There’s a new Contra out! Sort of. It’s called “Hard Corps: Uprising,” and we’re totally not supposed to call it Contra. (Confidential: It’s Contra)
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RADAR: Hard Corps: Uprising
XBLA, Action Platformer, Konami/Arc System Works, $10
I’ve always been a sucker for the weirdest entry in a franchise. My favorite Robocop is Robocop 2, my favorite Batman is Batman Returns, and my favorite Contra game has always been Hard Corps.
Made during the time Konami was getting seriously insane on the Genesis with games like Rocket Knight, Hard Corps was all about taking Contra up about a million notches in terms of action, difficulty and most importantly silliness – for example, my favorite character was Brad Fang, a wolfman with robot arms and oakley sunglasses. Yeah, it’s like that. You either love the game or you hate it. 97% of the world hated it.
That’s why I was pretty surprised to find that Konami’s newest Contra wasn’t just a direct sequel to Hard Corps, they were leaving out the Contra name all together. Now that I’ve played it, it makes a lot of sense – while Uprising uses a lot of classic Contra visual cues and the standard shoot-em-up gameplay, this is definitely something different. Like some lost, Japanese Contra Fan Game from the 90s.
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