Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 12, 2019
    90
    The uncomplicated, demanding action and the great level architecture make the classic Contras to timeless masterpieces that you can still enjoy today.
  2. 80
    Contra Anniversary Collection offers a selection of games from the Contra series all in one package. There could have been more in here and some titles, although interesting, feel like padding but what is here delivers some of the best run and gun gameplay out there.
  3. Jun 11, 2019
    80
    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.
  4. Jun 12, 2019
    76
    Contra Anniversary Collection may not be the definitive collection of Konami's retro run 'n' gun franchise but what's here still provides top-notch action-packed co-op entertainment. Contra: Rogue Corps couldn't come out soon enough.
  5. Jul 16, 2019
    75
    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…
  6. Jun 18, 2019
    75
    There are no surprises or amazing extras here, but there are some of the best run & gun’s ever made. If this is for you, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this collection.
  7. Jun 24, 2019
    73
    Contra Anniversary Collection is another successful release under Konami’s Anniversary Collection moniker. It brings the old series back to life and reminds us that Konami really loved gaming back in the day. Hopefully, they can get that old feeling back again and reignite some of the other series that lie underneath their control.
  8. Aug 20, 2019
    70
    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.
  9. Jun 26, 2019
    70
    Contra Anniversary Collection is clearly aimed at the nostalgic gamer and regroups all the 2D games. The only drawback is the impossibility to customize the controls with are different among all games.
  10. Jun 17, 2019
    70
    The Contra Anniversary Collection is a pleasant history lesson of the Run and Gun.
  11. Jun 12, 2019
    70
    Great game selection with robust emulation and features, yet lacking in control customisation and bonus content.
  12. Jun 12, 2019
    70
    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.
  13. Jun 17, 2019
    68
    Contra Anniversary Collection offers a decent selection of classic episodes, even though there are several alternative versions of the same games.
  14. Jun 14, 2019
    65
    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.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. Jun 15, 2019
    0
    An absolute horrible and lazy port. First of all, no online play? Really? Second, WHY did we get the arcade versions of contra? Easily theAn 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. Get a good game like the crash team racing remake.
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