Contra Review | September 27, 2013 Xbox Arcade Exclusive Title
The first Contra game was released in arcades in 1987. Then it got a Nintendo Entertainment System release in 1988 where it really found a home with gamers. Having the ability to still get classic games that we grew up with is one of the reasons that most of us are lifelong gamers. The game was created in the era of Robocop and every military themed Stallone and Schwarzenegger movie. It should not be a surprising that the names of the two people you can play in the game are named Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer and Lance "Scorpion" Bean. The game also has some undertones form the movie Alien, since you are fighting off an Alien invasion. Even the box art on the original looks like Stallone and Schwarzenegger, just look up the movie posters for Commando and Rambo.
Does the game bring back so memories for some of us playing this game over and over after we found one at a garage sale? Not really, this is a HD remake and deep down we wanted to play the original Contra with updated changes not a terrible HD upgrade. This game alienates lifelong gamers because we did not get the feeling of being a kid again and why would gamers who were too young to have grown up with this game spend $5.00 for something that you can go all the way through in under ten minutes. Just think about the great games like the Walking Dead 400 days for $5.00. It was fun to remember but this is a $1.99 game at best and mainly for people who grew up playing it.