Hello dtoid people!
Today's blog is about my feelings on Konami's Gradius Collection
for PSP. Several weekends ago I went for a ltttle trip to visit my grandparents in Kitchener, Ontario. By the end of the weekend I had played through all 5 games in the collection and was feeling qute satisfied with my hardcoreness. For your enjoyment I have summarized my thoughts on each game in the collection!
The first game in the series establises all the Gradius mainstays; the volcano's, the Easter Island heads, the giant spaceship boss battles, the fight through the enemy mothership, and the final battle against the defenseless evil commader. Although this is a very strong start for the series, the lack of variation in boss battles prevent the game from being quite as memorable as its sequels.
1) Gradius II:
My favourite game in the series, the difficulty is perfect, the length is just right, and the boss battles are amazing (includng an epic fight against 7 bosses in row). Highly reccomended!
1) Gradius III:
This was the first entry to include polygonal graphics, unfortuntely they look a little bit lacklustre compared to todays expectatons. This was the one game I almost couldn't finish. There is a sequence two thirds of the way through involvng ice blocks which is basically game-breaking (unless you cheat a little). Also, the ending of the game involves a scene were you must escape from the exploding mothership (spoilers!) which was so frustating it made me contemplate suicide (nearly).
1) Gradius IV:
A very solid entry in the series, the graphics are fantastic and the boss battles are suitably badass. My only issue with the game is that it sticks so closely to the Gradius framework that for a fourth entry in a series it is somewhat unmemorable. This game also contains my favourite variation of the evil mastermind.
1) Gradius Gaiden:
Although I was pretty burnt-out on Gradius by the time I played this little gem, its updated visuals and refined gameplay really wowed me. The first level features such a beautiful snow landscape that it makes the game my second favourite overall. There is also a huge amount of customization in terms of which ship and what weapons options you'd like to start with.
Anyways, the Gradius Collection
is an awesome little compilation if you are into horizontal shmups (especially for the 12$ it cost me on ebay). The only criticism I had was that the later games suffer from a bit of slowdown, but in the case of Gradius III
this actually makes some of the tough segments playable. I look forward to being abe to finally play Gradius V
one day. Peace! read