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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The Red Falcon organization is plotting to conquer the Earth and two commandos, Lance and Bill, must infiltrate their base. Travel through eight stages in the jungle armed with a machine gun and the ability to capture upgraded weapons including a Fireball, Laser, Rapid Fire gun and a Spread Gun. Lance and Bill are all that stand in the way of Red Falcon and their plans for global domination. [Konami] Expand
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  1. It's gone slightly crusty and yellowed with age but the sheer difficulty ensures this remains as addictive a challenge as ever before. [Issue 14, p.116]
  2. Of all of Konami's retro games, this is the best. Contra is manically tough, and even Live co-op play doesn't make it that much easier. If you can get to the end without continuing then we'll salute you as a hero.
  3. The graphic design seems a bit smoother than you might remember it from back in the day, no doubt due to whatever tweaks Konami has done to it for the Xbox 360.
  4. Contra deserves more than one play-through, but the bugs make it one of Xbox Live Arcade's black sheep. Hopefully, Konami will pull out all the stops for a version of "Super Contra."
  5. 60
    As far as achievements go, the list is fairly well balanced and is everything from beating Level 1 with no extra weapons to beating the whole game (which is where that code comes in).
  6. The co-op mode has the potential to give the game a decent replay value if they ever get around to patching it, but for now you'll have to stick with the challenging eight levels that will make for a decent arcade gaming experience.
  7. This Xbox Live Arcade port of Contra is the perfect example of how you can screw up a classic arcade game. You may still have a good time going through this action game, but if you're the type of person that fell in love with the NES version you will be sorely disappointed.

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  1. DarrenD.
    Oct 1, 2007
    Definatley not the NES version but a great arcade title none the less. This is what old school shooters were like.....Hard.
  2. Sep 29, 2012
    This port sucks. Konami ported the wrong version, it was the Nintendo version, with the classic soundtrack and graphics that made Contra such a acclaimed game. The controls are bad and you can't remap them. Expand
  3. ImtiazB.
    Nov 26, 2006
    I hated contra (Arcade version), if it was NES version, I would have rated a 10.