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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 Launching RVR01 Gauntlet (here the video suddenly switches to full-screen).
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation Level one - "No Blue".
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation This is the only stage that bears any improvements from the Saturn original.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation Despite looking quite menacingly, this boss can be dispatched in a matter of seconds with the Free-Range weapon.

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!!! Cenes Hallern (2) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Video Games Jul, 1998 4 out of 4 100
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 Thunder Force series stretches as far back as the MSX home computer, a computer system which only saw the light of day in Japan and Europe. Three sequels (II, III, and IV) were released for the Sega Genesis console in the 90s. TFV was released on the Sega Saturn first, then was ported to the PSX, which was the only version of this game to be released outside of Japan.

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Satoshi Kunsai (1806) added Thunder Force V: Perfect System (PlayStation) on May 03, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (25818) and Игги Друге (44991)