Critic & User Reviews
Almost perfect hand held Contra game
posted by megumegu (Lakewood, WA) Nov 29, 2007
Member since Dec 2003
6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Contra is Back
posted by Lizard (COLUMBIA, SC) Feb 15, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
- This game is every bit old school contra. In fact a lot of the level design pays tribute to the old ones such as Contra, Super C and Alien Wars on the SNES.
- Game is packed with extras. From a challenge mode to box art and even the original Contra and Super C for the NES. Every contra fan can appreciate that.
- The graphics are very stylized and fit well into the contra universe. Also the game works very well with the duel screens.
- The laser is actually useful.
- The game is seriously challenging. It is no pushover.
- Game is HARD. While a challenge is a nice thing, sometimes it can be overwhelming even on the normal difficulty
- Sometimes it can be easy to loose track of enemy fire when it passes from the top to the bottom (or vise versa ) screens.
- Sometimes you just don't have a way to prevent yourself from dying. Gunfire can sometimes trap you.
- Your directional fire is very limited, can be hard to hit enemies sometimes.
Really contra is a love or hate game. It is very tough and casual players probably wont get much out of it. But if your a contra fan there is no reason you should not have this for your DS. It is that simple. I definately suggest a rental
posted by Boothanew (HOUSTON, TX) Jul 1, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Contra 4 Review
posted by Katerpilet (AKRON, OH) Dec 24, 2007
Member since Nov 2007
4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
Once upon a time there was a boy who decided to rent Contra 4 from GameFly to review for the magazine he worked for. Upon getting it, he was eager to try this legendary game. He had heard how tough this game was, but thought it couldn't possibly be as hard as Trauma Center. "I'll start on easy then work my way up, I'll fly through easy in an hour or two," he thought. Well, that hour turned into two hours and the first level was finally beaten. "Holy mother fing sit" he said. "This game is tough." For a week this boy battled through easy, experiencing the thrilling feeling of blasting aliens. 20 hours total, and no win, and he needed to send the game back to get all the reviews done. So yes, there you have it, this boy only got to the last level of Easy mode and decided to review it. That boy, as many of you have probably guessed by now, is me.
Contra 4 is without a doubt the absolute toughest game on the DS. If you like repeating levels, mastering controls, and slowly becoming a true contra (contra is german for super soldier or something..) then this game is for you. Contra 4 revolves around an alien threat once again coming back to Earth. As four heroes, and more unlockable ones, you battle through the game, all the same besides their sprite. It's a run and gun, common back in the NES days, heck this is so retro its in. It throws in some surprise though. Unlike most types of these games, it changes it up a bit. In some levels, you will have a true third person shooter like element. What really is different is the guns. Upgrades are received to the gun to help you beat the aliens faster. You also have a different amount of life depending on difficulty. So, as you advance in toughness, not only does the game get longer (Easy has less levels than Normal and Hard modes), the lives get more limited and the weapon upgrades get weaker. This is one great game.
For the full review visit (www)freewebs(com)/nsider- mag in 08.
Good....but not Great.
posted by marvelousv (NIXA, MO) Apr 1, 2008
Member since Nov 2007
2 out of 5 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
Single hit kills, level restarts and limited continues hampered the experience. Video games have evolved to the point where I hate having to play the first level over and over and over again. A save feature may not increase play time, but would have increased the fun factor.
worse than the thing!
posted by griffin090 (SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH) Aug 18, 2008
Member since Dec 2006
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
This looks like an 8-bit game
posted by infp76 (SAINT PAUL, MN) Feb 23, 2008
Member since Nov 2007
1 out of 11 gamers (9%) found this review helpful
contra be contraing
posted by boygamer (SOUTH BEND, IN) Nov 4, 2014
Member since Jul 2013
Somewhat Contra but not NES Contra
posted by Zeldax73 (LITTLE FALLS, MN) Mar 28, 2011
Member since Dec 2002
Also where is the code for up,up,down.down.left,right left,right B-A Start? that code gave you 100 lives! If it is in this game I would like to know how to do it seriously lol. Also they should've left the original Contra in this game come on Konami! Lame.. So I give this game an 8 out of 10!
the first contra game i have played
posted by thejoker (ALEXANDRIA, VA) Jul 26, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
Good game. But...
posted by rader8r (YERINGTON, NV) Jun 26, 2008
Member since May 2006
Insane Difficulty + Big Guns = Contra 4
posted by Squabbler (WEST ISLIP, NY) Jun 16, 2008
Member since Jan 2006
This game is not for those people who get angry when they throw an interception in Madden or lose a race in Mario Kart. This game will make you pay for not being fast enough or hesitating at any given time.
Contra 4 doesn't look gorgeous but it isn't a bad looking game either. The explosions are fun to watch (don't watch for too long or you'll be dead)and the environments are varied. The real fun is in the gameplay.
Difficult has been the operative word to describe Contra 4 and with good reason. This game is beyond difficult. Be prepared for many restarts and do-overs.
To give an example, you'll feel so close to the end of a level at one point and still have six lives...great! Well within fifteen minutes those lives are gone and you need to restart all over again.
This game is much like brick breaker, it's fun to play at any given time but takes nearly forever to perfect...good luck.
Fun at First and Boss Fights eeeeeee.......
posted by wordzapper (PLANO, TX) Mar 30, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
Good, if you liked Contra
posted by steve13 (MILLVALE, PA) Mar 25, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
Contra is back
posted by darkcloud9 (LONG BEACH, CA) Mar 4, 2008
Member since Mar 2006
It's Everything You Knew About Contra
posted by CHAIN5AW (PLEASANTON, CA) Feb 6, 2008
Member since Nov 2005
have fun standing on rocket thrusters :p
Contra 4 Review 8/10
posted by Strongy (MARIETTA, GA) Dec 10, 2007
Member since Dec 2007
Gameplay: 9/10 (VERY HARD)
Replay Value: 8/10
Old School is New Again
posted by DocMac100 (NASHVILLE, TN) Dec 6, 2007
Member since Feb 2007