Contra – or the infinitely more extravagant Probotector, as it was originally known in some European territories – is a revered name in video game fame; Contra: Rogue Corps, the franchise’s first non-pachislot outing in almost a decade, does not live up to the property’s illustrious legacy. This artistically inconsistent isometric shooter plays like a BTEC Alienation, and while it’s nowhere near as bad as its lousy looks may lead you to believe, it may as well be used as the Dictionary definition of middle-of-the-road.
A co-operative and competitive affair featuring four kooky characters, the unremarkable storyline is set after the events of 1992’s Contra III: The Alien Wars. Of course, no one gives a flying frag about the fiction in this storied series, and the odd animated comic book panel aside, it’s far from the star attraction here. But then, we’re not convinced there are any star attractions to speak of: the combat is frantic but wears thin faster than you can type #FucKonami; the visuals are grimy, like they belong to a PlayStation 2 title stolen from a Wilkos bargain bin; and the mission design is uneventful.
The only real accolade you can award this run-of-the-mill release is that it’s inoffensive, but even then it’s almost offensively inoffensive – if you get what we mean. An unwieldy upgrade system, which sees you augmenting body parts to each of the four heroes, adds a bit of character to proceedings – but it’s somewhat cumbersome and confusing. You may eke some fun out of the ostentatious action playing with buddies both online and offline, but there are better games to backdrop your banter. The panda’s pretty rad, we suppose.
@get2sammyb so... do I dare ask, even though the graphics look really outdated, does it run with a solid framerate?
Asking for a friend...
@Turismo4GT It does on PS4 Pro, yes.
They can do without Hideo and Koji.
Here’s a showstopper to prove it.
What’s with the twenty words reviews, lately?
@Bliquid We've introduced a new 'Mini Review' format to replace Indie Bin. They have their own page format, but it seems like we need to separate them more as not everyone has grasped the concept yet.
@get2sammyb. This game is a 2.yuck👎.i play the demo.worst game i ever play.its a 2 out of 10.word up son
That 5 is very generous, this is the worst game I've played for years, the graphics are atrocious, the gameplay is tedious and frankly this would have been derided on the PS2. Overall an insult to the Contra name and if this is the best they can come up with then Konami can just go back into hibernation, it's so sad what they have become.
If anyone wants to play a new Contra game then the excellent Blazing Chrome has you covered
"It's not a pachinko machine."
That's a pretty succinct way to summarise Konami's demise.
I forgot a demo was released for this. I should check it out to see for myself but I really don’t feel like it. Konami should have just brought back Rumble Roses.
Looks and plays atrocious on Switch. Background/textures remind me of Resi 2 on PS1. Why did Konami even bother finishing this ... they must've known it was crap after they play tested the first 5 mins. I'd have been way too embarrassed to even release the demo in that condition but at least we can see how bad it really is before purchasing.
Just putting it out there that this and Anthem got the same score.
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