Review: Blazing Chrome (PlayStation 4)

Blazing Chrome

n Blazing Chrome, bring your best pal and kick some metal butts to free the humankind while enjoying a classic run’n’gun, fully loaded with action and exciting fights!


  • Powerful 16bit graphics.
  • 147.1mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Side-scrolling shooter gameplay.
  • Contra hard corps influence throughout.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Speed run mode on/off.
  • Difficult.
  • Screen filter-none, CRT A, CRT B, and 5XBR.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Boss fights a plenty from the end of level encounters to mid-level fights.
  • Punchy adrenaline-filled soundtrack.
  • 2 player local co-op support.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • World map level select.
  • 3 difficulties-easy, normal and hardcore. These dictate lives, continues and power ups.
  • How to play tutorial video.
  • Four characters to unlock.
  • Actions-jump, roll, stationary shooting, shooting, vehicles, and mechs.
  • Capsules-give defensive or attack buffs like a shield or self firing bot.
  • Collect weapons in-game, you can hold a handful of them and hotswap between them.
  • Analog and d-pad support.
  • Checkpoints.
  • Arcade experience.
  • Death-restart at the checkpoint and lose your equipped weapon unless its the starter gun.
  • Modern feeling retro game.
  • Choose which level to play.

Blazing Chrome


  • Difficult.
  • Have to unlock hardcore.
  • A lot of bosses.
  • Never sure you hit a checkpoint.
  • Few hit detection woes.
  • Only one save slot.
  • No online Co-op.
  • Characters are just that, no weapons unique to that player like in Contra Hard corps.

Blazing Chrome

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


For too long gamers wanted a new Contra or even just something Contra, and like buses we go for years with nothing then a whole army comes all at once. Not content with the remastered Contra collection, we also get a fan-made revamp of the classic Contra Hard Corps. I mean it plays like it, looks like it and sounds like it but it nails it so much so that it still feels new. You could say it’s a blatant rip-off but that is unfair as it comes across as a love letter than a rip-off, it plays like the original like I say but it keeps it new fresh and fun as hell to play. With leaderboards and Co-op play it’s a game that keeps on giving. Plus and most importantly it is balls hard and will frustrate and delight any gamer.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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