Neo Contra is not Contra. Konami has decided to throw all fundamentals out the door for the sake of "flailing about, twitching to extreme degrees, and repeatedly re-snapping the strafe lock-on mechanism into place" (IGN). No power-ups. No eight-way shooting. No jumping. No second player joining mid-game. Etc, etc. What we do get is Animal Contra, a talking dog that commands an aircraft carrier. Huh? If you've got a spare 45 minutes, grab a buddy and blast through this title for a few memorable laughs. Otherwise, wait for Konami to drop the Neo bull$h!t.