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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 Lasers and four multiples provides a lot of firepower!
Gradius V PlayStation 2 A brief cut scene provides you some rest before beginning the next level
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Introduction: evil forces are arriving!
Gradius V PlayStation 2 A familiar looking end of level boss...

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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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Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Dec 02, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95 PlayStation 2 Oct 21, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamereactor (Sweden) PlayStation 2 Nov 03, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 PlayStation 2 Oct 11, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PlayStation 2 Nov 09, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Factornews PlayStation 2 Oct 07, 2004 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 14, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Next Level Gaming PlayStation 2 Sep 21, 2004 74 out of 100 74
GameDaily PlayStation 2 Sep 16, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Netjak PlayStation 2 Jan 08, 2005 6.8 out of 10 68


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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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