Excerpt: One of the phrases that I often abuse, in my reviews, is "over the top." A game is rarely at the top, or just below it; if the issue comes up, it's almost always over it. Neo Contra is in a geosynchronous orbit over the top. It exists in a place where the "top" is a particularly old and dull legend.
Summary: After the success of Contra: Shattered
Soldier two years ago, Konami has brought the series back for another
installment, Neo Contra for the PS2. This time, Konami has eschewed the more
traditional 2D approach in favor of a top-down isometric quasi-3D feel that
provides a deeper gameplay experience.
Excerpt: After reading Matt's analysis of Neo Contra , I think he nailed it when he said that it lacks the staying power of its predecessors. It's clearly a good game at its core, and technically, things are smooth and feel good in my hands.
Excerpt: Neo Contra is a run-and-gun shoot 'em up with a top-down viewpoint. In human-speak, that means you see the action from above and guide your soldier through the levels in a manner similar to such classics as Alien Syndrome, MERCS, One, Smash TV, and Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
Summary: Neo Contra has the dubious distinction of being the shortest game that’s ever graced my PS2. Granted, I tend to prefer those 100+ hour monster games, the sort that tend to warp time and somehow cause the morning sun to rise seconds after “just popping the game in for a few seconds” after dinner.
Excerpt: Neo Contra delivers a fun, violence-filled romp, but its virtues as a hardcore action game are tarnished by its hit-or-miss attempts at parody. Other developers have elevated the classic 2D shooter to a form of ballet, where memorizing bullet patterns and releasing your own perfect counter-attack is...
Excerpt: According to ESRB , this game contains: Mild Language, Violence Parents shouldn't have much problem with Neo Contra , although some younger children may be disturbed by some of its truly grotesque monsters. There is very little human death in the game, but it does occasionally pop up.
Excerpt: Other moldy oldie dust-off, Neo Contra takes the one of the world's best known incessant side-scrolling shooters to the lush environs of 3D adventure and delivers what is essentially the same old incessant shooter.
Excerpt: Genre: Action Developer : Konami Publisher : Konami Release Date: October 19, 2004 Buy 'NEO CONTRA': PlayStation 2 Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left Right, B, A, Start. If you don't know this sequence, you were either godly in Contra or have never played this revered game.
Excerpt: Legacy of War blew, Shattered Soldier didn't. If not wasting a paragraph on that crap felt good to you, this is your game. Neo Contra spends no time with the superfluous stuff such as jumping that bogged down earlier 3D Contra s, and instead opts to place the limelight on what everyone came for:...