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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 A familiar looking end of level boss...
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Title screen
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Watch out for those guys sneaking up behind you...
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Be careful in these narrow passageways

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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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GameSpy Sep 14, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Target Dec 02, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95 Oct 21, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Game Chronicles Oct 08, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
Worth Playing Oct 02, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamer 2.0 Oct 11, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
DarkZero Oct 29, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
Super Play (Sweden) Oct, 2004 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Aug 18, 2004 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Feb 12, 2005 6 out of 10 60


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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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Servo (57358) added Gradius V (PlayStation 2) on Oct 28, 2004
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