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Gradius V (PlayStation 2)

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Long ago, the Gradius army destroyed an evil life form that was threatening the galaxy. But somehow some of the Bacterian cells survived, and a new army has appeared ready to take over the galaxy! The Gradius forces have developed a super spatial-temporal fighter (called the Vic Viper) which you must pilot in order to destroy all of the enemies. The gameplay in Gradius V is an arcade style shooter and is very similar to the other games in the series. You need to guide the Vic Viper through a series of side scrolling screens and destroy the many enemies that appear (including several very large bosses). Although you begin the game with very limited firepower, additional weapons can be acquired. After destroying certain enemies, a power up capsule is left behind; collecting these will advance the weapon selector. When the weapon you want is selected after collecting enough capsules, you can activate it to equip the Vic Viper with that weapon. Your choices are speed up, missiles, double fire, lasers, multiples (these circle the Vic Viper providing additional firepower), and force fields. As you progress through the game, short animated cut scenes will reveal the story, and the enemies become tougher and more numerous. The game is somewhat customizable, allowing you to set the controls, difficulty level, and number of lives you begin with.


Gradius V PlayStation 2 Shoot the eye to destroy this thing
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Being chased by laser fire!
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Whoa, lots and lots of bullets to dodge
Gradius V PlayStation 2 A brief cut scene provides you some rest before beginning the next level

Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙巡航机V" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "グラディウスV" -- Japanese katakana spelling

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The Press Says

HonestGamers Feb 13, 2005 10 out of 10 100 Oct 21, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamereactor (Sweden) Nov 03, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GamersMark Sep 19, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
G4 TV: X-Play Apr 10, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Shark Nov 15, 2004 B 75 Sep 23, 2004 73 out of 100 73
Netjak Jan 08, 2005 6.8 out of 10 68
HonestGamers Feb 12, 2005 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Dec 01, 2004 C- 42


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  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #6 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2004 - PS2 Shooter of the Year

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Servo (55896) added Gradius V (PlayStation 2) on Oct 28, 2004