Contra: Rogue Corps - Switch

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Also for: PS4
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Toylogic Soft. Co.: Konami
Publishers: Konami (GB)
Released: 26 Sept 2019 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Connectivity: Save data cloud, Downloadable content
Accessories: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Features: Handheld Mode, TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, Demo available
Subscriptions: Paid online membership service


Contra is, after a fair old time away, back and more 'splodey than ever.

For those who remember the side-scrolling schmupp Contra games of old, the spinning of the series into a twin-stick shooter populated by vast swarms of bullets and hellish energy weapons will make a lot of sense. It's a genre that lends itself well to Contra's particular brand of crazy. Furious explosions, over the top attacks and guts a-plenty paint the environments, and the action is tantamount to bullet hell in three dimensions.

Which is, of course, all very fitting for the tone of the series. To get a taste of it, here are the characters you can play as: there's Kaiser, a cyborg who's been rebuilt after the alien wars. He has a giant drill for an arm. There's Hungry Beast, formerly known as human scientist Kurt Steiner, who took his brain and shoved it into a cyborg panda. Now he spends most of his time hunting for snacks. Having a mini-gun helps him with that. There's Ms Harakiri, an assassin with an alien in her belly that she has to stab if she wants it to shut up. And last but not least there's The Gentleman, a highly sophisticated and very cultured alen insect who is deeply unimpressed by the comrades he scours Damned City with.

You can play by yourself or you can play in co-op (either online or locally). Either will mode will serve up big, fun action, though you definitely get the feeling that Konami and developer Toylogic want you sat next to your mates, giving each other a good ribbing and watching the body parts (of both the meaty and cybernetic varieties) fly.