Great, Classic Spaceshooter
Gradius for NES is exactly what you'd expect; a spaceshooter that takes you through many assorted caves, planets, and space sectors in order to save the universe. The control is fluid and intuitive - this game is one of the easiest to pick up and play; it reminds me of the aged Galaga/Galaxian series and more recent shooters, such as R-Type and even its counterpart on the NES, Life Force. This genre is so successful because the games are so fun, yet so simple and act as an button-mashing alternative to other stress-reliever games such as Street Fighter II.
Reviewed by: Brent McBride from Ellicott City, MD.