The DOS version of an NES masterpiece
If you were born in the 70s, you would have been the exactly right age to really love the insanity of movies such as Terminator or Rambo, and therefore, when you got the chance to embody these characters, their badassery and sheer fire power, it sure was a holiday! That was what Contra had done, for some on the NES, for some, a bit later on the DOS or some other platforms. The game is the perfect 8 bit left to right shooter, with some other stages interspersed around, to add a bit more variety to the gameplay and to keep you entertained. As expected, the game is hard and at times unforgiving, but not in the manner that would give pause to the Angry Nintendo Nerd, rather in a manner that you got used to. What I mean to say is that the game was hard but it never took you by surprise. Yes, it had lots of enemies and a hell bullet awaiting almost at every corner, but if you had your execution right and focused, you could beat the game. And that was it, the game drew you in, it showed you that it could be beaten and it always gave you a new weapon or some other little element to keep you going. Yes, hard, badass, but really great overall. Play Platoon as well, after you're done with Contra.