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!
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?
Conclusion: I have always loved the Gradius franchise and have fond memories of playing the games throughout my childhood. To say I grew up on games like this would be a grievous understatement and I'm sure many of you out there reading this review could say the same thing. If you're younger chances are pretty good that you haven't played a shooter like this before. Most everything is in the first person now or features 3D effects that could blow your mind.
Excerpt: With the Gradius series spanning 20 years, Konami comes to the aide of twitchy fingered gamers of all ages with its release of Gradius Collection. With the mix of five Gradius games packed to the brim with classic space oriented side scrolling shoot-em up chaos, how could it go wrong? If you’ve never played a Gradius game, don’t fret, the mechanics couldn’t be any simpler.
Excerpt: The five games on the disc are Gradius, Gradius II, Gradius III, Gradius Gaiden, and Gradius IV. All of them play roughly the same. The player, piloting a lonesome spaceship, has to get through ten or more side-scrolling levels packed with bullet-spewing enemies and giant bosses. Grabbing the power-up pods left by the enemies you destroy will allow you to add lasers, missiles, and shields to your ship, as well as multiple "option" pods that double your firepower.