Raiden V has been biding its time for a wider release but that’s over now with today’s launch of the Director’s Cut version. While the standard version has been out for Xbox One for over a year now it never quite managed to land anywhere else, but seeing as Raiden has been console-agnostic in its last few releases it was just a matter of time. The wait was worth it, though, because in addition to the standard features plus all the gameplay tweaks that went into the new entry, the Director’s Cut comes with two new levels to round out the package plus a series first in the form of two-player simultaneous co-op. The major feature setting Raiden V apart from the previous entries in the series is is branching levels, where your performance influences the path you take. It’s also swapped lives for health, but in exchange you only get one ship per credit so that should even out in the long run.
Raiden V: Director’s Cut is available on Steam, GOG, and Humble for the PC version, and the PlayStation Store on PS4. Or you could hit up Amazon/Best Buy/Gamestop to snag a swanky physical edition. Admitted, shelving the series in one spot might be tricky due to it being spread out over PS1, PS2, Xbox 360, and PS4, but it’s nice to know it’s there when you need it.