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The default difficulty is easy - too easy in fact. I recommend bumping it up to at least normal. There's even an option to adjust the collision detection, so minor scrapes no longer have to be fatal. Despite being very similar to each other, all five games are extremely fun and endlessly replayable. High scores are automatically saved. It's becoming crystal clear that the PSP is ideally suited to old school 2D action, so let's hope there's plenty more on the way.
If you love shooters, and are wondering just what the heck you got your PSP for, anyway, this is it. The control schemes are perfect, and there’s plenty of meat to this compilation; all that remains now is your gaming dollars put towards a quality product. Go forth, and prepare to destroy the core once again.
A big chunk of my high score I am grading Gradius Collection is due to the sheer fact that this is the most comprehensive compilation of the series on any platform. I used to pour hours into the Playstation 2 boxed copy of Gradius III & IV. That’s only two titles, this is a whopping five. This is an exceptional piece of gaming history that belongs in any retrogamer’s PSP library… that is… if they can handle it.
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Gradius Collection is the kind of compilation that does a series justice. The titles, released over the period from 1985 to 1999, cover a series that saw gaming move from 8-bit to 32-bit and beyond. Not only do you get a handful of great games, but you also get a release that has never been released in North America until this collection (Gradius Gaiden) and another that was only released in a single compilation PS2 pack (Gradius IV). The lack of significant differences between the titles might turn off some, and that’s a fair complaint, but the ability to view and take part in a series’ progression also has a lot going for it. The major area lacking is that such a long-running series gets such an otherwise thorough compilation but no developer or artist interviews, old ads, commercials, etc., when that is something many of the lesser compilations excel at.
While not inclusive of the entire Gradius library, the Gradius Collection delivers a solid sampling of the four core games and the legendary Gradius Gaiden, alone, worth the price of admission. This is hardcore, fast and frantic shooting action at its very best and a great trip down memory lane.
In addition to the games themselves, Gradius Collection features a "gallery" mode that mostly consists of a music player that lets you listen to all these games' classic tunes. The Gradius series really captures that 16-bit sound that you might associate with the glory days of video games if you've been playing them for a while. You can also view a few cinematic cutscenes from some of the later games. Gradius Collection probably could have benefited from providing more information or background about each game, considering this package is clearly aimed at fans of this subject matter. But what's important is that all five of the games in here are still challenging, fun to play, and genuinely exciting.
Whether you are playing them for the first time or playing them for the millionth, the games in Gradius Collection are, for the most part, some of the best side-scrolling shooters you'll ever handle. Emulated without any noticeable problems and benefiting from a nice selection of extra options, the software here is great fun. A lack of multiplayer support in the titles that used to have it and a few missing sequels does leave us a little sad, but for a series that's more than 20 years old, Konami's entertaining set is more than worth its price.
Med fem spel, som tack vare alla inställningsmöjligheter kan justeras från "svårt" via "toksvårt" till "men snälla lilla Konami, hur hade ni tänkt er det här?", är Gradius Collection ett mycket välkommet bidrag i min PSP-samling. Förutom del ett och del fem har jag inte haft tillfälle att riktigt sätta mig in i serien, men det kan jag alltså göra nu och det tänker jag också göra. Under årens lopp och efter att ha formats av Ikaruga och Espgaluda har jag numera en sportslig chans att klara mig, så nu ska de små kräken äntligen få igen! Tack vare en generös autofire slipper jag också trycka högertummen ur led, vänstertummen som ska styra skeppet är det dock värre med. Men men, ett kärt besvär.
The bottom line is that none of these games are new, but this is still a wonderful package that offers excellent value for money, and for Gradius fans it's a must-have.
Haven't played Gradius before? Gradius Collection is the perfect way to break into the series. It combines the best of the best for several dozen intense, challenging levels, each offering a unique array of enemy types to overcome. You can't beat Gradius III first thing and expect to conquer Gradius II no problem – this series doesn't work like that. Each game feels like an extension of the last, making this collection the perfect way to experience them.
Sometimes bullets can be hard to see and dodge on the small PSP screen, and more Gradius games would have been a welcome addition. Even so, fans of classic arcade shooter gameplay will love Gradius Collection.
Pocket Gamer UK
Whether you wasted your youth on a salty pier arcade with the series, or met Vic Viper for the first time in this review, Gradius will quickly become your pet name for twitch gaming thrills.
Despite these PSP-related shortcomings, Gradius Collection remains a class act. It offers excellent ports of five classic and semi-classic shooters, including one that North American gamers have been clamoring after for years. It's hurt by the PSP's awful controls, but that's not unexpected. Fix that d-pad and you'll be set for more Moai-shooting action than you can shake an option at... and that's a good thing.
While none of the games are as polished and well-balanced as Gradius V (surely, prayerfully being held back for a single-shot PSP release) this package is nevertheless essential playing for twitch gamers. The gameplay variance is limited between each title but the nuances of difficulty and execution are just enough to make you want to play through each game in turn - something few contemporary series will be able to boast in 25 years time.
Gradius Collection has very few flaws working against it. Despite the fact some entries are missing, the collection here is still varied and show how much the series has evolved over the years. The number of options and bonus goodies that are available are nice, and the jam-packed action of the games themselves should enthrall fans of the series and gather up a flock of new ones along the way. This is simply a must-have retro collection that should keep you plenty busy until the PS3 Gradius that's been hinted at arrives. Wow, the series is aging pretty damn well, ain't it? Kinda like me.
Considering that the biggest problems with this compilation are that the games are exceedingly difficult and don't offer a two-player mode, I'd say Konami has put together a winner with Gradius Collection. If you enjoy old school shmups; the kinds with spaceships; you'll feel right at home here.
Gradius Collection offers a orgy of firepower, fun, and frantic cursing at your PSP. These games are still amazingly fun to play after all this time, and you’ll always get a good challenge out of them. They may also be short, but they were originally designed for arcades. Konami was right to put this on the PSP, because Gradius games are great for short gaming sessions. The set is kind of incomplete, but if you own a PSP, and love arcade style gaming in the slightest, you need this set.
Other web publications have given this game a fairly low score, but due to its great replay factor, I just can’t see why they would give it such average scores. I’ve been playing the game for a little over a month now and I get so hooked on the game. I will play until I get so frustrated that I want to rip my PSP in half. About an hour later, I’ll find myself trying to beat my record from earlier. This is classic gaming at its finest.
Ultimately the Gradius Collection is a must have for anyone that wiled away countless hours with these wonderful shooters in the 80's and 90's. If you love space shoot 'em ups and like challenging classic games then this collection is for you.
Overall, Gradius Collection is a competent assortment of some classic games, but I'm not entirely sure it's worthy of the $39.99 price tag. The main draw to this title is the inclusion of Gradius Gaiden, which is the most entertaining of the bunch in my opinion. For hardcore Gradius fans or the shooter genre in general, it might be worth picking this one up.
Gradius hasn't changed a lot over the years, as this collection so ably demonstrates. However, the series has always been about solid shooting action. Give it a shot.
Ultimately, the value of Gradius Collection comes down to whether your love of classic shooters is enough to justify the risk of tired eyes. Almost everything about this anthology speaks of class, care, and quality, and the ability to play several of the series' "missing" chapters should be more than enough for any American Gradius fan to take the plunge. Really, there's enough good stuff here that any fan of shooters, compilations, or action games should consider picking up Gradius Collection as well.
Gradius Collection est un bel objet que vous laisserez en paix avec effectivement quelques regrets. Le plaisir atteint son climax sur Gradius II, ici en version arcade, un titre dont le pouvoir de fascination ne semble pas avoir été touché par le temps. Les autres versants sont un cran en dessous, et l'épisode fondateur est malheureusement un peu inutile. La conversion respecte les copies d'origine sur le plan technique tout en diminuant au mieux son aspect le plus imperméable : la difficulté. C'est la Playstation Portable elle-même qui se charge de saboter quelque peu le portage, la faute à une croix directionnelle qui ne fait pas son job. Une compilation qui a beaucoup de charme malgré tout. Il est tout de même temps de passer à autre chose, et d'espérer, en guise de suite à ce premier pas, une éventuelle traduction du formidable Gradius 5 sur la même machine.
Plutôt complet et comprenant quelques titres ayant bien supporté le poids des années, Gradius Collection sera donc une valeur sûre pour les vieux fans comme pour les plus jeunes désireux de parfaire leur culture vidéoludique.
And thanks for trying to sell us an incomplete collection of five identical games for forty bucks. Gradius is fun, no matter what number or word you put after it, and twenty years ago, it would have been worth forty bucks. But today, it’s just another obsolete space ship, grounded in favor of better, faster rockets.