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Thunder Force V: Perfect System (PlayStation)

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The first installment in the Thunder Force series made for 32-bit consoles. As a pilot for the Thunder Force group, it's up to you to destroy an evil alien race bent on destroying the Earth and all of its inhabitants. As in its predecessors, the gameplay is fast and furious, with more powerful weapons. All weapons now have an extra powerful blast mode, triggered by holding down the fire button. Sprites have been forfeited in favour of 2D polygons made possible by the new platform. The musical score contains a lot of techno rearrangements of old Thunder Force themes. In spite of all the changes, Thunder Force V aims to please fans of old-schoolers by not abandoning concepts and details introduced in earlier games in the series.


Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation An intro screenshot. The video quality is truly awful in this game.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation This portion of the game is missing all the transparent parallax from the Saturn version.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation Despite its difficulty, the game never resorts to bullet-hell tactics.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation Title screen [640x480 (originally 512x480)]

Alternate Titles

  • "サンダーフォースV" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Thunder Force V" -- Saturn Title

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User Reviews

One of the best games I have ever played!!! Josh Haggard (2) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

The Press Says

GameSpot Aug 31, 1998 8.2 out of 10 82
HonestGamers Mar 22, 2011 8 out of 10 80
PSX Nation Oct 30, 1998 78 out of 100 78
The Video Game Critic May 10, 2000 B 75
Freak Jan, 1999 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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The "Perfect System" subtitle was only applied to the PlayStation version of Thunder Force V. Why? Because the PlayStation version offered several improvements over the original Sega Saturn version, including slightly faster speed, a true final boss, extra bonuses, and analog control. Thus, the PlayStation version was the "perfect" Thunder Force V.

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Satoshi Kunsai (1813) added Thunder Force V: Perfect System (PlayStation) on May 03, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (22739) and Игги Друге (43652)