Gradius Collection PSP

  • 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
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 72
    Most likely, only fans of the series that have a PSP will be picking this one up.
  5. PSM Magazine
    70
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Their simplicity is charming and their gameplay addictive. Thank heavens some things don't change. [Oct 2006, p.97]
  10. 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.
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    50
    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]
  12. Games Master UK
    50
    If you love slow, old-fashioned gameplay, you'll be in heaven here. [Oct 2006, p.84]

Awards & Rankings

33
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#90 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
77
#77 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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 »