Summary: I was addicted to Contra as a kid. On the old NES, there was hardly a better game, and I spend hundreds of hours on each one, fighting, shooting, blowing stuff up. I was so excited for this one I could hardly stand it, and I didn't care if it was 2-D. In fact, I WANTED the game to be exactly the same as the old ones. I bought the game, put it in, and started to play. Then I got bored. Fast. I couldn't believe it.
Summary: Contra Shattered Soldier features somewhat interesting graphics, the lighting and color is good, but character detail is just a tad watered down and tiny. Standard gun blasts and explosions round out the sound effects, the hard metal music isn't done too well (a more ambient or industrial rock track, or orchestral music would have been more well suited), easy controls, are a plus here, but just not the replay factor.