Summary: Like the series it's based on, Hard Corps: Uprising is an unforgiving side-scrolling bulletfest designed to test your patience and your twitch reflexes. It looks like Contra. It plays like Contra. Actually, it is Contra…almost. This action-intensive 2D shooter dips heavily into the well of the classic shoot-'em-up series' past for inspiration, going so far as to feature character and story tie-ins to Contra: Hard Corps on the Sega Genesis.
Pros: Tight run-and-gun action, Creative level designs and bosses, Single-screen co-op is a blast
Cons: Absurd difficulty curve, Limited checkpoints lead to lots of repetition
Summary: Contra is back with this sequel to the Genesis classic, Contra: Hard Corps. Arc Systems, makers of Guilty Gear XX, gets down and dirty retro with this insanely hard ode to old school shooters. A fantastic presentation and plenty of nostalgic touches mixes with crazy action to create a game that teeters on greatness, but is hampered by a few too many frustrations.
Pros: Gorgeous 2D graphics, Classic Contra guns and gameplay, Diverse, large levels, Progressive character building in Rising mode
Cons: Too damn hard, Frustrating lack of restart points, Archaic button layout makes the game harder than it should be
Excerpt: The Contra series is famous for its brutal difficulty, but Konami and Arc System Works are pushing the threshold with Hard Corps: Uprising. In the year 2613, the world has come under the rule of an evil dictator, and it's up to a small band of freedom fighters to liberate the masses from oppression. As either Colonel Bahamut or Krystal, you'll tear through eight levels of chaos and mayhem.
Conclusion: You can tell Hard Corps means business right from the opening movie with its HEAVY METAL score and tightly-edited montage of explosions and faster-and-much-cooler-than-thou characters defying gravity and good sense. But for all the high production anime intro, in-game visuals and cracking soundtrack being uber slick and modern, Hard Corps is more eager to plug itself into a flux capacitor and offer a blast back to the golden oldie Contra series, the tough side-scrolling...
Pros: Hardcore enough to prove challenging for most, Rising mode adds longevity.
Cons: Still some who won't like the difficulty, or be put off by the cartoony sheen.
Excerpt: Despite not having the name anywhere in its title, Hard Corps: Uprising is the latest entry in the Contra series.
Pros: It’s Contra, which means it’s going to be tough, Lots of replay value, Rising mode’s customization options are awesome, The game is even more fun with a friend, Beautiful anime-style visuals
Cons: Load times are awful (nearly 2 minutes per stage), Might be too difficult for casuals; can be frustrating, Sometimes the game is just too chaotic, Controls can cause problems in tricky situations
Excerpt: Год назад я собирал осколки челюсти с пола, впервые увидев Hard Corps в действии. Яркая, зрелищная, стильная игра – и одновременно дьявольски сложная; с ходу непросто пройти даже первый уровень. Не ностальгический ретро-римейк классики в подкрашенных пикселях, а хороший современный боевик, достойный PlayStation 3 с Xbox 360. Пусть и двухмерный. Да еще и с иллюстрациями и музыкой Дайске Исиватари, автора Guilty Gear .
Summary: Le titre nous offre un retour réussi dans l’ensemble. Les amoureux du genre seront heureux d’en faire l’acquisition. Il est cependant dommage qu’il faille repasser à la caisse pour avoir l’intégralité du casting du titre.
Pros: Difficulté, Durée de vie, Gameplay, Graphisme