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  • Summary: The fight for freedom continues in Super Contra! The alien menace, Red Falcon, has fought back and it's up to Lance and Bill to stop them. Play multiplayer over Xbox Live with upgraded graphics and sound. Do you have what it takes to save the world again? Enjoy the authentic original gameplay of the arcade classic. Super Contra features two player co-op gameplay, just like the original. Play co-op on the same console or on Xbox LIVE. Communicate with your buddy by voice using the Xbox 360 headset. Xbox LIVE Leaderboard statistics are kept for Arcade (single player—high score, all time and weekly) and Xbox LIVE co-op (high score—all time and weekly). Score 12 achievements worth 200 gamer points with a range of simple, challenging, and hard achievements. [Microsoft] Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. It's got all of the classic gameplay of its predecessor, and most of the graphics are terrific. Couple this with some excellent music, and you definitely have a winner. Unfortunately, the incredibly high level of difficulty is going to turn off almost everyone except the most hardcore of gamers.
  2. It’s extremely challenging and demanding, so those looking for a more casual shooter might be best served going for another game. Additionally, the lightweight “enhanced” graphics and audio don’t bring the game as far into the next-gen era as some XBLA titles have done.
  3. Super Contra's blistering level of difficulty makes it best suited for those looking for an exceptionally punishing arcade run-and-gun experience.
  4. Super Contra should only be downloaded by the most experience arcade players. Its difficulty will make the learning curve too high for novice players giving it a run-through for the first time.
  5. Insanely hard. [Issue#24, p.101]
  6. 57
    From ugly borders and out of place visual effects to choppy net code, it's clear that a lot more work could have gone into this title.
  7. Super Contra might appeal to the extreme hardcore retro apologists out there with oceanic reserves of patience and superhuman skills. It's certainly a challenge, and if that sounds like you, go for it. But if you're a mere mortal and squeal when the going gets tough, then the chances are you'll agree that the sequel is just too damn bloody minded by design to warrant much attention 19 years on.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Dec 8, 2010
    An absolute joke of a release and waste of money regardless the price. Shamelessly crapped out as a quick money grab during the XBLA's infancy this game does nothing to truly enhance or refine the original arcade release, such as including widescreen support, improve the graphics (the "enhanced" mode actually just makes things difficult to see), update the god-awful controls or provide any extended stages. There are a million things to nitpick, such as the delay when aiming, short range of fire during top-down stages and an inability to differentiate weapon drops, but I'd only be wasting my time. In short, if you're looking for great Contra action stick to the classic NES versions of Contra and Super C, Contra 3 Alien Wars on the SNES or the more recent Contra 4 on Nintendo DS and be sure to avoid this putrid XBLA arcade port at all costs. Expand

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