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  • Summary: Need an old school fix on that shiny new PlayStation2? Gradius III & IV updates the 2D shooter with fantastic graphics and all of the classic Gradius play. Evade your enemies and return fire with your favorite arsenal of lasers, bombs and missiles.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. 80
    Hardly pushing the limits of the PS2, Gradius III and IV is a shooter combo package that will appeal to retro gaming fans.
  2. An acquired taste, no doubt, but Konami's Gradius package delivers quality thrills in quick bite sized bursts.
  3. It's a hit because it's fun, pretty challenging and relies on a tried-and-true game style -- but if you're choosing a game to show off what your PS2 does -- this ain't it.
  4. There's a dozen titles that look better, but they don't play nearly as well.
  5. Konami's sights may be locked dead on the retrogaming audience, but Gradius III & IV are both excellent, albeit incredibly difficult, games in their own right.
  6. The good news, if you're a hard-core old-school gamer, is that they both play like the Gradius shooters of old. The bad news, for every other gamer out there, is that Gradius III and IV don't showcase the true power of the PS2.
  7. 30
    A complete and utter waste of time and money for anyone who isn't a die-hard shoot 'em-up junky.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. KourtneyL.
    Jan 15, 2005
    10
    If you all think you are gamers think again. I remember Gradius III from the SNES and from playing it it makes me feel that I am playing the SNES version.Why do you people mention about the arcade version of the game? It never has been released here in the U.S.For all of you bad reviewers,You all need to learn to appreciate and like the games just the way they are.It doesn't matter how they look and play they are still fun in their own right.Not just the Gradius series but the other games too.Konami has spend alot of time and work on making games like this.I just don't understand why all of you have to be so negative and unhappy with the games.We all should be happy that we even have them in our lives.I am tired of all the negative bullshit.If all of you can't accept and or like all the games for the way they are then by all means leave them alone.The other developers have worked so hard on making the games and all of you so call gamers say negative stuff about all of them.To me that's nothing more than trash talk.The games can only have so much stuff in them.I also think that you all of you have bad taste.I do not want see anymore negative crap about them. -Kourtney Expand
  2. S.F.
    Sep 20, 2002
    9
    Really cool this game from back in the days is back.