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  • Summary: Contra 4 takes place two years after "Contra III: The Alien Wars," first released on the Super Nintendo in 1992. Heroes Bill and Lance again must team up to take down an oncoming alien invasion and its leader, Black Viper. Contra 4 features the same style of 2D side-scrolling gameplay that established the series 20 years ago. Players combat alien hordes with a variety of futuristic weapons while attempting to avoid pitfalls and other hazards along the way. Contra 4's action extends to both screens on the DS, allowing for larger environments and boss encounters. And as is a hallmark of the series, Contra 4 retain two-player simultaneous gameplay. Expand
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. This is both the ultimate Contra experience and one of the best action games in years. Do not let Contra 4 get lost in the holiday rush.
  2. Contra 4 is meant for the hardcore old school crowd, and only for the hardcore old school crowd.
  3. Contra 4 stands alone both as a game and as an anniversary package celebrating the history of the series. This is a retrospective done right and it should be considered a must-have for any DS owner out there.
  4. 85
    If you crave old-school action that is just as relentless today as it was back in the 80s then Konami has answered your call.
  5. WayForward Technologies has successfully managed to create that old-school arcade experience in the palm of your hand. And if that doesn’t impress you, you may as well stick to "Brain Training." [Jan 2008, p.117]
  6. It's mean, it's intense, it's difficult, and it's a raucous good time. In a nutshell, it's Contra.
  7. While Contra 4 is, at its core, a great 2D shooter that's refreshingly difficult, there are too many places where it stays true to its past in the face of innovations that could only make it a better, more accessible game.

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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jan 2, 2011
    10
    On Easy mode, this game is not too hard to complete. I'm happy to see this title, which is not for babies, so those who find it difficult, just begin practising.
    I've finished all challenges and bonus content really worth playing it!
    Great 2D graphics with a pinch of 3D, rocking music and a memorable 20-th anniversary for my childhood's favorite NES game.
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  2. ERB
    Aug 2, 2013
    8
    All contra games are good but this one is the best.It is very fun playing it and it is also addicting as well.I must say this,this is far the best DS game I've ever played. Expand

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