Excerpt: Ever looked through old baby pictures? Or, if you are lucky enough to have a baby and like to shoot lots of pictures, you can get the same effect. Watching changes over the years, some dramatic and some subtle... Playing Gradius Collection is like watching a game grow up over time, and what was great to begin with just got better and better. This is truly a collector's treasure.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Just as the world moves ahead to plunge into an obfuscating wonderland of Next Gen Electronics, our oldest buddies in the game industry take a step back in time and resonate a nostalgia so good its gamegasmic!
the games themselves might seem a bit dated by today's standards, less cynical
players will most likely find that the games have held up remarkably well.
Playing through these seminal installments in the Gradius series, you are
immediately struck by just how brilliant they are in terms of construction and
Excerpt: Vic Viper sets out on yet another journey to save the galaxy. For
better or for worse, this time the journey is more of a repeat
performance. In this PSP compilation, you can take on any of the
legendary ship’s first 5 games: Gradius Gradius II Gradius III Gradius IV Gradius Gaiden Gradius III Gradius V
Excerpt: Konami's latest retro anthology, Gradius Collection, brings a long legacy of side-scrolling shooter mayhem to the PSP. For fans of the classic space-cave action Gradius made popular, this is a must-have collection. Sporting some welcome enhancements, including a quick-save feature that helps players reach previously unattainable levels and makes the games more portable-friendly, Gradius Collection is worth checking out to spice up that summertime commute.
Pros: ups: Many many options and bonuses, excellent Save file system
Excerpt: Let's flash back for one moment to 1986. Nintendo had just pulled video gaming out of the great depression, and no kid's life was complete without an NES. That year, Konami released a port of what would soon be their flagship shooter series: Gradius. I was sold immediately on the premise of a shooter in which you could upgrade your ship as you saw fit, and as a bit of a masochistic gamer I loved the difficulty.
Conclusion: All hail the PSP, king of the retro compilation. Five games, all with options to make them easier and more newbie-friendly, crammed onto a UMD with CG clips and a jukebox? What's not to love here?