Game Master: R-Type­film While Paul John­son’s spec­tac­u­lar TIE Fighter short took notes from Lu­casArts’ 1994 space com­bat game, his lat­est an­i­ma­tion is based on a sci-fi videogame clas­sic. Game Master: R-Type tells the story of a petu­lant ar­cade player who, on throw­ing a strop af­ter fail­ing to beat R-Type’s first boss, gets sucked into the game. The film looks ev­ery bit as good as John­son’s pre­vi­ous piece, but the move into di­a­logue doesn’t hold up so well, mean­ing you can’t help but root for the pro­ces­sion of clas­sic R-Type en­e­mies, hop­ing that the pro­tag­o­nist per­ishes hor­ri­bly at their ex­pertly ren­dered hands.

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