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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Jul 11, 2019
    90
    Blazing Chrome is a great throwback to games such as Contra; simple run-and-guns with swarms of enemies, awesome boss fights, special weapons, and a great soundtrack to go with it. With fluid controls, multiple difficulties, and a stage select so you can pick which stage to tackle in any order, Blazing Chrome is definitely worth picking up if you’re into Contra-style games.
  2. Aug 6, 2019
    85
    I loved my time with this game and it being offered on Game Pass for Xbox owners only sweetens the deal. Even still Switch and PS4 owners should not hesitate. For $20 this is one nostalgia trip worth taking, even for those that didn’t necessarily grow up with the games it attempts to mimic. A good game is still a good game regardless of generation.
  3. Jul 12, 2019
    85
    Blazing Chrome absolutely nails the game and feel of school run & gun games like Contra and Metal Slug. If you like this genre, it’s a game you cannot miss.
  4. Jul 11, 2019
    85
    With Blazing Chrome you kind of get what you get: it's an hour and change shooter that pays extreme homage to the Contra series.
  5. Jul 11, 2019
    82
    A brilliant modern retro game, bringing back Contra´s legacy with grace and skill. Although it adheres to the well-known formula maybe too much, this game is a must for any retro-oriented gamer out there no matter the challenge required.
  6. Jan 2, 2020
    80
    The set pieces are thrilling, and the music fits brilliantly at driving the gameplay, one example being the energetic tune for Mission 5's snow bike chase. There's even an out of the blue 3D scaling section in Mission 4, which feels like playing Space Harrier in a tunnel. The genre demands epic boss battles and Blazing Chrome delivers, as the final sixth mission stands out as one big, fantastically designed boss level.
  7. Jul 14, 2019
    80
    Blazing Chrome doesn't try to be anything more than a classic run-and-gun and thus easily exceeds expectations, although the length does leave something to be desired.
  8. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    Blazing Chrome is a top-of-the-line appetizer to what could be a masterpiece of a five-course meal.
  9. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    Packing retro aesthetics and just the right amount of challenge, Blazing Chrome is the best run-and-gun in years. Though it is a bit on the short side, it perfectly encapsulates the pure kinetic energy that put the genre on the map.
  10. Jul 11, 2019
    73
    Blazing Chrome is an authentic retro run 'n' gun experience that'll surely satisfy genre fans. That being said, there are many frustrating moments that are difficult to overlook and the amount of content is a little thin, too.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 27, 2019
    70
    There’s very little in the way of modernity here but played solo or in co-op Blazing Chrome manages to faithfully ape the classics of yesteryear. Just don’t expect anything new. [Issue#166, p.92]
  12. Jul 11, 2019
    70
    If you’re into your classic shooters and don’t mind a few cheap deaths along the way, Blazing Chrome is a pulse-pounding thrillride that wears its influences proudly on its sleeve.
  13. 70
    Blazing Chrome does a really good impression of a Contra game but 32 years later, Contra is still king and that probably says as much about the granddaddy of run and gun games as it does about this very capable, but not quite as good, upstart. It will definitely have its fans though.
  14. Jul 11, 2019
    70
    Blazing Chrome is an modern take on classic run and gun arcade classics. It’s difficult to ignore the strong influence Contra had on the game’s development, but either because of or in spite of this it’s still a lot of fun to play, especially on co-op. Anyone who wants something new with the classic Contra or Metal Slug style gameplay can’t go wrong with Blazing Chrome, but even though it’s a good time, it doesn’t really bring anything new to the party.
  15. Jul 11, 2019
    70
    None of this is to say that Blazing Chrome is a terrible game. The run-and-gun gameplay felt great, I liked the over-the-top level design, the story was a neat throwback to a time when game stories were simple, and the bosses were memorable. I just wished the game wasn’t so frustrating to get through.
  16. Jul 12, 2019
    65
    Blazing Chrome is a tip of the hat to the likes of Contra and Metal Slug. With its enjoyable action, the title has it shortcomings, mainly the short lifespan and the fact that it doesn't do anything more than the others.
  17. Jul 11, 2019
    50
    Blazing Chrome is so close to achieving what it's sets out to be – a fun retro 2D arcade shooter. There's sadly just too many issues to be overcome by the player to find the fun. If the development team are willing to put additional time into Blazing Chrome with patches and updates, then this could be well worth a punt. As it stands, Blazing Chrome is both too limited and too frustrating to recommend.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. Jul 31, 2021
    8
    Blazing Chrome is the best Contra game since Shattered Soldier. It might not be an official installment, but it's more of a Contra game thanBlazing Chrome is the best Contra game since Shattered Soldier. It might not be an official installment, but it's more of a Contra game than Rogue Corp. Unfortunately, Konami forgot what made the series great. Instead, they made a Borderlands/Diablo twin-stick shooter. However, "Chrome" makes up for that mistake. This feels like a mash up of Alien Wars and Hard Corp. It's a tough-as-nails retro throwback, but is a lot of fun. I'd rate it with an 8 out of 10. Full Review »
  2. Jul 13, 2020
    9
    Excellent game truly bring Contra vibes.. love the graphics.. the game is super hard but a blast to play coop. Ive been playing it on shareExcellent game truly bring Contra vibes.. love the graphics.. the game is super hard but a blast to play coop. Ive been playing it on share play with my buddy... frustrating yet super addictive.. you dont wanna give up.. its that good. Full Review »
  3. Jun 14, 2020
    8
    Unforgiving difficulty from start to finish. The problem is that the difficulty is not even fair, and the curve is so quick that the 1° stageUnforgiving difficulty from start to finish. The problem is that the difficulty is not even fair, and the curve is so quick that the 1° stage will be semi hard and the 2° suddenly will be insanely hard, long and unfair. This is hardest than any Contra game ever made, and that says a lot. From start to finish, your poor character will be oblitarated with no mercy. No matter how good you were in previous run n gun games, you will be destroyed until you learn every single enemy patter of the stage. The game will throw at you a huge ammount of fast enemies and many, many unavoidable bullets. Unless your reflexes are top notch, you will die a lot to the point that it will become too frustrating, and that's if you are a hardcore gamer, cause if you are a casual, say goodbye to your sanity or put it on easy. Despite the crazy difficulty, I found the art design to be just wonderful and the controls are responsive (almost all the time). The problem is that the game will give you no mercy and not even a health bar, so you will die with 1 single shot. There's no way to beat the 2° stage without loosing lives on normal without cheating. Oddly enough, the 3° stage is not even half as hard as the 2° one. Believe me, if you are not hardcore enough you will suffer a lot, unless you don't care about loosing lives (that would be what a casual does) but a hardcore gamer always care for every single life lost. I still love the game, this is what the hardcore gaming community needed, a fresh new Contra styled experience, I wish I could give this a 9/10, but the difficulty is way too high
    8/10
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