There are other minor differences, such as the printed manufacturing information and blank end labels on the cartridges. Mandrake is revealed to be a traitor, working for Bahamut. They live the rest of their lives among a small group of primates in the forest. Despite being free of alien threats, the segregation of populations and resources into undamaged areas of the world leads to highly rampant crime. Contra: Hard Corps features multiple endings determined by decisions you make, and thus the paths taken, throughout the game during the plot progression. As the team and enemy soldiers are fleeing the destructing base, Dr.
Before he can do any further damage, the Hard Corps kill Bahamut and destroy Big Magnum. At the enemy hideout, the Hard Corps fall into a trap. However, they are too late and the alien cell is stolen. The alien cell breaks free of containment and mutates the terrorists. For their heroic actions, memorial statues of the Hard Corps are built. Instead of getting captured and attempting an escape later, the team opts to fight Dr. The run-n-gun aspect is greatly toned down and the number of boss battles is greatly increased.
After cleaning the streets and confronting the unmanned robot, the team realizes that the robot is actually being controlled by a man calling himself Deadeye Joe. Finally, they return home on their jetbikes. Deadeye Joe and Colonel Bahamut are aliens, instead. Indeed, Contra: Hard Corps is a boss-rush video game with occasional run-n-gun action. He caves in and reveals the whereabouts of the terrorists and their leader, Colonel Bahamut. The entire space station is destroyed in the aftermath, killing the team in the process. In the midst of chasing the nuke in the sky, Deadeye Joe returns for one final battle that costs him his life.
Desperate for his plan not to fail, Bahamut launches a massive nuke with an alien payload before dying. Formed in response to the rising crime is a group of 4 elite military personnel collectively named the Hard Corps. You play as the selected character until the end of the game or until a Game Over. Despite clearing the base of all aliens, the team reaches Bahamut just as he escapes. He caves in and reveals the whereabouts of the terrorists and their leader, Colonel Bahamut. Mandrake is revealed to be a traitor, working for Bahamut.
Bahamut is a former hero from the Alien Wars who unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the government 2 years prior, but escaped capture. The plot involves a rogue war hero who steals an alien cell to accomplish various goals, again, depending on the path you choose. Contra: Hard Corps is generally considered to be an excellent game in the series. Finally, the alien cell is replaced by the X Drive, a powerful energy system. Mandrake does not betray the team, essentially making him a protagonist. Path 3: From the first dilemma in path 1A, the team opt to chase Deadeye Joe. There is also a new maneuver: a slide that damages enemies while keeping you immune to hits; Browny also has a hover ability, further making him the easiest character to play with.
Deadeye Joe flees and before the Hard Corps can give chase, an urgent message is received from the research center that it is under attack. This adds to the replay value of the game, as each path features different levels and bosses to fight. Path 1A: Opting to help the research center, the team rescues the lead scientist, Dr. Path 4: from the trap in path 3, the team chooses to get captured and fight later. The final location of Bahamut is pinpointed.
At the terrorist headquarters, Bahamut reveals that he has moved his operations to his space station and intends to destroy the headquarters with everybody in it. The following paths are in no particular order. You have 4 new characters to select from at the start of the game: Ray, Sheena, Browny and Fang, each with their own unique set of guns. At the enemy hideout, after an intense re-encounter with Deadeye Joe, the Hard Corps fall into a trap. Secret ending: This ending can be accessed by finding the shady businessman on stage 3. Finally, they reach Bahamut, who fuses with the alien cell to gain ultimate power. During the ride, they battle and kill Dr.
Soon, the team tracks down and subdues the computer hacker, Noiman Cascade, who is responsible for the chaos in the streets. Along the way, you work with and encounter many characters that play important roles in both plot and gameplay. Their fates also vary with the different scenarios. Simultaneous 2-player mode is retained. Bahamut is a former hero from the Alien Wars who unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the government 2 years prior, but escaped capture.
Mandrake starts mutating the soldiers into aliens from an aerial vehicle. After defeating him, he reveals that he has served as a diversion while his allies have successfully stolen an alien cell from the research center. Instead of getting captured and attempting an escape later, the team opts to fight Dr. . The team locates and confronts Bahamut at his base before he can complete a bio-weapon. Although Bahamut is still at large, the Hard Corps will not spare any effort to stop him. Since there are no difficulty settings to choose from, the characters are the primary determinant of difficulty.