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The simple nature of the game hides a hideously addictive blaster, with some of the smartest graphics you'll ever see on the Engine. Graphics are among the best ever on the Engine, faithfully reproducing the arcade original. Music is superb, with faithful renditions of all the arcade themes. This game is spot-on: it has everything just right, the speed, the playability, the difficulty. If you have a PC Engine, you need this more than oxygen...
If you can manage to live with the admittedly horrible slowdown, you'll find that Gradius is a thoroughly enjoyable shooter with a good difficulty curve and solid gameplay. The game was a hit when it was first released to the Arcade and, with the exception of the slowdown, is a very good conversion on the PC Engine. If you're interested in shooting games at all, you need to include this game in your library. Not only is Gradius one of the most important games in the development of the genre, it's a lot fun, as well.