Excerpt: Don't worry if you haven't got an Xbox Live connection. Now it's possible to play six of the greatest XBLA games with Xbox Live: Arcade Unplugged. The games included in this compilation are Geometry Wars Retro Evolved, Texas Hold'em, Outpost Kaloki X, Wik: Fable of Souls, Bejeweled 2: Deluxe and...
Conclusion: Konami’s Contra is a solid addition to Xbox Live Arcade, but it is simply just not the version of the game most of us will expect and prefer. Instead of delivering the NES build of the game, we are given the coin-op version that is designed to take quarters from your pocket, meaning it’s quite...
Conclusion: The graphics are old school which is fine…but you’ll be playing this in an un-adjustable window surrounded by a gaudy flames design not even a biker could love. Final Thoughts : For the price it's not a bad choice.
Excerpt: Way back in the days when the NES was king, a little game called Contra lit up consoles with all the action and gameplay excitement that a title like Gears of War would deliver today. Konami had delivered a game that two people could play cooperatively and have a blast while doing it.
Summary: This Xbox Live Arcade port of Contra is the perfect example of how you can screw up a classic arcade game. You may still have a good time going through this action game, but if you're the type of person that fell in love with the NES version you will be sorely disappointed.
Excerpt: The Xbox Live Arcade has proven to be a viable source for entertainment throughout the Xbox 360’s debut year. These relatively cheap titles can keep you on the edge of your seat from five minutes to five hours, and it’s clear that this revolution has made a noticeable impact in the gaming industry.
Summary: You're not looking for this Contra. While there's certainly nothing too wrong with the arcade version of Contra, it's the NES version of the game that made the name so popular. So it's inherently disappointing that the arcade version is the one making an appearance on Xbox Live Arcade.
Pros: Includes the spread gun, Offers a 30 lives code that also disables achievements when you cheat, A short, but tough game that you probably won't finish your first time through
Cons: It's not the NES version of Contra, Online often plays poorly