• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jun 6, 2006
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Gradius Collection ranks high in the upper echelon of classic game compilations, featuring five exceptional shooters that will have you hooked from beginning to end and beyond, all for less than a standalone full-priced PSP title. If you love shooters in any shape, form or fashion, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better than this.
  2. The control schemes are perfect, and there’s plenty of meat to this compilation; all that remains now is your gaming dollars put towards a quality product. Go forth, and prepare to destroy the core once again.
  3. I've lost a good portion of my life to this series, and thanks to this collection, I'm losing more of it from anywhere I please. [June 2006, p.119]
  4. Missing entries and control issues aside, Gradius Collection is still a great compilation of several notable titles from one of the longest running shooter franchises in videogame history.
  5. This is a great collection for fans of the series out there. For those of you that are new to the games, I have to recommend at least renting this one to give it a shot.
  6. All hail the PSP, king of the retro compilation. Five games, all with options to make them easier and more newbie-friendly, crammed onto a UMD with CG clips and a jukebox? What's not to love here?
  7. This game is a love letter to gamers that grew up with the Vic Viper and ring-spitting Easter Island heads, but it’s just as easily enjoyed by those that never played the Gradius games and are looking for a good old-fashioned arcade-style thrill.
  8. Sometimes nostalgia can disappoint because of how childhood can blur how bad something really was. Gradius doesn’t disappoint.
  9. The classic shoot 'em up series has aged well. It is still fun to play and perfect for portable gaming. [Oct 2006]
  10. Gradius Collection is a definite must for any shooter fan. It can be played for months or just a few hours depending on your attention span and how far you want to get in each game. Those looking for fun and a challenge will not be disappointed.
  11. This is hardcore, fast and frantic shooting action at its very best and a great trip down memory lane.
  12. More than a decade's worth of games from Konami's classic space shoot-'em-up series is contained in this great collection, which offers plenty of intense action, not just nostalgia.
  13. 81
    A lack of multiplayer support in the titles that used to have it and a few missing sequels does leave us a little sad, but for a series that's more than 20 years old, Konami's entertaining set is more than worth its price.
  14. With five mostly top-notch shooters all in one set ready to be played on the go (with a great save feature to boot), Gradius Portable is an excellent game for those looking for their shooting action in both short bursts and long hauls. For fans of the genre, the game is worth every penny. [JPN Import]
  15. 80
    The bottom line is that none of these games are new, but this is still a wonderful package that offers excellent value for money, and for Gradius fans it's a must-have.
  16. The real prizes here, though, are Gradius II and Gradius Gaiden, which make their first appearance in the US along with a feast of never-before-seen extras. [June 2006, p.53]
  17. 80
    It's hurt by the PSP's awful controls, but that's not unexpected. Fix that d-pad and you'll be set for more Moai-shooting action than you can shake an option at... and that's a good thing.
  18. 80
    None of the game support two-player action, which is downright unforgivable given the PSP's wireless capabilities. Also, the controls can be troublesome with neither the D-pad or analog nub offering up the really fine-tuned controls that I was hoping to have.
  19. 80
    The number of options and bonus goodies that are available are nice, and the jam-packed action of the games themselves should enthrall fans of the series and gather up a flock of new ones along the way. This is simply a must-have retro collection that should keep you plenty busy until the PS3 Gradius that's been hinted at arrives.
  20. Despite the fact some entries are missing, the collection here is still varied and show how much the series has evolved over the years. The number of options and bonus goodies that are available are nice, and the jam-packed action of the games themselves should enthrall fans of the series and gather up a flock of new ones along the way. This is simply a must-have retro collection that should keep you plenty busy until the PS3 Gradius that's been hinted at arrives.
  21. 80
    Despite its problems, the collection is pretty solid. There are a few little extras, such as a movie and music player, but for the most part, what you're getting here is a fantastic collection of four great shooters and one half-assed shooter.
  22. Consisting of Gradius I through IV, plus the illusive, never-before-played Gradius Gaiden (a game that was not released outside of Japan until now), Gradius Collection is by far the best handheld space shooter available for the PSP.
  23. So the Gradius Collection, with games free from alteration, is just about perfect. You might not like such demanding shooters as these, but the presentation is top notch and the gameplay enduring.
  24. Sure, there’s no multiplayer support and that’s a bummer, but the extremely challenging gameplay (especially in the case of Gradius III) should keep you busy all by yourself until the distant day in which Gradius VI comes out for PS3.
  25. 80
    Yes, it only features five games and, yes, they are more or less identical, but it's worth picking up to experience the majestical "Gradius Gaiden." [Issue 144, p.83]
  26. While none of the games are as polished and well-balanced as Gradius V (surely, prayerfully being held back for a single-shot PSP release) this package is nevertheless essential playing for twitch gamers.
  27. Whether you wasted your youth on a salty pier arcade with the series, or met Vic Viper for the first time in this review, Gradius will quickly become your pet name for twitch gaming thrills.
  28. The simple colours, aliens and landscapes have rarely looked better than on PSP. [June 2006, p.78]
  29. Considering that the biggest problems with this compilation are that the games are exceedingly difficult and don't offer a two-player mode, I'd say Konami has put together a winner with Gradius Collection. If you enjoy old school shmups; the kinds with spaceships; you'll feel right at home here.
  30. There really isn't much more to say than if you are a fan of the classic side scrolling shooter series and you own a PSP, then this really should be in your collection if you have a soul.
  31. Ultimately the Gradius Collection is a must have for anyone that wiled away countless hours with these wonderful shooters in the 80's and 90's.
  32. Gradius is one of those titles that (for better or worse) has just as much appeal today as it did when it first came out. In fact, it’s even harder to find this kind of action today when 2D games are considered inferior.
  33. In fact, for serious fans, I’d say the greatest credit to this title is that I couldn’t discern any flaw or difference between it and the Gradius arcade versions.
  34. All in all, Gradius Collection is a set of "fan's games," in that only someone who really loves the hyperactive side-scrolling action of the original can love this package.
  35. 72
    Most likely, only fans of the series that have a PSP will be picking this one up.
  36. Diehards will dig the mid-level save feature, and the choice to display these arcade classics in their original aspect ratio(or stretched full-screen)but casual gamers will be eaten alive by this take-no-prisoners series. [July 2006, p.86]
  37. 70
    Almost everything about this anthology speaks of class, care, and quality, and the ability to play several of the series' "missing" chapters should be more than enough for any American Gradius fan to take the plunge.
  38. Just be warned: this game's for the fans, not necessarily someone looking for a quick bus-ride excursion. Gradius has never been easy, and these five selections are no different.
  39. The Gradius Collection will mainly appeal to fans who want to relive those old school memories; I can't see many new gamers being hooked on Gradius, even though it's a fun experience.
  40. Their simplicity is charming and their gameplay addictive. Thank heavens some things don't change. [Oct 2006, p.97]
  41. So yes, it's yet another old-school shooter for PSP then, but if you prefer a sterner challenge to what's currently on offer, Gradius Collection could well be just the job.
  42. Gradius Collection should be rated M--not because it's violent.....or because it has nudity. Really, the reason it should have that rating stems from the amount of profanity that will spew from your mouth and the possible injuries incurred from slamming your PSP into a brick wall. [June 2006, p.101]
  43. If you love slow, old-fashioned gameplay, you'll be in heaven here. [Oct 2006, p.84]
  44. Twenty years ago, it would have been worth forty bucks. But today, it’s just another obsolete space ship, grounded in favor of better, faster rockets.
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  1. PieterHulshoff
    Jun 30, 2008
    9
    5 great Gradius games looking very crispy on the PSP screen. Plenty of settings to help make the game a little easier should it be too5 great Gradius games looking very crispy on the PSP screen. Plenty of settings to help make the game a little easier should it be too complicated. I've always been a Gradius fan (never knew it was pronounced graDIus though), and this collection is marvelous for the fans. It comes with a very decent pricetag too. Full Review »
  2. MarcD.
    Jun 28, 2006
    8
    I enjoy this game because it's pick-up-and-play, and you get to shoot stuff! No complicated RTSs or RPGs, adventures or survival I enjoy this game because it's pick-up-and-play, and you get to shoot stuff! No complicated RTSs or RPGs, adventures or survival horrors. Just shooting. I like! Full Review »