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.
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: There are many who would have you believe that the 2D Shoot-em-up is a dead or dying genre. Hardly any such games are being released for the current generation of consoles, particularly outside of Japan. Luckily though there are still some developers out there who believe otherwise, such as Treasure, who as it goes are the creators of some of the best games in this genre.
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: Whoever says that classic shooters are dead should be subjected to Gradius V. For the last few years I have heard the same bull about the 2D shooter being a dying genre now that 3D has taken over. During that time, although being limited in supply, 2D shooter fans were treated to masterpieces such as R-Type Final, Contra: Shattered Soldier, and the insane Mars Matrix (which I recently had the chance to play thanks to MAME).
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Gradius V is an amazing game and one of the best shooters released in years. Fans of the series are no doubt in for a treat as Treasure has crafted the ultimate next-gen shoot 'em up. Borrowing some of the best elements from past Gradius games, along with Salamander 1& 2 and even Ikaruga, Gradius V was no doubt a labor of love for Treasure and one that shooter fans should enjoy from start to finish.