Excerpt: This is gaming history. Shooters, at some point in the last few years, mutated from one kind of twitch game to another. The endlessly inventive bastardry of the 8- and 16-bit period turned into the real-time bullet mazes you see in Ikaruga or Mars Matrix . Gradius V is a throwback to yesterday's shooters. I don't want to use the phrase "old-school," well, ever, but it's accurate.
Excerpt: Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing at times; reminiscing when games used to be challenging rather than bloated with a number of useless extras to keep up the pretence that a game contains longevity. The challenge was rooted in the core-mechanics of the game, try as you might as you come unstuck many a time, but start again and you were coerced into mastering the crux of the game and eventually, you would overcome the obstacles.
Excerpt: Shooter fans will have a lot to celebrate this winter as Konami releases Gradius V, a brand new installment for the PS2. The return of this venerable series looks likely to please hard-core veteran players with its incredible visuals, inspired level designs and simultaneous play, GV should push the series forward while retaining its 2D roots. With new power-ups and gameplay mechanics underlying the traditional gameplay, this looks to be an exciting release.
Summary: At long last, players have the chance to
pilot the legendary Vic Viper in Konami's flawless Gradius V for the PS2.
Updating the classic series with new twists while remaining true to the spirit,
renowned developers Treasure have given the franchise a contemporary feel with
new weapons and power-ups. From a visual standpoint, the game looks amazing with
3D rendered objects, gorgeous backgrounds and slick animation.
Excerpt: It doesn't seem possible, but it's been 20 years since Gradius first showed up on the arcade scene, becoming an instant classic and one of the defining shoot-em-ups (aka, shmups) of all time. Over the years, the Vic Viper has turned up in a plethora of ports, sequels, and side stories, and while some of them have been better than others ( Gradius IV has always seemed like the series lowpoint for me, personally), Gradius V may well be the best of them all.
Excerpt: Do we really need a Gradius that dares to be different? Sometimes the best in life can get no better, and if you decide to play God for a day then bad things have been known to happen. It's as such that Gradius V is best served as being a 12-gun salute to the past rather than the true sequel its name would seem to suggest.