So, for fans on the Contra series or the run ‘n’ gun genre, Contra Anniversary Collection is a must-have. A lot of its games might feel overly similar to one another, but for its budget price you’d have to be a bit of a scrooge to hold it against it.
A compilation of the first four Contra games in their various incarnations including arcade, NES, Super NES, Megadrive and Gameboy as well as the Japanese versions of same. Essential for any Contra fan and a great compilation that includes the two best run & gunners ever: Probotector and Super Probotector: Alien Rebels.
This is a solid collection of classic Contra games. It features the arcade, home console and Japanese versions of Contra, Super C, Alien Wars and Hard Corps. The Game Boy's Operation C is also included. Each title is old-school tough, so it's helpful that they have their own save slot. You can change display options, borders, difficulty levels and the fire rate. Fans will also enjoy the 74 page behind-the-scenes e-book. Overall, I would rate this with an 8.2 out of 10.
While the Contra Anniversary Collection doesn’t have the same breadth of content featured in its gothic counterpart, fans of the franchise or anyone interested in some old-school videogamin’ with a capital V will find a lot to like here for $20. The people at M2 know what they’re doing when it comes to retro emulation, and they have delivered another worthwhile compilation. With these two collections and the recent announcements of both the TurboGrafx 16 Mini and Contra: Rogue Corps, perhaps there is hope for Konami yet…
Contra Anniversary Collection is a package that includes ten selected classic titles from the Contra franchise, part of Konami's "Anniversary Collection" series. It has an extremely fast gameplay, suitable for nostalgic players.
Contra Anniversary Collection is a pleasant shoot down memory lane, but the duplicate games are frustrating additions, taking up slots that could’ve been filled by more unique titles. As is, half of the roster are repeats, and that’s a bit of a shame. Compared to the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, which offered eight distinctive experiences that epitomised the early years of the series, it’s a disappointing line up, especially considering the absence of the underrated, long-awaited Nintendo DS sequel; Contra 4. However, these are very good games and it remains enjoyable to explore the history of such an iconic series and compare the tweaks to each version, whether graphical or story based. The games that we are given are all (mostly) stellar retro shooters and it’s cool to have them easily accessible in one place. If you haven’t experienced the Contra series before, then this isn’t a bad pl ace to report for duty.
Contra Anniversary Collection offers a series of run and guns of undisputed historical value in a package that honestly could have offered so much more. Contra III: The Alien War and Hard Corps remain as beautiful as the sun, and the two arcade games still offer a steep but extremely rewarding challenge, however the superfluous presence of the Probotectors can only appear as a waste of space in the eyes of the true fans.
Well, since Contra Rogue Corps was all kinds of terrible, it’s nice to see at least one positive piece of Contra representation in the modern day. The Contra Anniversary Collection is a compilation of some of the most intense, difficult, and manly as hell 2D action games you can play. There are 10 games included, about half of which are the Japanese versions of these releases. It’s structured exactly the same as the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, layout and all. All the games run as well as you’d expect, though still keeping the same level of slowdown that each of the games have to endure. The addition of save states does help to alleviate a lot of the frustration that comes with Contra, especially if you plan on playing the North American and European releases of some of these games. Games like Contra III and Hard Corps are absolutely maddening in their English releases, but the Japanese versions still offer cheat codes to make the journey a whole lot more bearable. If you really want some hair on your chest, though, then go for English versions. There are also noticeable titles missing like Legacy of War, **** Soldier and Neo Contra. In spite of the quality of some of those games, it would have been nice to see them get included. Maybe in a second Anniversary Collection, I dunno. The default control settings are also incredibly awkward, and trying to figure out which buttons do what to activate cheat codes can be a huge pain. Once you get that settled and have a buddy to join you, though, it’s well worth it. These games are still fun and butt clenching to this very day. If you were ever thinking of getting into the series this is easily the most accessible way of playing these games on modern platforms.
An absolute horrible and lazy port. First of all, no online play? Really? Second, WHY did we get the arcade versions of contra? Easily the worst versions of contra by far. Hit detection is all messed up, the jumping is awkward and clunky, bullets don't go where you want them to when aiming in all 8 directions, etc. This collection is ALSO really just 3 games with different regional ports for each one. It may SEEM like a good deal because you're getting "10 games" when really you only get 3 games and different regional ports which add literally NOTHING to the other versions, just your main characters are robots and not humans. The only good thing about this is that it has contra 3, and a digital scrapbook that's annoying to navigate. Very disappointed in this konami, I'm glad I'm getting a refund.
Don't buy. Save your money.
SummaryThe Contra Anniversary Collection brings this classic Run and Gun franchise back to modern platforms and a new generation of players. Grab power ups and blast your way through waves of menacing enemies and bosses that will put your reaction skills to the test.