Thunder Force V

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  • Summary: Easily as good as Raystorm or G-Darius and tough competition for Einhander, Thunder Force V is a shooting fan's dream.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 85
    An extremely solid representative of the shooter genre, although it certainly doesn't deliver anything you haven't experienced countless times before. Innovation-wise it gets a below average score, but in terms of enjoyment it's a winner. It's fun, it's furious, and it's highly recommended.
  2. Easily as good as "Raystorm" or "G-Darius" and tough competition for "Einhander", Thunder Force V is a shooting fan's dream
  3. A good game in a genre that may have one foot in the grave. It isn't the most exciting, nor best shooter on the PlayStation but it does have some entertaining areas that might be enough to arise interest.
  4. PSM Magazine
    Definitely for the hard-core shooting fan, as most will find it very difficult. No matter how futile it can seem, though, Thunder Force V is a solid, fun game that never makes you feel like you're wasting your time playing it. [Oct 1998]
  5. Game Informer
    Thunderforce's control is perfect; it is neither too sensitive, nor too sluggish. Plus, the player can adjust the speed at anytime. Trust us, without a perfect speed, Thunderforce V is nearly impossible. [Sept 1998]
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Suffers a bit in comparison to other recent releases in the genre, but is redeemed to a large extent by its excellent control and playability. [Oct 1998]
  7. GamePro
    The highly-detailed graphics create a cluttered screen, making it difficult to locate potential threats, so your success relies more on memorization than skill. [Oct 1998]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Savio
    Oct 21, 2005
    Simply the best side style shoot 'em up ever.
  2. RogerB.
    Jun 16, 2005
    Far, far, far better than Einhander which is soporific and far better G-Darius. TFV is unique and probably the best shoot on PS.
  3. JL
    Oct 25, 2005
    Great game!!! Holds well against time, even in 2005!!!
  4. Oct 5, 2019
    Among the best shmups on PS1. The music created by Hyakutaro Tsukumo plays a lot.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1998
#15 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1998