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: 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).
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...
Conclusion: 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.
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
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.
Excerpt: You might wear skinny ties. You may rock feathered hair. Hell, perhaps you still sport a makeup job that'd make Boy George pause and cringe. But until you play Contra 4, an all-new chapter in the mega-popular, finger-cramping sci-fi run-'n'-gun series that helped define the entire category two...
Double Review: Contra 4 (DS) and Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)
16 January 2008
Conclusion: It's amazing how much Castlevania: Rondo of Blood has in common with Contra 4. Like the previous review, this is a portable update to a classic side-scrolling Konami series that's notorious for being extremely hard. Rondo of Blood was unreleased in the U.S.
Summary: Would you pay someone to punch you in the face? You will now.
Pros: Ultra-challenging gameplay will push your skills to the limit; loads of awesome unlockables, including two classic NES titles; appealing graphics and audio; pitch perfect controls; great replay value; fantastic arsenal of weapons; memorable boss battles.
Cons: Ultra-challenging gameplay will make girlie-men and wussies cry; no real story line; getting killed by enemies between screens really sucks.