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Gradius series

Group Description

Gradius is a series of futuristic scrolling shoot-'em-ups which take place in outer space. One of the hallmarks of this series is the power meter. The power meter is typically a bar that highlights selectable options (weapons, shields, etc.) as power-ups are collected. The more power-ups collected, the more powers that are selectable. Players can hold off selecting a power until the one they want becomes available. If a power is selected again for a second or third time, it becomes even more effective. This meter allows the player to customize their spaceships powers to a degree.

While not a part of the official Gradius canon, the arcade game Scramble is considered a precursor for this series.

Selected Covers

Life Force NES Front Cover
Front cover for Life Force
Gradius NES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius
Gradius III and IV PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius III and IV
Gradius III SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius III

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Life Force
Title Screen (1)
Screenshot from Gradius
Title screen.
Screenshot from Gradius III
Screenshot from Gradius II