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  • Summary: All of the legendary action and adrenaline of the famed Contra series comes to the PS2. Massive, screen-filling boss characters, a Contra series staple, do everything they can to keep players from proceeding through the multiple action-packed missions, while environmental threats such as swarms of bugs, aggressive enemies and alien encounters keep players on their toes. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Fine shooting action served straight, no chaser. [Holiday 2002, p.30]
  2. Old school in every possible way. [Jan 2003, p.173]
  3. Delightfully preposterous H.R. Giger carnage. [22 Nov 2002, p.85]
  4. Die-hard Contra fans hoping for a pure Contra remake may find themselves a little disappointed that, for all its similarity to its classic predecessors, Contra: Shattered Soldier takes a few too many liberties.
  5. It's fun to learn the patterns and hone in on that perfect game, though the limited gameplay and the shortness of the actual experience make it well suited for a rental.
  6. I'm sure that I'll have the urge to beat it again in a year, and then again in five years. But aside from playing the co-op multiplayer mode, it'd be tough to get me to come back any more frequently than that.
  7. Anybody who remembers the good old days of Contra should steer clear of Shattered Soldier, unless you have some sort of sadistic urge to lay waste to your senses and pollute your fond recollections of this once proud series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. SamuelV.
    Jan 9, 2003
    Hey-this is da'best game of konami (Contra) run n' gun is back -this game is awesome -"da'classic"
  2. ShaunB.
    Feb 11, 2003
    The enemies are great. it is challenging yet fun. the best bit is the unlimited amount of ammunition. this game is class. i love it!!!
  3. SuperContraDude
    Mar 7, 2003
    Kick ass contra game, its up there with the series of contra games.
  4. JackD.
    Nov 9, 2002
    Contra: Shattered Soldier is an excellent sidescrolling shooter. Its execution is polished and intuitive, and the stage design is nicely varied, full of cool boss fights and that rarest of commodities in today's gaming world, a genuine challenge. If you can take the heat and aren't a series purist looking for a verbatim repeat of the exact same Contra you played years ago, this one's for you. Expand
  5. JasonP.
    Dec 28, 2002
    Very Tough, but it was much like the origonal, well the one on SNES not really like the one on NES. in any case it was ok, I was going to get Vice city... my friend talked me into getting this. *wishes he trusted his instincts instead* -.- Collapse
  6. TarikT.
    Nov 10, 2002
    Games need change, this is what Contra Shattered Soldier is missing.
  7. PeterD.
    Nov 1, 2002
    Maybe Im so angry because I had I expectations for this game, but I was truly disapointed with everything about it. They took the original and upgraded nothing or at least what they did upgrade made it worse.The game should never sell for 50 dollars but Konami knows it will because of the name they slapped on it. Save 40 dollars and buy the original for 10. YOU WILL HAVE MORE FUN THAN THIS DISAPPOINTING GARBAGE!!!! Expand

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