is made even more unweildly by the boss fights that zoom the camera out, supposedly to impress you with how big the boss is. Sadly the net result is that now you can see even more but have the same narrow movement lane, exacerbating the problem even more.

Two subweapons are heat-seeking with auto targetting, but there is no mechanic to choose what you'd like to target - the game seems to completely arbitrarily choose for you, and even if the lock-on happens to be a priority target, anything flying in the path of your slow-traveling relativistic missiles will intercept them and explode instead. (Which prompts the question of how does a missile travelling at relativistic speeds even work, and if it does why are they so bloody slow?) The bosses are all recycled variants of each other - fight three tanks, then fight three spinning satellite things, then... etc.

Unfortunately the problems do not stop there. Movement is imprecise and jerky. Combine this with the awkard hitboxes and you've committed a cardinal sin in the shmup genre - dodging is effectively impossible in places, though this doesn't matter a terrible lot since to cover for this the game slathers you in multiple shields which partially refresh upon each pick-up. Despite that fact, you still take a lot of hits simply because your hitbox isn't where you think it is, and it's nigh impossible to guage where its limits are precisely, since it extends well beyond the ship graphic. Unfortunately, the pickups themselves don't make a terrible lot of sense. One of the most common is Energy, which restores a pip on your Energy meter. Which is grand, only the game never quite explains what Energy is for or why you want it, despite being able to upgrade your ship batteries to have more of it. Oh well, free shields I guess!

In general the game is horridly unpolished. The translation is riddled with grammatical errors, word misuse, and typos (I'm not sure what a Gravity Riffle is). Each mission has a cheesy low-quality text-to-speech mission introduction voiceover, only it gets a few words into it before the explosions start and the rest is completely drowned out. Oops. Hope it wasn't important. Soon after starting the second mission, the primary fire input became stuck and I was essentially on autofire for the rest of the game. Which isn't all bad I suppose, except with the input stuck, I became unable to read mission briefings (not a tremendous loss since they're an exercise in bad English and misspelled words) and upon finishing and going to the main menu it would spam me right into a new game on Easy Mode, not allowing me to change settings or even exit the game. I had to alt-tab and manually kill it.

In short, I can't recommend this game at all, even to die-hard shmup fans, unless you seriously need a fix and simply cannot find something else to scratch the itch.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2012
Pre-Release Review
"Why are we here?” Douglas cried, as poop came out his wiener in a long thin strip. 1/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Razor2: Hidden Skies is a sci-fi "bullet hell" game made by the Brazilian studio responsible for Bad Rats - Invent 4 Entertainment. The numeral "2" appended to the name of the game begs the question as to the whereabouts of the original game. There was no Razor 1 listed on Invent 4's website which leads me to believe this is the only publicly available game in this series. Unable to find any mention of an original game, it leads me to speculate that the developers artificially appended the title with a "2" to make it seem like a more successful franchise than it actually is.

Razor2 seems to make strides in being as mediocre as possible. Much of each level seems to insult the value of your time by presenting you with repetitive and uninteresting fill content. Most attacks simply vanish into the enemies and offer little to no indication that you're actually doing damage which both makes you wonder if you're using the right weapon and leaves up unsatisfied in the shoot 'em up experience.

To the game's merit many of the enemies have a very appealing design albeit a bit generic. The game's soundtrack is very orchestral that made the game feel a bit like a movie. The boss fights offered a fair challenge but enduring the levels of mediocrity to get to them failed to make the endeavor worthwhile.

The game offers you three lives and a single continue. Once these are depleted you are forced to start the game from the beginning.

The game does support USB controllers but only in game as navigating the menu seemed to require the mouse at some point.

Score: 4.5/10
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
This game is like retro-arcade game. It's simply fun.

The only bad thing about this game is there are no save that means when you close this game, all of your progress will gone so I don't surprise why some achievement like shoot down 4,000 enemies is rare to achieve.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
Razor2 has some fantastic visuals and a great soundtrack with the gameplay one would expect from a standard SHMUP (shoot ‘em up) but doesn’t bring anything particularly new to the genre. Expect cool upgrades, boringly repetitive enemies, and a complete lack of a defined hitbox! For SHMUP enthusiasts. Get it cheap in a bundle or something, otherwise it’s not worth it and certainly not worth $10. I personally found it to be enjoyable.

THE GOOD
- Lots of pretty action, massive bosses, and bright bullets all over the place.
- Upgrade your ship between the eight stages with new weapons, shields, and equipment.
- Easy achievements. You can earn all ten simply by playing through the whole game.
- Epic orchestrated soundtrack! Can’t complain about the musical selection.
- Decent replay value.

THE BAD
- Poorly defined hit box. This is a huge flaw for a SHMUP in my opinion.
- Undefined “edges” of the playing area make it difficult to gauge where to dodge.
- Repetitive enemy patterns make the 5-minute stages seem boring and long.
- Numerous typos and language errors make any attempt at a story meaningless.
- It’s just not noteworthy in any way. It’s very “run of the mill” in terms of gameplay.

THE MEH
- Limited controller support. It works in most places, but not in all menus.
- No tutorial or practice mode and the controls are not exactly intuitive.

Overall, I found it to be fun to play through a full run or two but repetition will leave you bored and unimpressed. There is some solid strategy available in the form of ship customization but in the end it’s still the same repetitive stage battles, and if you use up your single continue and all your lives then you’ll have to start over from the beginning again. It has some redeeming qualities in that the soundtrack is pretty awesome and that the achievements are all pretty easy to get (aside from maybe the “no continue” one). The visuals are not overly remarkable but they are well done. The typos and spelling errors are painful to read through though.

I highly recommend using a controller. I use a Logitech F310 and have no issues with the gameplay itself, although menu navigation is wonky at best.
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