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Hands-on: Contra 4


Contra 4 is, for better or worse, a new Contra game. It looks and plays just like Contra games before it: it's classic 2D side-scrolling action gameplay, with a notoriously difficult 1-hit KO system. Of course, would Contra fans have it any other way?

Those worried that the Nintendo DS would not provide the hardware capable of offering a decent looking Contra can rest their fears: the sprites are fairly impressive, with a good amount of detail and animation. The game's action takes place over both the top and bottom screens on the DS, but it seems like interaction with the top screen is fairly minimal at this point. That's a good thing: if too many things were firing from the top, the player would certainly be at a serious disadvantage. The game promises a lot of vertical platforming, which certainly sounds exciting to us. The new grappling hook helps players get to higher areas faster ... but didn't seem too consequential to gameplay. Maybe they can take a few pages from Bionic Commando?

The legions of Contra fans have a lot to be excited about, but for everyone else, there isn't much new to appreciate about this DS-exclusive sequel. We're sure that it'll be a good game, but without any noteworthy gameplay additions to the game, we can't say that we're too heavily excited for it.

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Trogdor1

7-14-2007 @ 7:08PM

Trogdor said...

Who really cares if it isn't anything new? It's a good looking portable Contra! What more do you need?

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Kefka2

7-14-2007 @ 9:28PM

Kefka said...

This article made me lol...

"Those worried that the Nintendo DS would not provide the hardware capable of offering a decent looking Contra"

WTF? We're talking about a series of games that hit its peak in the early 90s! I should bloody well hope the DS has the hardware to match that. Looking at the graphics, they've either deliberately kept them "retro", or the DS is a lot more limited than I thought.

"we can't say that we're too heavily excited for it."
http://www.dsfanboy.com/tag/contra4

Lulz.

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JC Fletcher3

7-14-2007 @ 10:37PM

JC Fletcher said...

"The legions of Contra fans have a lot to be excited about, but for everyone else, there isn't much new to appreciate about this DS-exclusive sequel."

In other words, this game is for SANE, REASONABLE PEOPLE.

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JonnyBoy2U4

7-14-2007 @ 11:43PM

JonnyBoy2U said...

I'm LMAO at all the comments above....

Joystiq proves once again how unreasonable their expectations of Nintendo are.

And rational human being would know that any game on the DS would be far better than something that came out for the SNES back in the 90's. On top of that what MORE do you want for a type of game like Contra? NOT every single new game has to have a barrage of new features. Cuz whenever companies try to do that they more times than not end up adding idiotic and random bullshit that is not needed.

So I'm glad not much is changing and not much is being added. I'll gladly buy a DS for Contra 4 provided its a decent looking game with a decent story.

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Kefka5

7-15-2007 @ 6:03AM

Kefka said...

@ JonnyBoy2U

Wait, you're taking the STORY of a Contra game into account as one of your two main buying points?

Rofl.

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Auston6

7-15-2007 @ 1:58PM

Auston said...

"I'm sure that it'll be a good game, but without any noteworthy gameplay additions to the game, I can't say that I'm too heavily excited for it."

Fixed.

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exolstice7

7-16-2007 @ 7:13AM

exolstice said...

If it's as impossibly hard as the original games I think I'll pass.

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