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Trivia / RAY Series

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  • Bad Export for You: The North American PS1 port of RayStorm prohibits you from ever seeing easier versions of stages 5 through 8, due to those stages being cut out if any stage's difficulty is lower than the default. Just to rub salt in the wound, this version's default difficulty was also raised two levels above its Japanese counterpart, meaning you cannot play on Japanese defaults without beeing locked out of the second half of the game. You can blame Working Designs for this; they did this intentionally in an attempt to curb "oh, I creditfed to the end, that's it, I'm never playing this again" mentality, as stated in their localization notes in the instruction manual.
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  • Cancellation: R-GEAR was scrapped for RayStorm's place.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • While RayCrisis is the only game in the series that wasn't officially named "Layer Section" in Japan, fans sometimes refer it as Layer Section III.
    • R-GEAR has been dubbed by fans as "RayForce 1.5" as the only trailer for the game showcased some of the ideas that could have been implemented into this game was later used for RayStorm instead, while having the same 2D visuals of RayForce.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Although these games have gotten ports on mobile devices, their PC ports of all three games however are also left in limbo.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • RayForce (JP and NA, arcade and iOS), also known as Gunlock (EU, arcade), Layer Section (JP, Saturn; NA, Windows 95), and Galactic Attack (NA, Saturn).
    • RayStorm's Japan-region PlayStation and Saturn ports are called Layer Section II, but the original name is kept in all other versions.
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    • RayCrisis is the Odd Name Out as it is the only game in the series that wasn't officially named Layer Section in Japan.
  • No Export for You:
    • The PC ports of RayStorm and RayCrisis were released in Japan and Europe, but never to North America. Thankfully they can run on Windows computers without having to change the regional Unicode settings of your PC, thus making them import-friendly... if you can find copies of these games in these times (especially RayCrisis).
    • The Simple 1500 Series Vol. 75: The Double Shooting: RayStorm × RayCrisis compilation was only released in Japan. The PlayStation Network re-release of these games also stayed there.
    • The PlayStation 3 version of RayStorm HD was released only in Japan.
  • What Could Have Been: R-GEAR, a true sequel to RayForce was originally planned until the development of RayStorm took its place.
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  • The Wiki Rule: The LayerSection Wiki, which not only covers these games and their ports, but also games that were influenced by the RAY series such a KAMUI and Soukyugurentai.


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