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In many games in the series, the player controls a ship known as the Vic Viper. An early horizontal-scrolling shooter from which gameplay elements of the Gradius series were inspired. Although there is no canonical relationship between Scramble and the Gradius series, Scramble is implied to be a spiritual predecessor to the series, evident by its appearance in flashbacks during Gradius introduction sequences.
The first true Gradius game to introduce the concept of the 'weapon bar'. During the game, many enemy craft leave behind icons or 'pick ups' when destroyed. Collecting one of these will shift the selection cursor along the weapon bar at the bottom of the screen. The player can then select the weapon highlighted if they want it. The cursor then resets. In general, the more useful 'power ups' are towards the right hand side of the bar, so the player may decide to stock up on pickups until the better item is available.
This innovation allowed for deeper tactics on the part of the player and for greater freedom of weapon choice rather than relying on the pre-determined power ups common in other games in the genre.
More recently, ports to the Sega SaturnPlayStationand certain mobile phones were created. Set in the same universe as Gradius. The game is noteworthy for a number of reasons. Most prominently, the game switches between horizontal and Cant I.
- Ekke* - Chasm stages, one of the first games of its kind and was also one of the first shoot'em ups to include cooperative gameplay. The first player ship is Gradius ' s own Vic Viper ship, while the second ship is the Lord British space destroyer sometimes called the Gradius - Konami* - Konami Game Music Vol.1 which is based on the F Fighting Falcon.
Unlike GradiusSalamander uses a more conventional weapons system, with enemies leaving a wide variety of distinct power-ups. There Gradius - Konami* - Konami Game Music Vol.1 exists an arcade game named Life Force that is identical to Salamander released in Japanese arcades the same year, except that a Gradius -style power meter Barbablu.Romantico - Ennio Morricone - Barbablu (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) used instead of conventional power-up items, and the stages were recolored slightly and given some voiceovers to make the mission about traveling inside someone's body, rather than through space; stages took on names such as "Kidney Zone" and "Stomach.
Instead of controlling Vic Viper, the available ship is called "Metalion" code name N Like the MSX version of Salamanderthis game also has a storyline, which is told by cut-scenes.
The gameplay is mostly Gradius - Konami* - Konami Game Music Vol.1 from the rest of the series, though there are some power-ups that temporarily give the ship some enhancements. In addition, when the bosses are defeated, the Metalion can fly inside them before they explode, and a mini-level will start that awards weapon upgrades when finished without dying, depending on the speed at which the boss was defeated.
In Gradius - Konami* - Konami Game Music Vol.1 same year Zemina released a version for the Korean Master System. This version was ported to the Sharp X computer under the name Nemesis '90 Kaiwith a number of graphical and aural enhancements. A graphically enhanced version with smooth scrolling appeared in the Japan exclusive PSP Salamander Portable collection. The game was never released in North America in any form, until recently with its inclusion in the PlayStation Portable title Gradius Collection.
It was released as Vulcan Venture in territories outside Japan. The fourth game of the series to be released for the MSX platform. Like the other MSX titles in the series, Nemesis 3 has an over-arcing plot depicted through the use of narrative cut-scenes. Nemesis 3 retains Gradius 2's weapon capture system, although weapons are obtained by navigating the player's ship into secret alcoves scattered throughout stages rather than entering enemy core ships.
The game additionally allows the player to select a preset weapon configuration before starting. This title introduced the Weapon Edit method of selecting weapons, which allowed players to create their own weapon array by choosing power-ups from a limited pool of available weapon types some weapons in the preset weapon types are not selectable in Weapon Edit mode, although it includes weapons not in any presets.
For example, two entire stages were cut out in the Super NES version: a 3D stage which involved avoiding hitting cave walls from a unique first-person perspective behind the Vic Viper, and a crystal stage in which the Vic Viper was challenged by crystal blocks blocking off areas like a maze.
Also, the order of stages was changed. The final stage in the SNES version was based on an early stage in the arcade version. Helig Är Änglaskarans Sång - Sven Björk, Einar Ekberg - En Främling Från Galileen original arcade version's ending had the main boss in a mechanical setting, then going through a speed-up zone to escape the enemy base, whereas the SNES version had the player simply avoiding the final enemy's simple and slow-moving attack patterns with no challenge afterward.
The difficulty and major boss tactics were toned down to make it easier. Only released in Japan, rather than a video game this spin-off game is a token gambling game with a Gradius theme. The first Gradius for a portable system, in this case Nintendo's Game Boy. The name Nemesis was kept for the game's worldwide release, as the game retains some of the elements that were otherwise exclusive to the MSX titles, such as hidden bonus stages.
It was later ported with full color support as one of the four games in the Konami GB Collection Vol. Another Gradius game exclusively for the Game Boy. It was one of the larger Game Boy carts in existence at the time 2- Megabitsand was completely different from the rest of the series—most of them used music, enemies, bosses and even levels from previous games in the series, but this one did not, except for the boss music from the first Gradius game with the addition of a small original Necrophiliac - Slayer - Hell Awaits to the piece.
A little bit of the "between levels" music from Gradius III can also be found at the very first part of the Gradius - Konami* - Konami Game Music Vol.1 . The follow-up to Salamander. It had several unique features, such as the Option Shot, the ability to launch the Options as homing projectiles. After firing, an Option would revert to a smaller, less powerful unit called an Option Seed, which revolves around the ship firing the default shot. Like its predecessor, Salamander 2 uses a conventional power-up system, rather than the Gradius power meter.
Upon acquiring a second power-up of the same type, your weapons are twice as powerful for a short duration 10 seconds. The game features variations of previous Salamander bosses, such as the Golem and Tetran.
The first Gradius produced exclusively for a home console. As usual, Vic Viper makes an appearance here, with two other ship choices available: Lord British and Alpina. This game was very obscure and was never ported to any console system. IV lacked the Weapon Edit function of its predecessor, but it had a bigger array of weaponry than the original Gradius games.
Weapons exclusive to this game included the Vertical Mine missile which detonates in a vertical line shortly after deployment and the Armor Piercing laser a shorter-ranged, more powerful laser.
The first Gradius to be created by a development team other than Konami's own internal teams by Mobile21to be exact. The Japanese version, being the last to be released, has a number of exclusive challenge modes added and includes an additional invisible point bonus in one of the levels. Gradius V was released in September for the PlayStation 2. Graphics are rendered in full 3D, although gameplay is still mostly 2D ; some areas change the position and perspective of the camera to emphasize the 3D environment.
In the Japanese first-press limited edition, the game included a book detailing internal design, background, and a road map of the Vic Viper series i. Released only to mobile phones, it features another storyline, taking place roughly years after the last Nemesis.
It is also the first game Im With You - Avril Lavigne - Girl Theater 2007 give players the ability to control their "Multiples" in formations, with formations variable depends on buttons. A Gradius compilation for PlayStation Portable. This compilation contains the classic versions of Gradius I-IV with a few bonus features thrown in as well as the first international release of Gradius Gaiden.
A Gradius title for WiiWare. It draws most of its elements from the MSX games rather than mainstay Death Song - Sorkun & Vice Presidentes - Sorkun & Vice Presidentes Gradius - Konami* - Konami Game Music Vol.1 . The game's plot sets the stage the events depicted in Gradius 2 MSX. In Marcha Japanese trademark database update revealed a filing for this name, submitted by Konami.
A pachislot game released in Japan in July A soundtrack for the game was released in September The Parodius series, started inis similar to Gradiusbut with more cartoony settings. The name is a portmanteau of "parody" and " Gradius ". Many of the mainstays of the Gradius series are included, albeit in a parodied format; this includes neon-colored core warships, effeminate moaiand large dancing women as bosses.
Early games focused mainly on parodying Gradius games, but more recent games have poked fun at other Konami franchises, including Castlevania and Ganbare Goemon. The games offer a large number of different characters to use, each with different weapons. The characters consist of ones created for the series, such as Takosuke, and popular Konami characters like Pentarou and Upa from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa. Vic Viper also appears in all titles.
The Parodius games also distinguish themselves from the Gradius series in their music. Unlike the Gradius games, whose music Gradius - Konami* - Konami Game Music Vol.1 either unique to each game or refer to earlier games in the series, the music in the Parodius games parodies a diverse pool of public domain sources, including a large contingent of classical music. A newer take from Konami on the Gradius spoof, Chopsticks Guitar - Various - Re/Search: Incredibly Strange Music, Volume II game features anime girl representations, designed by Mine Yoshizaki Patches - Various - Spirit Of Country, of Vic Viper and Lord British, in a mecha musume -style approach.
There are several gameplay elements that are common to almost all the Gradius games. These include the power meter, one of the Gradius series' defining characteristics, is enabled by power-up items. The items upgrade the selected ability in the power meter.
The meter resets when the player chooses to activate the selected ability. Weapon edit lets players create their own power meter sequence. The concept of the "Core" is a central part of Gradius.
Cores are usually blue, glowing masses of energy hidden within large warships and protected by a series of barriers. All cores must be targeted in order to defeat a warship, which normally comprises several phases and often uses the terrain to its advantage. In some cases, a core is closed or not vulnerable at the beginning of a battle, only opening or becoming susceptible to attack some moments later by turning blue. Additionally, the announcer will normally urge the player to "Destroy the core!
For other types of bosses, like large beasts, the announcer may command the player to "Destroy the eye! The moai statues of Easter Island Chile appear as enemies in several Gradius games. They are mounted on either side of flat, free-floating platforms and fire a series of colorful rings at the Vic Viper. Upon completing the game, the player restarts on the Gradius - Konami* - Konami Game Music Vol.1 level while retaining their upgrades from the previous games.
Each cycle through the game grows progressively more difficult. The Gradius series was created when Hiroyasu Machiguchi, the series creator was given a team to work with and asked everyone what kind of game they wanted to develop, to which they responded being a shoot 'em upwith the intent of surpassing Namco's Xevious.
The team originally tried twenty different movement patterns for the Options and used a process of elimination when something did not work. The team saw Lensman together and it influenced the game's story.
Its plasma laser also left a big impression on them and was why Gradius featured a Laser weapon. Hideki Kamiya stated in an interview that Gradius is one of the top three key inspirational games from his past.
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