Neo Contra PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Oct 19, 2004
Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
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  1. Game Informer
    78
    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]
  2. The game setup is also much easier than any others in the Contra series that I've played, but at the same time, it still more difficult than a wide variety of games.
  3. 80
    The gameplay blows minds. The lush, detailed graphics and driving sountrack are the icing on the cake. [Dec 2004, p.108]
  4. I know that Neo Contra has built up my confidence enough that I am starting to toy with the idea of trying Shattered Ego…err…Soldier again if I can remember where I buried it in the backyard.
  5. A polished and relentless action game with some of the craziest levels in this console generation.
  6. Play Magazine
    75
    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]
  7. Pelit (Finland)
    85
    A traditional and extremely addictive shoot 'em up. Its twisted humour is hilarious. A few more levels would not have hurt, though. [Mar. 05]
  8. The 3D makeover is near-irrelevant - this is firmly rooted in decades-old 'classic' gameplay. Fun, but strangely out of place among more 'modern' PS2 experiences. [PSM2]
  9. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#75 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. ChrisBurket
    Oct 1, 2009
    8
    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?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) Full Review »
  2. StephenK
    Jul 16, 2008
    9
    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. ItAwsome 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. Full Review »
  3. KourtneyL.
    Nov 24, 2004
    10
    You gamers need to remember.The older Contras of the past never had unlockable missions to go through.Shattered Solider and Neo Contra are 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. Full Review »