GamesRadar's seemingly annual Platinum Chalice Awards 2007

Winner: Contra 4
Konami | DS

Remember the good ol' days when games didn't hold your hand every step of the way? When you absolutely would not win unless you honed your skills to razor-sharp precision? Well, that's exactly what Contra 4 delivers - impossibly tough shooting action, relentless boss battles, smooth animation and the rockingest guitar riffs this side of KMFDM. It's an unbreakable homage to the way games used to be - inaccessible, unfriendly and intended for the best of the best.

Konami didn't just deliver a kickass new Contra game (which is a feat in itself) -  they also made good use of both DS screens and added a ton of bonus content that'll pop the beanies right off any NES gamers' head. Want to play Super C on the go? Just unlock it by completing a series of ultra-bastard-tough challenge missions. All in all, a freaking amazing game for those who feel like they might barf if there's a Brain Age 3.

Honorable Mention: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
Konami | PSP

Hats off to Konami for not only delivering an outstanding Contra title, but also a tough-as-balls new Castlevania as well. Side-scrolling action with the adventurous Symphony of the Night as bonus content? Hell yes we're playing this.


  • JosefMotley - January 7, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    i don't really see the fuss about the mario galaxy soundtrack. the isle delfino theme from sunshine was miles better than anything in galaxy, and both games horrifically maul the main mario theme itself. those "beeps & boops" of the old games are FAR more memorable melodies than the saccharine overscored string sicklyness of galaxy, and have a hell of a lot more character. i miss the days when videogame soundtracks actually sounded like games rather than second rate film scores
  • RebornKusabi - December 19, 2008 11:44 p.m.

    Great Article, some of these games I had played and actually loved... some, not so much >_>

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