this game was decent. it was fun gameplay, almost identical to metal slug. however the game is ruined by the fact that it does not have the ability to save. and in addition it is very diffocult. the first one time i played it i only got to level 3, then i had to restart it all over again and i got to level 5. at this point i did not want to do levels 1 2 or 3 again so i had no choice but to turn the game in. I was severely disapointed, if you have played contra before you probably knew this but i guess im a newbie and i was unwarned. Beware of the monotony of redoing levels before you buy this game!
It played a little weird for me. I guess it has just been a while since I have played a side scroller, but the controls were very responsive, although I kept having a hard time shooting down.. but overall a very enjoyable game.
Contra 4 will make you throw your DS, punch your walls, kick your dog, and bring a smile to your face all at once. 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.