Life Force

Life Force

I along with millions of kids always assumed that Life Force was the sequel to Gradius.  It came a year later, featured an identical power-up system and even starred the same ship.  And Konami certainly positioned it as such.  But...
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Contra (Japan)

Contra (Japan)

We live in a time now where a significant number of Japanese video games are released almost simultaneously worldwide.  That is a tremendous feat regardless of title but is especially impressive for Rpgs.  Back in the 80s this wasn’t the...
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Contra Spirits

Contra Spirits

As a fan of Contra I was shocked to learn of the staggering number of bootleg and unlicensed games in the series created overseas. Most of these games were simply sprite hacks but a few like Super Contra X were...
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Neo Contra

Neo Contra

Contra saw some dark days but Konami was able to right the ship with Contra: Shattered Soldier.  Although it was incredibly difficult it had everything you could have wanted in a next generation action game: stylish production values, a great...
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Contra: Shattered Soldier

Contra: Shattered Soldier

At the end of the PlayStation era Contra as a series was in danger of fading away.  What once stood for some of the most bad ass action games on the planet had been reduced to a joke after two...
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C: the Contra Adventure

C: the Contra Adventure

Anyone who had the misfortune of playing Contra: Legacy of War was scarred.  The game was so bad it single-handedly ruined the series legacy of excellence.  Yet two years later Konami would return with the same developer and deliver its...
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Contra: Legacy of War

Contra: Legacy of War

Coming off the back of Hard Corps Contra enjoyed a new wave of popularity and quality.  That game was one of the best action games of that era and raised the bar for its genre.  Going into the 32-bit era...
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Contra: Hard Corps

Contra: Hard Corps

Contra Hard Corps is the epitome of the Contra series in many ways and one could argue the best title in the series.  If you were speaking of the Japanese version I would agree.  It has everything you could possibly...
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Contra Force

Contra Force

Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with Contra Force.  When I first saw it in magazines I was excited but could not find it in stores anywhere.  Which makes sense as the 16-bit war was heating up and the...
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Contra III: the Alien Wars

Contra III: the Alien Wars

If I had to sum up Contra III in one sentence it would be an action movie in video game form.  Many shooters that have tried distilling the high octane thrills of a two hour blockbuster into a video game....
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