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Gradius Collection Review

Back in the days of the arcades, you had rather simple games.  Games mostly consisted of fighters, racers, and side-scrollers, with a few other games mixed in there.  Arcades are mostly memories of the past now, and those who remember playing in those arcades have a lot of nostalgia regarding the games that populated the arcades.  When you think of shooters, games like Space Invaders and Galaga often come to mind.


Shooters evolved so that your environment moved along with your ship.  A lot of these games were popular on the 16-bit consoles.  Contra, Axelay, and R-Type were a few of the side-scrolling shooter series to really take advantage of the 16-bit consoles.  Gradius is another side-scrolling shooter that shined during the 16-bit era.  Now a compilation of the Gradius games is here for your PSP in Gradius Collection.

Scoring graphics in a compilation like this is always a tricky situation because most of these games are a bit old and really pushed the hardware available for the time.  What

As with the graphics, you don

A shooter like this doesn

I am admittedly a fan of shooters.  If you like shooters, you will love this game.  If you don

If you think that five different Gradius games isn

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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