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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Contra Review (NES)

Posted by Nathaniel at 9:25 PM
by Dacquin

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, on to the review


4.9/5.0 Awesome

I swear, no matter how many times I’ve played Contra, I still love it. And who wouldn’t? This is the best side scroller in history, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Your task is take down the Red Falcon who is inhabiting an island at some mysterious location.
Your arsenal can include your basic gun, your flame gun (stinks even more than your beginning weapon), the machine gun (decent weapon), the laser gun (my personal favorite), or the spreader (everyone else’s favorite). With whatever weapon you get, you must take down the forces that are protecting the Red Falcon.

I never really thought about the environments, but on this island, places you fight include two bases, an extremely tall waterfall, a hangar, and… a snow field? On a mysterious topical island? Well, despite the odd settings, everything is wonderfully designed and each level has unique enemies and weapons that you have to deal with. All bosses have their annoying ways of taking you out, including turrets and enemies that pop up just to say “Hi, I’m here to kill you!”

The game never lets up on the fighting. Around every corner, there’s always something you have to face, which makes it hard to stand still, even for a moment. On some occasions, some of the light gunfire can’t be seen and you’ll die and wonder how that happened. Albeit, it doesn’t happen frequently, but you’ll revert back to your regular gun, which when you get to boss fights, makes it that much more difficult to take them down.

So, if you haven’t played Contra, for some bizarre reason, go and play this game. NOW! It's truly a classic game for the NES. It's one of those games that will never ever die.


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