Excerpt: The best parts of this job are far and away when you really reach someone (writing about a game no less), and the connection we enjoy with the development community. It’s not as close as it once was—a PR stronghold now lies between us (sometimes for better and sometimes for worse)—but it’s still the glue that holds this whole show together. When I saw that Wayforward, a US developer, had landed Contra 4 duty, it was another unspoken victory.
Excerpt: Konami’s decision to outsource the development duties for their new Contra game to Way Forward initially seemed a curious one. However, the self-confessed Contra fanatics’ understanding of what makes the series tick is obvious after just a few sessions with the game.
Excerpt: Contra 4 delivers the classic tough-as-nails gaming experience that children of the 80's look back on fondly but will probably be too unforgiving for those weaned on more contemporary titles. Relentlessly challenging but immensely satisfying, Contra 4 will reward those willing to undertake its masochistic demands.
Summary: Contra 4 is a title that should not be missed by any fan of the series or fan of run and gun 2-d side scrolling action. This is a game that is meant for the hardcore; challenging, fun, rewarding and a dog-fight. Younger players will want to stay clear of this one but older gamers will eat it up. What a great job by WayForward and Konami for getting Contra back on its feet and bringing out the best in the series.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Contra 4 is a stellar effort and everything you could ask for in a Contra update. It's a fast, fun, infuriatingly challenging, and highly addictive good time that stays true to its Contra roots. While it might be a little on the short side, there's more than enough challenge and bonus content to keep you occupied for a while. If you haven't done so already, check out Contra 4.
Excerpt: 2D shooters are an oddity among gaming in that they seem to get harder
and harder as gaming generations go by. This is especially odd, since
they were already one of the hardest genres back when every game hated
you. Contra is often cited as one of the toughest NES games ever, but
aside for some of the other 8-bit entries, it’s the easiest game in the
Excerpt: I’m definitely an old school gamer. If you asked me what my favourite system is, I will always answer Super Nintendo without batting an eyelash. The list of greatness pumped out by that system is longer than my arm (and for the record, I am quite north of six feet tall). I’m certain that my list would match many of yours, and I’m also certain that Contra III: The Alien Wars is on that list. Contra defined “manly old school shooter-platformer.
Excerpt: For a long time I wanted to say "oh how the mighty have fallen." Who could forget what happened to Konami's Contra series? When it was out on the NES and Super NES, and to a lesser extent the Genesis, Contra was one of the greatest shooter game series ever made. Aside from one non-canonical release in Contra Force, it was non stop shooter insanity and some of the most difficult games I had ever play, especially Hard Corps on the Genesis, an appropriate title if I ever...