Gradius V PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2004
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
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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.
  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.
  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 andThis 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

Awards & Rankings

#61 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. It's fast, it's intense, and it looks really good. But it's also very short, and slightly repetitive.
  2. GamePro
    100
    Incredibly difficult and insanely enjoyable, Gradius V is one of those magical games that you can pick up and play instantly, but spend weeks mastering. [Nov 2004, p.104]
  3. 80
    The best side-scrolling action game for $30 this side of buying $30 worth of live crabs. That means buy it.