C: The Contra Adventure

Although flawed, C: The Contra Adventure caries on the franchise with style, picking up bonus points for the variety of its gameplay modes. Fans should definitely check this one out.

Though Konami�s Contra franchise has yet to grab a foothold in the 3D generation of video games, C: The Contra Adventure may just change that.

C takes the retro Contra flavor and builds on it, offering classic side-scrolling shooting alongside Tomb Raider�style third-person action. C�s visuals range from impressive 3D side-scroller to poor man�s third-person shooter, complete with pixelization, clipping, and camera problems.

There are two drawbacks to this otherwise enjoyable shooter. First, the levels are very long and offer no method of saving at midpoint. (This has been a complaint with every Contra game ever made.) Second, you have to manually aim above or below in the third-person mode, which can be problematic for those of us with only two thumbs (analog users will need to reconfigure the default control setup). Nevertheless, the thrills keep coming, thanks to classic Contra�style firepower-run-amok gameplay complemented by Dual Shock support, explosive sonic effects, and a rocking soundtrack.

Although flawed, C: The Contra Adventure carries on the franchise with style, picking up bonus points for the variety of its gameplay modes. Fans should definitely check this one out.