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  • Summary: Konami's popular shooting franchise, Gradius, returns in the first installment specially designed for a next-generation platform. With the new Option Controls feature and masterful level design, Gradius V creates a new strategic dimension in shooting as gamers take control of the Vic Viper and blast through seven stages of classic arcade-style action on a non-stop, intense thrill ride to destroy the Bacterian core. Spectacular 3D graphics – the best looking Gradius Ever. New Option Controls feature adds depth and gameplay. 7 expansive levels of exciting shooting action. Classic Gradius action with new features and inspired level design. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 100
    Combines best-of-class graphics with a surprisingly back-to-basics approach to the series' familiar gameplay. The result is a sublime shooter that not only does its legacy proud, but actually transcends it.
  2. The action creeps up slowly, starting out like a gorgeous-looking but fairly standard shoot 'em up. However, by the middle of level two, it's pummelling you with a relentless parade of conceptual set pieces so audacious and inventive you'll laugh with delight as you gape in horror. [Sept 2004, p.94]
  3. And while previous games like "Silpheed" and "R-Type Final" are both excellent games, there is something about the style and the legacy associated with the Gradius franchise that makes Gradius V a force to be reckoned with.
  4. 80
    The best side-scrolling action game for $30 this side of buying $30 worth of live crabs. That means buy it.
  5. Everything blows up really well, too. Konami has preserved the classic, 2D action, but rendered the graphics in full, beautiful 3D. [Oct 2004, p.40]
  6. 77
    There is little to make such a game appealing to those who don't find the idea of billions of options for instantaneous death exciting.
  7. Even though its more visually polished than some of the other shooters out there, the lack of innovation and the small number of seven stages makes Gradius V a must for fans of the series only. [JPN Import]

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  1. JoseN.
    Apr 8, 2005
    10
    Perfect!! The Best Gradius of the history!!
  2. MrT.
    Nov 26, 2004
    9
    The best shootemup i have ever played. My score should actually read 9.5, The only reason i wouldn't give it a 10 is for silly little reasons like not being able to turn the music off in the options menu - play any game enough times and the music can get anoying. Other than that it is shooting nirvana. Expand
  3. Fighter17
    Dec 25, 2004
    9
    I really like this game a lot. Very hard game to beat, but the Gradius name states that this game is going to be hard at the first place. I wish more unlockables were added to this game for more play time. Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2011
    8
    This isn't Gradius.. this isn't Gradius at all. However, what it is- is in fact a much better, much improved, and much better looking Gradius than any other installment in the series. Even though at times Treasures influence is incredibly obvious, seeing as they had everything to do with making this title, you'll still see some glimpses of original Gradius concepts from older games and maybe even old bosses or enemies. Its been re tweaked for awesome throughout, has a pretty cinematic quality to it and it even quite challenging in a relentless sort of way. However, the power-up system overhaul has left the room for error less-so than in the older games, seeing as you can do quite well with a fully powered ship in each stage. That doesn't mean you won't get you're ass murdered by level layouts or strategically placed enemy patterns of fire or otherwise. You may in fact enjoy this game or hate it for being nearly completely different the the other games. Expand