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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.


Gradius V PlayStation 2 Firing lasers at some large enemies
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Title screen
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Blowing some stuff up...
Gradius V PlayStation 2 A laser volley between you and a large enemy

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Gradius V Magazine Advertisement
Gradius V Screenshot
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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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Critic Reviews

Diehard GameFan PlayStation 2 Sep 20, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
Gaming Age PlayStation 2 Sep 30, 2004 B+ 83 PlayStation 2 Oct 04, 2004 83 out of 100 83
UOL Jogos PlayStation 2 Oct 28, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Chums PlayStation 2 Apr 14, 2015 8 out of 10 80
GameZone PlayStation 2 Sep 28, 2004 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 14, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Game Shark PlayStation 2 Nov 15, 2004 B 75
GameDaily PlayStation 2 Sep 16, 2004 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Dec 01, 2004 C- 42


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1001 Video Games

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


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

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