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Konami has taken a winning formula and elevated it to new heights, and the result is a fantastic new addition to the DS library.
Game industry News (GiN)
Real Contra is back! That’s all I can say. I don’t know who WayForward are, but they better be responsible for any future Contra titles because they actually made a system known for brain games and Pictochat now accessible to hardcore gamers. That in itself is worth the cost of admission.
Let me state it bluntly: Contra 4 succeeds where similar attempts have failed. It's meant to be a nostalgia trip, in part, but Contra 4 is also a genuine sequel where other nostalgia trips tend to be subpar rehashes. It's been since 1994 (arguably) that we've seen a proper Contra, and the gaming industry has seen a world of change since then. Yet somehow, Contra 4 manages to achieve not just a place alongside the classic Contras, but atop them. You read that right - I feel that Contra 4 is the best game in the series (though I admit to having never played Hard Corps, which is acclaimed as one of the finer titles). Still, any way you slice it, that's some high praise... and Contra 4 deserves it all. An epic main game, great replayability from the new Challenge Mode, wireless co-op, sweet bonus features, AND the two NES Contras included? That's a recipe for success, and Konami and WayForward followed it to the letter. Consider this one an instant classic.
It's not that the new style of game is any less powerful, innovative, or compelling, but Contra 4 takes me back to an age when gaming was stripped down to its essentials and gamers were people that could master impossible virtual beasties and come out on the other end smiling. Luckily we have more than memories; for a few bucks you were going to spend on date-night anyway, you can buy some real entertainment in the form of Contra 4.
Game Informer Magazine
Even in my wildest dreams, I never believed the world would get a Contra sequel this amazing. The fact that this game is called Contra 4 accurately indicates WayForward's intention to ignore every Contra title that's come out since 1992 and focus solely on perfecting the NES and SNES era cocktail. Do not let Contra 4 get lost in the holiday rush.
Contra 4 has become my cartridge of choice for my DS. The game is a lot of fun, even if the challenge level is out of this world. If you’ve been around for all 20 years of Contra, this is a must purchase. Even if you’re new to the series, it’s time for an old-school history lesson. This game is highly recommended.
The Contra series is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and Contra 4 is a gift to the fans. If you're a fan of the series or even if you just like shooters in general, Contra 4 is the game for you. Between all of the bonus modes, two full NES games and an insanely hard main game, Contra 4 will keep even the most hardcore 16-bit gamers busy for a long time. I cannot recommend it enough.
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo)
Its minor blemishes are overshadowed by its wealth of content and fine-tweaked run-'n-gun fun, and action-savvy gamers from the 80's are sure to eat this one up. Contra 4 joins New Super Mario Bros. as a superb nod to the 8-bit roots of modern gaming. Unlike Mario, however, Contra 4's barrier of entry is a steep wall of difficulty. Gamers who stray from frustration had best be cautious, while those who crave the drive to thrive under pressure should take up their rifle and become a one-man army all over again.
Petty criticisms aside, Contra 4 is, without a doubt, the DS's best game. Combining everything gamers loved from past installments and adding new innovations like the grapple hook, you won't want to put it down. Hell, the unlockables are some of the best in any game, ever. This is the sort of game that people will remember 10 or more years from now. It's the very definition of ‘modern classic’.
Contra 4 is an excellent addition to the Contra series and the perfect follow up to Contra III. The designers have bent over backwards to make the game accessible to newcomers, but have not sacrificed anything in doing so. The dual-screens were handled with skill, and the grappling hook is a great addition (being useful even within a single screen, not just as a tool to reach the top). The game is exceptional all around. Even the instruction manual pays homage to the classics and is well worth a peek for the ardent fan. Contra fans should buy this game immediately, and action fans in general should seriously consider picking it up.
Insgesamt betrachtet ist "Contra 4" wirklich mehr als gelungen. Der etwas zu harte Schwierigkeitsgrad, der aufgesetzte Greifhaken sowie der Mangel an neuen Ideen sprechen jedoch gegen die volle Wertung. Deshalb nur neun Punkte für ein Action-Spektakel, das es so auf dem Nintendo DS bislang nicht gab. Der Gewaltdarstellung und des hohen Schwierigkeitsgrades wegen ist das Spiel jedoch nicht in Europa erschienen. Man muss also zwangsläufig auf den amerikanischen oder japanischen Import, der auf den Namen "Contra Dual Spirits" hört, zurückgreifen.
Konami sprawiło wielką niespodziankę wszystkim fanom staroszkolnych strzelanek i godnie uczciło 20-lecie serii. Znajdziemy tutaj wszystko co najlepsze w serii i gatunku czyli dużo biegania, skakania, strzelania i wysoki, może nawet nieco za wysoki dla laików, poziom trudności, który zmusza nas do naprawdę ciężkiej „pracy”. Tytuł gorąco polecam wszystkim, którzy nie boją się wyzwań, mają zgrabne palce, dużo wytrwałości i kochają arcade.
Contra 4 is meant for the hardcore old school crowd, and only for the hardcore old school crowd. If you’ve got the chutzpah for it, you’ll find a superlative, action packed shooter experience for your DS that you simply will not be able to put down.
Contra 4 also features immense replay value. The game itself is fun enough to warrant multiple playthroughs, but you can unlock a bunch of awesome content including the original NES Contra and Super C. With three of the best 2D shooters all housed on one cart, Contra 4 is an amazing value. It may not make use of the system's touch-screen, but Contra 4 is the perfect portable title: it's easy to play in short bursts but also engrossing enough to get sucked into.
This is a DS game that you should be proud to own, too. For a 20th Anniversary celebration, you get an all-new revival of the series not seen since Contra: Hard Corps (which is still the hardest Contra game in my opinion), some excellent (albeit solo-play only) memorabilia in the form of emulated Contra and Super C, a bunch of bite-sized extreme challenges which are tough as nails yet addicting as coke, and a brief portfolio of the entire Contra legacy. The main game is swell, but not quite swollen. It is loaded with tons of excitement and the harsh challenge (it’s not that hard, though) is a breath of fresh air in a market inundated with games you could complete with one hand tied around your back. It’s great to see that well-made games that are entirely capable of kicking our asses can still be made and here’s to another 20 years of Contra-ing to come... hopefully.
Contra 4 is relatively short, but the difficulty and the immense number of extras give it a healthy replay value. The gameplay itself is fun and challenging, with a series of interesting and exciting levels, punctuated by difficult and terrifying boss battles. The only thing that prevents Contra 4 from being an absolutely must-buy game is its difficulty. It's very likely too hard for the average gamer, who may find himself frustrated and annoyed even with the rather forgiving Easy mode. However, if you absolutely love a challenge, are convinced you can't lose or simply have fond memories of the controller-breaking frustrating of Contra for the NES, then Contra 4 is a must-have. Wayforward has proven that its game is, undoubtedly, the true Contra 4.
Nowadays, it's rare to see a game that sticks so close to such "outdated" game design. The thing is, when one is pulled off as well as Contra 4, it shows us that the game isn't outdated at all. Fans have been waiting years for a true Contra sequel, and now it's arrived. Whether you're a fan of the series or someone looking for a challenge, you'll find a lot to love here.
This is a long way of saying the game will beat you silly, but the challenge and gameplay are so much fun that the need to press forward is strong. Contra 4 may not be for everyone, but it captures the spirit of the original games and completing it is as much a badge of honor as it was back in the day.
Contra 4 is so intense, frantic, chaotic, and fun that it’ll make you wonder why they don’t make more games like this anymore. With so much to do here, this game will keep you busy for a long time. Contra 4 will take you back to a time when games didn’t need complex combos, hidden areas, and 50 million things to collect. It’ll remind you that sometimes, all you need for a good time is a couple of commandos, a Spread Gun, and a horde of aliens to shoot.
That hiccup aside, everything else in this game is everything an action fan could hope for, and any experienced gamer or Contra newcomer with patience should definitely pick up Contra 4. Prove the strength in numbers theory wrong once and for all!
Game Informer Magazine
This is everything a Contra game should be, with a healthy does of new challenges and surprises. While not for those afraid of a challenge, Contra 4 throws down the gauntlet for the rest of us.
Cheat Code Central
A brilliant blend of old-school charm and tight gameplay make Contra 4 a fantastic addition to the DS's mini-game-heavy library. Here's hoping those that swore by the Contra code back in the day discover this title among all the hype-hogging offerings stealing the spotlight this season.
Contra 4 will deliver everything veterans of the series could ever want, from the classic spread gun to music that brings orgasmic delight to the ears. The visuals stay true to the series and difficulty gives the game legs along with the Challenge mode. The downside to the hardness of the title is attracting new and novice gamers, who may become frustrated with relentless action. In addition, the inability to save between levels is frustrating for a portable game, as players will instead have to lose a continue to stop and play later. However, the game will garner a place in the hearts of Contra fans, even though it brings nothing new to the classic experience.
With so much to see, do and master Contra 4 is well worth the price of admission given you are tough enough to handle all it throws at you. Toss in two unlockable games, an addictive challenge mode and WiFi co-op and you have the greatest entry to the series since the days of SNES. If your memory hasn’t been tarnished by the poor outings over the last few years and you crave that hardcore old-school action you will be hard pressed to find a better option on any system.
Contra 4 is made for the fan in mind. It is obvious that the developers have a lot of love for the Contra series so if you're a fan then there's nothing to pick at. However, those looking for an easy game, updated graphics, or a compete re-imagining of the Contra series might want to skip this installment.
When it comes down to it, the crazy difficulty of Contra 4 may be enough to scare folks away, but for you die hard Contra fans, it should be right up your alley.
Base runs and bosses aside, Contra 4 is the most punishing game on the DS, but also one of the most satisfying. There is no room for error, nor are there any cheap shots. If you die, you screwed up. If you survive, you are officially hard to the titanium core. It may not be the sadistic beast that Shattered Soldier is, but Contra 4 has more than enough bite to make an aging man proud to be old-school.
It's great to see Contra go back to its roots for this very impressive entry into long-running series. If you enjoy challenging titles that require every bit of skill you can muster, Contra 4 is just the perfect purchase. From the words of Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Fort Minor: "This is 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain, and 100% reason to remember the name." Contra is just plain sick hardcore goodness.
Véritable bond dans le passé, Contra 4 renoue avec l’esprit originel de la série, et le fait bien. WayForward Technologies nous livre ici une savoureuse part de nostalgie. Ah oui, vraiment, ce Contra-là est un excellent morceau. Un cadeau d’anniversaire suintant le old-school, pas prétentieux pour un sou, mais sacrément entraînant. Comme tous les Contra, en fait.
Still, if you have a DS, love Contra, and also are a little masochistic, you absolutely need to get this game. Just be prepared not to play it in a swear-free zone as you might find yourself getting fined more than once for obscenities. Contra 4 is not for the poor in heart. Or spirit.
Both the original Contra and Super C are unlockable, but they won't be easy to get. You have to beat the game on any difficulty setting (no easy task), and then several challenge stages. If you have a friend with the title, you can team up to take on the countless enemy soldiers and giant boss creatures. Whether you play alone or with a friend, be prepared to constantly jam on the fire button no matter what part of the game you're at.
Contra 4 is an addictive, challenging, and worthy iteration in the Contra franchise. Unlockable content only adds to an already solid package. It's clear Konami made the right decision allowing Way Forward to handle this DS exclusive title.
Video Games Daily
Contra 4 is a stellar effort and everything you could ask for in a Contra update. It's a fast, fun, infuriatingly challenging, and highly addictive good time that stays true to its Contra roots. While it might be a little on the short side, there's more than enough challenge and bonus content to keep you occupied for a while. If you haven't done so already, check out Contra 4.
This game is so prehistoric that it does not take advantage of any DS features, besides being played over two screens. Despite this it is still a classic game and I just kept coming back until I finally beat the son of a motherless goat – and isn’t that the mark of a great game? No? Save games are for sissies. If you’re a man – prove it, and finish this game…and feel the biggest accomplishment since last playing on your NES.
But a 4 it is, but a mighty, Hungry Man 4. Contra 4 is a wonderful throwback to the Contra days of old, a jam-packed blastathon guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Grab your gun and let's hit it, before you get stomped, tattooed, hanged and killed.
Contra 4 is een waardige terugkeer naar de originele vorm van de serie: De game ademt nostalgie van begin tot eind en het is in essentie gewoon een hele goede side-scrolling shooter die iedere (geharde) gamer zou moeten bekoren. Contra 4 zal voor de gemiddelde speler misschien iets te veeleisend zijn, maar de gamers die bereid zijn om hun tanden in een spel te zetten en het onderste uit de kan te halen worden uiteindelijk rijkelijk beloond. Het spel is een waardige toevoeging aan de serie en een fantastische game binnen het assortiment van de DS, die behoorlijk verlegen zat om een actiespel van formaat. Contra 4 is absoluut niet voor iedereen, maar de doorzetters en fans van de serie gaan de tijd van hun leven tegemoet.
Contra 4 is great Contra Fan Service. The core game design is a fresh fight that stays true to the 8 and 16-bit editions. At the same time, you can unlock two of the games that the fans hold near and dear, and via an in-game museum you can view the series' timeline through boxart and screen grabs. You should be aware that the Contra 4 game design will be one of the toughest challenges you'll ever face on the Nintendo DS. Even though it doesn't do anything tremendously new, it's a game that'll really separate the men from the boys…and it'll give casual gamers an appreciation for design that's been lost to the ages.
It's possible that Contra 4 might have benefited from a few updates to the design formula and maybe a drop in the difficulty by a half-notch or so, but those quibbles aside, the fact remains that Contra 4 is great at being a Contra game. There is no pretense here about the game being anything but an intensely difficult shooter, as well as a great piece of fan service, and it delivers on that promise. Contra fans and shooter fans in general would do well to pick this one up. It's a blast.
We haven't played a game this demanding in some time. Amongst the reams of bright, smiling Touch Generations ware, this is a refreshing kick in the teeth.
Contra 4 seems caught in the middle: old school enough to alienate new gamers, but missing some features that could have propelled it to great heights for gamers of yesteryear. It is a snapshot of gaming from one human generation ago, full of misogyny and pain. However, it’s good for we old-timers to be reminded of the manly road we all walked down. Otherwise, I might forget how to not ask for directions.
While Contra 4 doesn't necessarily improve on the respected series template, it's unquestionably a return to form, likely to sate rabid fans while simultaneously terrorizing unprepared newbies. Lets just hope that it's enough of a success to warrant a follow-up that takes a few more chances with the formula.
At the end of the day, Contra 4 is just another great Contra game. Depending on whether or not you're a fan of the series, this could mean the difference between a rental and an immediate purchase. While the graphics leave a bit to be desired, the heightened difficulty and insane boss battles make up for it. Just like any other Contra game, it'll take you a while to get through it the first time, but once you figure out the formula you'll be just fine. This game just screams nostalgia with its familiar music and gameplay, and really is the perfect gift for hardcore Contra fans.
"Contra 4" comemora os seus 20 anos apenas com seus fãs. Fiel ao estilo que o consagrou, é um jogo apenas para os admiradores da série ou jogadores "hardcore", sedentos por desafios. Para estes, o título não falha em entregar o que eles procuram: a dificuldade aparentemente implacável, mas irresistível a ponto de querer começar tudo de novo. Além disso, traz conteúdos para matar a saudade, como as artes originais e, o melhor, os dois primeiros games da série para o NES.
It would've been a smash hit back then, now it seems more like a collector's piece. This is a reminder to fans of how games USED to be, not how they should be in the future. The sad, sad truth is that this game is just way to damn difficult to be much fun in this day and age.
We're told Contra 4 may still see a release in Europe (even though the titles have never had the hardcore following here they received in North America), but if you think you're hardcore enough to play it, you're definitely hardcore enough to import it. Contra 4 is a true successor to the Contra name in every way - for better or worse.
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