Layer Section & Galactic Attack S-Tribute announced for PC and consoles

City Connection has announced Layer Section & Galactic Attack S-Tribute for PC and consoles.

Layer Section & Galactic Attack S-Tribute is launching for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on April 28th, followed by a Windows PC (via Steam) and Xbox One release later. A playable demo is now available in Japan on Switch and PS4.

Layer Section & Galactic Attack S-Tribute is actually a re-release of the classic 1994 vertical shoot ’em up by Taito, which originally released as RayForce in arcades, only to be renamed for the home release on Sega Saturn as Layer Section in Japan and Galactic Attack in North America and Europe due to trademark issues.

This is the first re-release planned under their S-Tribute line, with subsequent ports including: Elevator Action Returns, Cleopatra Fortune, Metal Black, and both Puzzle Bobble 2X and Puzzle Bobble 3.

Here’s the debut trailer:

Here’s a rundown on the new re-release:

Released in 1995 by Taito, Layer Section is the home console version of the arcade game LayForce, a vertical shooting game.

Players control X-LAY, a mobile weapon equipped with lock-on lasers and battle against the Con-Human system for the survival of humankind.

You can also play Galactic Attack, the overseas release of Layer Section.

Enjoy the enhanced BGM of the home console game in stereo sound in this title.

The remixed main melodies are tastefully different from their arcade versions!

New useful features like game rewind, slow mode, and quick save have been added.

Compare scores with others in the new online ranking mode!

Lock-On Lasers

The game’s main feature, lock-on lasers allow you to attack enemies on the ground or in low orbit. Use your unit’s cross hairs to lock on to enemies and fire lasers at them in one fell swoop.

Target up to 8 units at once. Destroy multiple enemies together for a higher score. Destroy 8 enemies at once for a 128x multiplier!

Make full use of lock-on lasers to aim for higher scores!

Useful Features and Options

  • Rewind- Rewind gameplay a by certain amount of time and resume.
  • Slow Mode – Slow game pace down with a single button press.
  • Quick Save/Load – Save game state at any point. Up to three slots available.
  • Stage Selection – Play your favorite stages with your favorite settings.
  • Expanded Rapid-Fire Settings – Rapid-firing can now go faster than the original home console version (15/second -> 30/second).
  • Coin Credits – Insert up to 99 credits and play at leisure without worrying about continues.
  • Change Difficulty Increase Settings – Play at a constant minimum or maximum difficulty, which increases when certain conditions are met.
  • Screen Orientation – For arcade mode. Optimized for portrait screen orientation.
  • Scan Lines – Mimicks the nostalgic CRT monitor display.
  • Online Ranking – Switch to online ranking mode in settings to enter your score into the online leaderboards and check how you compare with others.


Reprints of classics produced and developed by City Connection with the Zebra Engine during the Saturn era.

Play a variety of titles with improved controls and new features.



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