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- Fast paced 2D side-scrolling action from the franchise that defined the genre
- Collect multiple power-ups to create new and explosive weapon combinations
- Unique dual-screen presentation allows for frantic action and massive boss encounters
- New grappling hook accessory lets you access hard to reach areas and dodge enemies
- 2-player cooperative action lets you take on the enemy with twice the firepower
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Now, fifteen years after Contra III: The Alien Wars, we finally get a true Contra sequel. And it's everything the original Contra back in the 80's was. That is to say it's insanely hard, you only have so many lives and you'll see that game over screen millions of times, maybe within the first level alone. When I say this game is difficult, it's no joke. This game was specifically made for Contra fans. So if you didn't like the series before, you are surely not going to like this game by any means.
Contra 4 takes the basic run and gun gameplay of the original and does nothing to mess with a tried and true formula. You'll go through the levels blasting anything and everything that moves while you jump from one platform to the next to avoid falling in chasms. You'll also be avoiding enemy gun fire and watching out for enemies that are running blindly from one side of the screen to another. Your eyes must be sharp if you want to survive.Read more ›
This game is hard.
Will you die a lot? Yes.
But with that said, Contra 4 is an amazing game that takes me back to the days of the first Contra on the NES. I can remember playing that and getting frustrated because I kept dying...yet, I went back for more. Same thing applies here. You aren't going to get through this game by blindly jumping, moving, and shooting. You will need to remember where X enemy appears, when a power-up is going to appear (and what kind it is), the pattern of a boss...all the skills that used to be required when playing a game like this back on the NES. Patience is key.
Again...this game is hard. You will get frustrated. But not from cheap AI. There really were only a few times where I was killed because of a cheap hit; the only one I can remember at the moment is when an enemy was "hidden" by the space between the top and bottom screens.
But don't let that deter you from purchasing it. If you have been looking for a challenge, want an old-school 2D action game, or are a die-hard Contra fan, this is for you.
If not, go play one of those new modern games that holds your hand, gives you unlimited continues and/or lives, and changes your diaper before you go to bed.
Only real mean (and women) need apply.
The best thing about this game is how they managed to capture the "feel" of the old Contra. They made certain things right, like the arc of the jumps, the travel speed of the bullets, the way they blink that certain way, the noise that your character makes when he lands on a platform, or the particular noise that a bullet makes when it hits a target. They also kept a lot of the enemies in the same poses and gave them similar animations to the ones in the older games. It's the subtle details like this that let you know that this is a genuine Contra game and not some experimental project that they just slapped the Contra name on.
You see many other franchises lose sight of the little things that made a particular game stand out. They may have similar characters and other qualities that justify it as a franchise game, but the qualities that made the original special are not there. Many of the later Sonic games have been accused of this, as well as the 3D Castlevania titles, and of course the 3D Contra titles as well. Contra: Shattered Soldier, while a decent game, suffered from this as well. In contrast, Contra 4 really is a true franchise title.
Overall, the game plays like a mix of Contra for the NES and Contra III: the Alien Wars for the SNES. If you liked those games, you will enjoy Contra 4.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love Contra. one of my favorite games of all time.
the game-play. the action, the smart boss battles. this was a hard to find item locally so I got it off amazon. Read more
Excellent Contra game, my favorite in the franchise with lots of game action and content.Published 2 months ago by Osvaldo Arrieta
contra 4 is the greatest video game in the universe a true classic the best of the best contra 4 rocks hardcorps uprising is the greatest video game in the universe a true classic... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ivan Orozco
Bought this for my grandson for Christmas. He lovers it!!!Published 5 months ago by Jonell M. Fonderhide
Glad that Contra 4 returned Contra to its roots. After Contra 3, Konami simply put out trash after trash like that legacy of War garbage. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Terminus of X