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The first Contra game for the 32-bit consoles and released exactly 10 years after the first Contra.

Unlike the original Contra and follow-ups, this is an overhead-view 2D shooter (with 3D graphics) that plays more like a side-scrolling Commando or Mercs.

The graphics are truly 3D; an option allows you to view them as red/blue images, and some packages of Contra: LoW come with 3D glasses to garner full enjoyment of the feature.

Hidden within the game – accessible on a certain level and through a secret code – are a mini-version of Gyruss and a Pac-Man-like game called Pactank.


Contra: Legacy of War SEGA Saturn Yet another mid-boss. There is no strategy to kill this one - just point and shoot.
Contra: Legacy of War SEGA Saturn Final level - move over Katamari Damacy and Psychonauts - this stage is spherical... though unlike the other games it features some truly terrible controls and camera.
Contra: Legacy of War PlayStation There are mini-games.
Contra: Legacy of War SEGA Saturn Battling a crude polygonal tank.

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus PlayStation Mar, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Bravo Screenfun PlayStation Mar, 1997 2 out of 6 80
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 78 out of 100 78
Video Games PlayStation Feb, 1997 73 out of 100 73
Mega Fun PlayStation Feb, 1997 72 out of 100 72
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1997 3.5 out of 5 70
Electric Playground PlayStation Mar 28, 1997 6.5 out of 10 65
Gaming Target PlayStation Dec 05, 2002 5.5 out of 10 55
Edge PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 10 40
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Mar 08, 2011 D+ 33


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Related Web Sites

  • Contra Encyclopedia (Fan site dedicated to the official games in the Contra series. All versions of each game are covered. Information includes release dates, detailed game descriptions, regional differences, lots of trivia and interesting information about the games' developmental stages. There is also plenty of screenshots, links and additional resources)
  • The Contra Headquarters (A hosted fan "shrine" site devoted to all the games of the Contra series, including the PlayStation game Contra: Legacy of War. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Contra-related sites. )
  • Wikipedia: Contra: Legacy of War (Information about Contra: Legacy of War at Wikipedia)
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