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  • Summary: Neo Contra integrates all of the classic shooting gameplay elements that have come to define this renowned series while bringing the experience to a 3D world. Longtime fans and newcomers to the franchise will find classic, fast-paced action as they battle huge bosses who will stop at nothing to keep them from completing their mission. Players will need quick reflexes to dodge enemy attacks as well as access an arsenal of powerful weapons to defeat deadly enemies. Set in the distant future, Neo Contra continues the adventure of the legendary hero, Bill Rizer, and introduces a visually striking new character to the series - Genbei Jaguer Yagyu, a mysterious Samurai. In addition to stylized characters, players will also experience realistic environmental destruction and explosions as they make their way through extremely detailed stages. The game's incredible CG cinematic sequences will also enhance its engaging storyline and overall dynamic visual design. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
  1. It's short length keeps it from scoring any higher, but fans of Contra and shooter fans in general will find a great game in Neo Contra.
  2. I'd estimate that Reiner and I completed the four main missions and fifth bonus mission on normal difficulty in about three or four hours. [Nov 2004, p.152]
  3. Apoplectic shooting action that doesn't let us catch our breath till the hard-fought score is tallied up at the end of the level. [Nov 2004, p.48]
  4. The stages themselves are filled with over-the-top shooting action and twitch gameplay, so they're good for some kicks, even if Neo Contra ultimately doesn't provide much depth or challenge.
  5. All in all, Neo Contra plays like any 2D action game that goes vertical: less than it should. The game carries the name Contra, but the similarities in where it would count end there.
  6. The game's on the short side, and it's for some reason a little easier than past incarnations, but it's a fun shooter that's great to play in short bursts. Plus, its zany characters and gorgeous FMV cut scenes put it so far over the top it'd be a crime not to pick it up.
  7. 40
    Clunky controls and one-hit kills, along with a strangely absent option to either quit to the main menu during a game, or have a second player join any time are all annoying. More annoying, however, is that the game just doesn’t feel like a retro revamp of a true classic.

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  1. KourtneyL.
    Nov 24, 2004
    You gamers need to remember.The older Contras of the past never had unlockable missions to go through.Shattered Solider and Neo Contra are just about the only 2 I can think of that do.Alot of older contra games only have a code for extra lives.This new game gives you that and more.When you guys think of a contra game that has characters jump,then all you are doing is thinking of the year 1987.I think it's awesome that Contra is now fully 3D and best of all the characters talk.Since it's now 2004 I am glad that they added a dash move instead of bringing back the ability to jump.A dash can be just as good as a jump.Alot of you may think the game is extremely short but that's only because you guys are getting low ratings B or C.Shattered Solider works the same way.If you get an S rating on the first 4 missions you will continue on.Same way with SS.Why is that so difficult for you contra fans to understand? I hope this review helps. Expand
  2. StephenK
    Jul 16, 2008
    Awsome game! The controls are tough to get used to, but once you do, its a blast and a half! Big guns, Big bosses and Big explosions. It delivered, I was happy. The werid music wasn't NEARLY as good as any of its predecessors, but the opening sequence sure had a catchy tune. Expand
  3. ChrisBurket
    Oct 1, 2009
    ahh this is an interesting one. im not going to say it is a great game, but i will say it is fun as hell. what is this game all about? action, action, action and more action. what are the good aspects about it? gameplay, gameplay, gameplay and....... gameplay. anyway, the main thing i want to address is the voice acting and the story. the story is pretty basic and the plot twists are cheesy. the voice acting and dialogue are so cheesy and so terrible, that they are good in a way. i know that makes no sense but they really are funny. it lifts alot of the tension because you just have to laugh at the cutscenes. for example, at one part the 2 main characters are on top of a moving helicopter and manage not to fall off by running in place super fast on the spinning blades. they stay like this for an entire half of a level even when the helicopter flips over for a second. they also they get shot out of an erupting volcano, ride on torpedoes like surf boards and get shot down to the battlefield inside of a missile from a satellite..... these guys put chuck norris to shame. its like the creators realized that no one is playing this game for the story, so they decided to make it cheesy and stupid and focus on the gameplay. its nice to see game designers with real focus. its a contra game so i assume you already know that it is ball-breakingly hard and you will die again and again and again, but i would still recommend it (if youre a man you can take it). dont bother renting it. its so cheap at stores you might as well purchase it. also in order to get your full use out of it, you will need to master the gameplay, so really you need to own it. a few more things, the graphics and music are pretty good. thats all. i give this game an 8 out of 10 (or 4 out of 5) Expand