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Gradius V (PlayStation 2)

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Description

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.

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Gradius V PlayStation 2 Blasting through a narrow passage...
Gradius V PlayStation 2 A brief cut scene provides you some rest before beginning the next level
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Lasers are usually the weapon of choice for end of level bosses
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Watch out for those guys sneaking up behind you...

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

Digital Entertainment News (den) Oct 19, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Chronicles Oct 08, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
GamersMark Sep 19, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
DarkZero Oct 29, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot Sep 14, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82
G4 TV: X-Play Apr 10, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
UOL Jogos Oct 28, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Sep 14, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
GameDaily Sep 16, 2004 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Dec 01, 2004 C- 42

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Gradius V appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

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

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Servo (55928) added Gradius V (PlayStation 2) on Oct 28, 2004