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Contra: Operation Galuga

Wayforward, Konami
Mar 12, 2024 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

51%

Critics Recommend

IGN
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Game Informer
8 / 10
GameSpot
6 / 10
Hobby Consolas
60 / 100
TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
Shacknews
7 / 10
IGN Italy
7.5 / 10
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Contra: Operation Galuga - Reveal Trailer

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Contra: Operations Galuga - Official Gameplay Trailer | IGN Fan Fest 2024

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Contra: Operation Galuga character trailer


Contra: Operation Galuga Screenshots



Critic Reviews for Contra: Operation Galuga

Contra: Operation Galuga is an amusing run-and-gun that met my 2D shooting expectations, but rarely exceeded them.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A disappointingly timid reboot/remake that while competently made does little to add to the Contra formula or move beyond the original games.

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Though the stages are much longer than their original forms, sometimes clocking in at around 15 minutes, playing through Story Mode only takes a couple of hours. Still, Contra: Operation Galuga packs a whole lot of action into those hours. When you add the more flexible Arcade Mode and difficult Challenge Mode, Operation Galuga is an admirable modernized reimagining of one of the most influential games of the late '80s.

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Contra: Operation Galuga reimagines just enough to feel modern without losing the original game's identity.

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Con: Operation Galuga successfully recreates the original game released in 1987 and elevates the show to a new level, but a number of issues (the controls, mainly) make the experience very frustrating.

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For a brief moment of brilliance, Contra: Operation Galuga is the modern interpretation of a 2D run 'n' gun that we always wanted. But it's a fleeting moment, and what comes after is a deeply onerous experience that proves a trudge to see through to completion.

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It's a solid entry to the series, but it has its issues beyond its slow-paced story. There are some noticeable performance issues, especially as the screen fills up with more and more enemies and effects. Operation Galuga has a tremendous soundtrack comprised of original tracks that pay homage to the quintessential Contra songs of yesteryear, but there were multiple instances where I hit a glitch that left the background music muted. Operation Galuga is certainly Contra, but it can have its janky moments. Still, it's a welcome entry to the series and shows that the Contra series still packs a lot of firepower.

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A proper "reboot" of the series, with eight interesting levels, plenty of elements to unlock, nice gameplay and weak visuals.

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