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There's no doubt: Contra 3 is my personal favorite of the series. The adreniline, the explosions, the action...this is what the Contra games are all about! The game details the third invasion by Red Falcon, taking place in the 27th century. They're destroyed Neo City and are ravaging the entire planet! Since Mad Dog and Scorpian are now long gone, two new commandos pick up their guns and join the crusade: Jimbo and Sully.

This is exactly how I would have imagined a 16-bit Contra game. The game seems familiar in level structure, bosses and obstacles but still maNages to be not only different, but even better too! The first thing you'll notice right off the bat is that there is an automatic rapid no longer need to find a machine gun or buy a turbo controller to fire fast. The game itself is even more intense than before.

The weapons are similar but are also somewhat'll recognize the spread gun, laser and the homing missiles (from Operation C) but the flamethrower is now completely different. Also new is the Charge weapon (make explosions) and missiles that you can pick up, store and use when necessary, killing everything on the screen. You can also have two weapons at once and can switch between them. Additionally, by holding down either L or R, you can plant your commando in place and make aiming easier. Futhermore, hold down both top buttons and'll do a somersault in the air firing in all directions. Very cool!

A disappointment happens to be that the game is only six levels long. Levels one, three and six are your typical side-scrolling run n' shoot levels. Levels two and five are in overhead screens, but they're a bit different from Super C. See, the object is to track down various monster generators in a given level and destroy them. The control method here is a bit different. Your character always faces forward, and you use the L and R keys to rotate the screen. It's dizzying, but I like the effect. These levels aren't too hard and are usually over pretty quickly. Finally, level 4 is an intense jet bike attack on a highway that ends with a battle in sky. To kill the boss, you need to jump from missile to missile and destroy the barrier in front of the final enemy. This is honestly one of the the most intense battles I've ever had in a video game. That's saying something. In the final level, you must run an assault against Red Falcon again, defeating a few old bosses along the way.

Overall, this is not only an intense game, but it's tons of fun too! Contra III is one of those games you can pop in your SNES and just play for the fun of it. The difficulty levels also vary enough to make it playable for any player. One of the best SNES games out there and the best of the Contra series!

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