• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Oct 22, 2002
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

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  • Summary: All of the legendary action and adrenaline of the famed Contra series comes to the PS2. Massive, screen-filling boss characters, a Contra series staple, do everything they can to keep players from proceeding through the multiple action-packed missions, while environmental threats such asAll of the legendary action and adrenaline of the famed Contra series comes to the PS2. Massive, screen-filling boss characters, a Contra series staple, do everything they can to keep players from proceeding through the multiple action-packed missions, while environmental threats such as swarms of bugs, aggressive enemies and alien encounters keep players on their toes. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 90
    Its combination of old-school shooter gameplay and high-end graphics makes it a blast to play.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    87
    Old school in every possible way. [Jan 2003, p.173]
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Delightfully preposterous H.R. Giger carnage. [22 Nov 2002, p.85]
  4. No matter how many times you die in the same place, no matter how frustrated you get, it has that magical power to make you snatch that controller back and soldier on.
  5. A mind-bendingly tough game that you simply cannot put down.
  6. I'm sure that I'll have the urge to beat it again in a year, and then again in five years. But aside from playing the co-op multiplayer mode, it'd be tough to get me to come back any more frequently than that.
  7. Anybody who remembers the good old days of Contra should steer clear of Shattered Soldier, unless you have some sort of sadistic urge to lay waste to your senses and pollute your fond recollections of this once proud series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. SuperContraDude
    Mar 7, 2003
    10
    Kick ass contra game, its up there with the series of contra games.
  2. SamuelV.
    Jan 9, 2003
    10
    Hey-this is da'best game of konami (Contra) run n' gun is back -this game is awesome -"da'classic"
  3. JimmiA.
    Jun 4, 2005
    8
    Very good old fashioned shoot´n up. Hard pump action in old school way.
  4. Aug 18, 2019
    7
    Why didn't I know about this game until now??

    Yeah, it's definitely Contra... mostly. Where else could you do multiple flips while firing
    Why didn't I know about this game until now??

    Yeah, it's definitely Contra... mostly. Where else could you do multiple flips while firing straight ahead? It's very "pick up n play," the action is excellent and there is more shooting control than ever. The graphics are beautiful since most of it is 2-D side-scrolling.

    On the minus side, you may or may not love the absence of traditional upgrades. No more spread shot for you. The new weapon system isn't bad, but it's not quite Contra-y enough. Also, it's a little too light on non-mini-boss action... it could have used more running and gunning.

    Overall, it's a fun action side-scroller on its own, but for Contra fans, it's equal parts "hey I remember this!" and "this feels kinda weird."
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  5. TarikT.
    Nov 10, 2002
    2
    Games need change, this is what Contra Shattered Soldier is missing.
  6. ImranK.
    Dec 24, 2002
    1
    I rate this a one just because I was a huge fan of the Contra series. The graphics stay true to the original but this game is so tough it is I rate this a one just because I was a huge fan of the Contra series. The graphics stay true to the original but this game is so tough it is like eating a bowl full of leather with gravel as granola. No save progress feature and two player is just as hard. What a let down!!! Expand
  7. PeterD.
    Nov 1, 2002
    0
    Maybe Im so angry because I had I expectations for this game, but I was truly disapointed with everything about it. They took the original Maybe Im so angry because I had I expectations for this game, but I was truly disapointed with everything about it. They took the original and upgraded nothing or at least what they did upgrade made it worse.The game should never sell for 50 dollars but Konami knows it will because of the name they slapped on it. Save 40 dollars and buy the original for 10. YOU WILL HAVE MORE FUN THAN THIS DISAPPOINTING GARBAGE!!!! Expand

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