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Contra: Shattered Soldier
1 February 2013
Excerpt: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start. Even if you can't appreciate the significance of that legendary button sequence, you can still get in on the action with Contra: Shattered Soldier, a PlayStation 2 game from Konami.
Excerpt: Nothing in life ever stays the same. If you've ever had a good friend that you've lost contact with, it can be a mixed experience to meet them again after a long separation. On the one hand, there's nothing like seeing a familiar face that's been missing from your life. On the other hand, you might find it difficult to have the same kind of relationship you once had after years have passed.
Excerpt: Most shooter fans over the age of 20 should remember the acclaimed Contra series for the arcade, Nintendo and Super Nintendo. People loved it for the fast-paced run and gun action and frustrating difficulty. But after the 16-bit days, the series to a long downward spiral with the release of Contra: Legacy Of War for the Playstation. Most fans blamed the new developer, and 3D graphics for this atrocious disaster.
Pros: Fast-Paced, brutal shooting action, The graphics and sound that the series deserves
Cons: Newbies won't appreciate a game like this, A tad on the repetitive side
Excerpt: Contra: Shattered Soldier is a very adult game. No, not adult in a foul mouthed low-budget porn kind of way, but in the sense that a good part of the gaming public just won't 'get it'. Not to cut down or insult the current generation of gamers, most of whom have developed in the nice warm womb of the PlayStation and Nintendo 64, but you have no idea the kind of fun you guys missed out on.
Summary: Even though Contra was legendary on the 8- and 16-bit
consoles where it initially appeared, the series seemed to have lost its way
when it transferred awkwardly to the Playstation. Fortunately, Konami seems to
have learned from their mistakes because Contra: Shattered Soldier for the PS2
restores the play mechanics and challenge that made the original so great.
Excerpt: Playing action-packed co-op games is not an idea of the past. In fact, in my humble opinion, it’s some of the best forms of electronic entertainment. Sitting down with one or more friends and blowing sh*t up, it's quality bonding time. Needless to say, I was pumped to play Contra: Shattered Soldier, and usually I don't read anyone's opinions on games until I review them. This time, I slipped up. My wandering eyes caught a glance and I was tainted.
Excerpt: Some soldiers can never retire. Contra: Shattered Soldier is the latest align birth from the ashes of several failed to and otherwise horrible incarnations of the "modern Contra." After a few failed attempts by Konomi to bring Contra beyond 16-bit era, it seems that all they really need to do was get the 16-bit era in NexGen make over. This version of Contra plays most similar to the original Contra III: The Alien Wars.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: 'Tis the season for remakes it would seem, and like Shinobi, Contra: Shattered Soldier offers plenty for the old-school gamer to enthuse over, and for newcomers, well, if they'll only be a little patient, they're sure to find a lot to like about this package.
Excerpt: Things change. Contra would return to the console world in 1996 and 1997 with Legacy of War on the PlayStation and Saturn. However, if the word were not on the packaging, on the disc, and on the title screen, no one would have believed that this was of the same pedigree as its predecessors.
Excerpt: Contra: Shattered Soldier, the long awaited and highly anticipated grandfather of shoot 'em ups returns. After a rather embarrassing release for Playstation (Contra: Legacy of War) which was designed by Appaloosa, Konami takes back it's brainchild and returns to the roots. I was surprised to see that the main character in Contra had a name, to me it's just been "the guy in the blue pants" and even more surprised to see that a girl has taken the red panted guy's place.