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Gradius V (PS2)

by Konami
 Ages 3 and Over
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Spectacular 3D graphics
  • New Option Controls feature adds depth and gameplay
  • 7 expansive levels of exciting shooting action
  • Classic Gradius action with new features and inspired level design
  • For 1 player
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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0000A1P5U
  • Release Date: 8 Oct 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,546 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

Continuing Konami's longest-running shooting franchise, the latest instalment in the Gradius series features the classic action gameplay with all new features, including new option controls, original level designs, new weapons, captivating missions and dazzling next-generation graphics. Featuring the return of the Vic Viper and the series' classic side-scrolling blasting action, Gradius V offers players access to 12 upgradeable power-ups including the new Option Bomb and Option Stock to heighten power and gameplay. In addition, the new Option Controls feature and beautifully designed levels create new challenges and obstacles for gamers to blast through seven intense stages of classic arcade-style action.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The KING of side scrolling shoot em ups!!! 1 Aug 2004
I have got this game on import and it is SUPERB!!
There have been loads of great shootem ups on the PS2 (some which have not made it to our shores) and in my opinion this is probably the best one yet!
It takes all the great gameplay from the previous games and throws in some truely outstanding graphics and sound to produce the complete gaming experience.
Anyone who has played Nemesis, Salamander or any of the previous Gradius (as they have all been known in Japan) games, will be instantly at home with the weapon choice system and the way the game plays in general. Gradius V has not set out to be original, what Konami (and Treasure) have done is set out to make the ultimate side scrolling shoot em up experience. This is pretty much what they have achieved.
This is not an easy game and most people will find this game very challenging on Normal level but it does have that addictive quality that will keep you coming back for more!
Buy this game either on import now, or in September when the game gets it's PAL release!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gradius. If you don't know the series: Google is your friend. The Gradius (Nemesis in Europe), and their Parodius parody series has always been fighting with the R-Type series for the crown of shoot-em-ups. I have always preferred Gradius, but that's personal I guess. :)
Gradius V, after having been delayed several times, finally came into my possession a few days after its release in Europe, and it was worth the wait. This game is simply the best shoot-em-up available to date. Take the typical Gradius playing style, and add beautiful 3D graphics (the game is still in 2D though), some very nice music, and a two player mode (both ships flying at the same time), and this game simply couldn't be better. They've decreased the hit area to a small part of a ship, so no more feeling you've been cheated when you die: trust me, you've been hit this time!
As you play the game you unlock more credits to play with, until finally you receive unlimited credits. Combined with the "continue where you die" feature this Gradius packs, and the ability to pick up your options (again, Google if you're not familiar with the typical Gradius terminology) when you die, and the game should be finishable for players of every skill. Luckily I didn't need more than 5, though I've been completely outclassed by several players that have managed to play through all levels of this game several times without using more than a single credit. I'd say the game is just slightly less difficult than Gradius IV.
If you like shoot-em-ups, then get this game. For the moment, it just doesn't get better than this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old skool cool. 4 Jun 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game as Im a fan of old 2d shooters, especially ones that have been given a modern remake, and this game didn't dissapoint.

I really like these sort of games, where you control one tiny ship in a screen filled with enemy bullets, trying to fight a whole armarda on your own. These sorts of game have that pick up and play feeling that is lost in so many of todays games that require a 10 hour+ sit down to get anywhere through them.

The graphics are lovely, with some really impressive 3d backdrops, huge enemys and vibrant colours. The sound is what you'd expect from Konami with some awesome Japanese techno that suits the games hectic pace perfectly, as well as some great sound effects for gunfire, explosions and the like. The game itself is on the difficult side of hard, but persevere with it as it will reward you for your efforts with an extra continue for each hour of play making it that little bit easier with each go. There is a two player co-op option included as well so you and a friend can blast through space together. Surprizingly the story is quite good too, and although not that important in a game like this it is nice to see the effort put in just the same.

Overal I would recommend Gradius V to any self respecting shoot-em-up fan who isn't afraid of a challenge. Its easy to get into but hard to finish so it will hold your attention for some time. I just wish they made more of these sort of games today that you can buy boxed rather than download. Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shmup perfection! 24 Jan 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you're into shmups - and can live with the difficulty that Gradius games tend to deliver, then I think you'll find Gradius V outstanding. It's very polished product, gorgeous to look at with unforgiving gameplay. Each level brings a brand new environment to the table - and the bosses are just incredible.
Previous Gradius annoyances, such as your ships starting speed being ludicrously slow or losing all your multiples upon death have been addressed, meaning this aspect is a lot less frustrating than in its predecessors.
The game has so many 'stand-out' moments, personally for me it's coming across the stage 2 'fake boss' for the first time, only to discover that following it are not one, not two, not three, but FOUR(!) 'real' end of stage bosses. LOL. It also works fine on my first wave UK 60GB PS3.
The best shooter on the PS2, bar none.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 28 Jun 2013
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Developed by Treasure and G.Rev. That says it all for a fan of the shmup genre. It has almost an Ikaruga feel to the game while still staying true to the Gradius name.
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