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Thunder Force V: Perfect System

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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 Fighting a mid-boss.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation An intro screenshot. The video quality is truly awful in this game.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System SEGA Saturn While this stage is pretty easy, there are some nasty surprises.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation The TFV bonus system encourages aggressive play.

Alternate Titles

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

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One of the best games I have ever played!!! PlayStation Cenes Hallern (2)

Critic Reviews

Video Games PlayStation Jul, 1998 4 out of 4 100
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Saturn Aug 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Video Games SEGA Saturn Jan, 1998 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot PlayStation Aug 31, 1998 8.2 out of 10 82
HonestGamers PlayStation Mar 22, 2011 8 out of 10 80
PSX Nation PlayStation Oct 30, 1998 78 out of 100 78
The Video Game Critic PlayStation May 10, 2000 B 75
Freak PlayStation Jan, 1999 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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In the Playstation version, the mission complete screen has the game's title misspelled. It says TunderForce V.

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