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 Hardwood Backgammon. There is also a free one-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold.
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 difficult, and without the thirty-lives code it gets frustrating very quickly. However, since we've confirmed that the code does work, you will definitely want to make use of it.
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. Demo it first and if you’re still an ardent Contra arcade fan with an uncontrollable yearning to relive your days of glory killing hordes of Red Falcon cronies then go for it.
Excerpt: 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. It's well emulated and offers some pretty good online co-op play, so the news isn't all bad.
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
Excerpt: One of the surprisingly addictive and great features of the Xbox 360 has been Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft's download service that lets you purchase smaller, digitally distributed games direct from your console. A handful of these games have been updated versions of arcade classics, but there are plenty of interesting original games, as well.
Pros: Six solid Xbox Live Arcade games in one package, comes with a free month of Xbox Live Gold, disc is cheaper than buying each game individually
Cons: Odds are you won't fall in love with every single game on the disc, Texas Hold 'em is pretty lame if you can't play with other players
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. For those who are old enough to remember beat-em-ups like Double Dragon, Streets of Rage and Ikari Warriors know the kind of game they could expect.
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. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
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.