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1* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The music is simply fantastic, almost as similar to the ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'' series, ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'', or ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Gradius V]]''. Examples include: ** [[ Unknown Pollution]], the first stage theme. ** [[ Its Name Valbarossa]], the Stage 5 theme which also serves as Valbarossa's {{Leitmotif}} and has a very ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' feel.** [[ Intellect and Intelligence]], a theme perfect for going on adventures, exploring the vast open world and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers storming enemy bases]].** [[ Crystal of Abyss]], the final stage theme with its use of OminousLatinChanting.* BreatherLevel: In ''Director's Cut'', there are two new bonus stages included. In each of these two stages, players fight [[BossOnlyLevel only one boss]]; attacking it will cause it to release medals. Unlike the normal stages, the player is immortal; taking hits from boss attacks will result in only a loss of medals. These bosses double as [[BreatherBoss Breather Bosses]] in this sense. The bonus stages serve as a means for players to have a chance to replenish the shield meter and restock on Bombs and Fairies from the total medals collected at the end of them.* CaptainObviousReveal: The fact that Valbarossa is a woman is played up as [[SamusIsAGirl a surprise to the heroes]], however her feminine voice, which is not masked in any way, makes her gender clear well before she officially reveals the fact. This is mostly an issue in the ''Director's Cut'' version if voices are enabled (which is the default), since the original version did not have any voice acting until an update introduced it.* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: The high score leaderboards consist of Azuma (based on the original craft from ''Raiden'', with stats similar to Aegis from ''VideoGame/RaidenFighters'' games), using the Swing Vulcan-Catch Plasma-Lightning/Prism Laser combos and almost nothing else.* ContestedSequel: The game is even more divisive than ''Raiden IV'', due to the heavy deviations from the usual formula (while also taking cues from ''VideoGame/RaidenFighters'' games), including branching stages rather than the usual linear romp, weapon customization that opens up many options but is considered to be [[GameBreaker heavily unbalanced]], as well as story elements (''especially'' in-stage dialogue) that's either seen as adding flavor or an unnecessary addition when most shmup players [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory do not care about story]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also, dated-looking polygon graphics]].* GameBreaker: ** The Catch Plasma [[MagikarpPower isn't terribly powerful at first]], but at the highest levels this weapon easily becomes a MasterOfAll and one of the strongest weapons in the entire series. Its orbs lock on to enemies instantly, allowing you to easily rack up that x6.0 multiplier on [[OneHitPointWonder popcorn]] enemies, expand out in a wide angle allowing you to zap anything in front of you, and multiple orbs can target the same enemy at once, making it more than powerful enough to take on bosses. Once you upgrade it to level 10, the only real reason to use any of the other weapons (except the Prism Laser, see below) is to get them to level 10 as well for the TrueFinalBoss.** The Prism Laser is [[DifficultButAwesome pretty hard to use]] as it involves firing a laser into a crystal to launch rotating lasers out of it, so the player must be very careful to ensure that the rotating lasers keep going. However, a carefully placed crystal will waste bosses, ESPECIALLY [[ThatOneBoss Humpty Dumpty]], in seconds with point blank rotating lasers that continuously damage the boss.* NightmareFuel: ** The [[DownerEnding worst Stage 8 ending]] features [[spoiler:the VCD returning to Earth, thinking they returned to Mars by mistake due to encountering a big red lifeless planet, only to discover that they did return to Earth and it's already been [[ApocalypseHow conquered by the Crystals]], rendering their victory at the alien planet completely worthless.]]** Another bad ending has [[spoiler:the ''Bellwether'' receive a series of distress calls from Earth, detailing another horrifying discovery of crystals followed by the crystals [[HostileTerraforming changing the composition of the Earth's atmosphere]]. Max orders the Bellwether and all Raiden fighters to rush to Earth to help out, and it's not revealed whether they made it back in time...]]** On the whole, this game manages to make ''crystals'' terrifying. Large batches of them can be seen in stages 2 and 8, and their key schtick is using a given planet's military technology against the inhabitants of the planet. They're also capable of instantly transmitting information from one crystal to the rest, allowing the collective to adapt to any strategies tried against even just one of them.* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: This game receives considerable criticism from [[NostalgiaFilter players who were first exposed to]] ''Raiden II'' and ''Raiden DX'' as their entry point into the series (and given they have not played ''VideoGame/RaidenFighters''). The main points of contention in ''Raiden V'' by these players include [[LifeMeter a shield mechanic replacing lives,]] [[SuddenlyVoiced voice acting,]] Yoshimi Kudo composing the soundtrack instead of long-time series composer Go Sato, and a story that is more than an ExcusePlot like earlier in the series to flesh out many mainstay narratives in the series that had gone unexplained until this game.* PlayTheGameSkipTheStory: The game is noticeably more story-heavy than past entries in the series (even more so than ''RF Jet''), but all it ends up doing for many players (especially main-series players) is have them shut off voices and top-of-screen subtitles.%% * SpiritualAdaptation: Has a lot of elements from entire ''VideoGame/RaidenFighters'' series, if you're a seasoned player.* StrawmanHasAPoint: Lt. Campbell and the rest of SHIFT get on the VCD's radar because of their illegal research on crystals, not to mention that he [[spoiler:hired a pirate to steal crystals from the ''Bellwether'']]. While Max is right in reminding him that [[EvilIsNotAToy crystals shouldn't be taken so lightly]], Campbell also points out that [[spoiler:the ''Bellwether'' and the Raiden fighters exist due to SHIFT's crystal research, and that the Montevideo agreement was in the way]]. Max doesn't bother to address this point and continues to have the SHIFT facility assaulted, making him look like an UngratefulBastard.* TearJerker: [[ Catastrophe]], the GameOver theme. It's less mind-screwing than [[ this music]] in ''RF Jet'', but it's still sad to hear this. Also doubles as NightmareFuel.* ThatOneAttack: Some of the [[BulletHell boss attacks]] can be described as "bomb now or you're screwed":** Blow of Hornet, the Stage 5 boss, has a WaveMotionGun accompanied by aimed shots that are fired periodically and rotating sidewinding bullet sprays at both sides in its last phase. The laser attack already doesn't leave plenty of free space, but navigating the already fast bullet sprays while trying not to get hit by the aimed shots is very troublesome. Expect to get hit once if you try not to bomb at that phase.** The fortress midboss in Stage 8 launches a massive barrage of bullets that is almost impossible to manage through as said barrage is full of ''very fast bullets launched in a dense pattern.'' To say that the midboss is an instant bomb is an understatement.** The first attack of Humpty Dumpty's last phase consists of rapid rotating shots that provide little space to move past the gaps of its extremely fast bullets. You better take out Humpty Dumpty fast or else you will be overwhelmed by the sheer amount AND speed of this attack.** [[TrueFinalBoss Divine Rampart's]] last phase starts with 3 streams of rapid shots fired from each of its three arms, then the number of bullets fired from each arm grow rapidly to the point of no telling where to dodge as the entire screen is flooded with bullets moving at breakneck speed.* ThatOneBoss: [[ShieldedCoreBoss Humpty Dumpty]], the Stage 8 boss, is this if you don't have plenty of bombs, a full Cheer meter, or the [[GameBreaker Prism Laser]]. Its [[FlunkyBoss first phase]] is manageable, but drag on the fight too long and you'll be overwhelmed by its AttackDrones' attacks. Then its attacks are both dense and insanely fast, and if its [[TimeLimitBoss last phase's]] attacks aren't difficult enough, it will shield itself and proceed to launch a barrage of bullets flying everywhere. There's a [[EasyLevelTrick good reason]] why the Prism Laser is a must to take on Humpty Dumpty.


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