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Edited by Littlejehova

I love this game! Great to see Alex do another one of these.

Edited by vikingdeath1

Hooray! My favorite east coast correspondent!!

Edited by SgtSphynx

Fuck yeah Life Force! Abadox was my shooter of choice, but this was a fun game.

Posted by AlKusanagi

One of my favorite shooters of all time!

Posted by ObsideonDarman


Posted by bkbroiler

Oh dang! More Bombasticas! Never stop! Wooo!

Edited by Swabbleflange

I prefer to say 'graydius', but if you ever hear it spoken in the games it's pronounced 'graddius' (I'm pretty sure it's spoken in Gradius V).

Graydius is better though.

Edited by EarlessShrimp

Pretty sure it's pronounced Gladius?

Posted by AlexanderSheen

See you next time indeed.

Posted by Sunjammer

Always hhaaated Gradius. I hate the powerup system (few middle fingers in gaming are this prominent), the esthetic, the god awful BLEEP BLAAAP DÆÆÆK BLØØP music. It's just a shitty unpleasant game to play.

Posted by nomtank

It's great to hear that Alex fixed his sound levels! I can't stand blown out mic sound...

Posted by jvalenti57

Gotta love the Innerspace reference!

Edited by Milkman

Hell yeah, Metz!

Posted by Rodiard

This takes me way back. Lifeforce was one of my earliest NES experiences. One of the first console games I ever played.

Posted by zoozilla

If I had played this as a little kid, it would probably have freaked me out. This is some serious Inner Space / Fantastic Voyage stuff.

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Posted by Pudge

I've missed you Bombastica.

Edited by YARN

I can finish this game while blind folded. Thats how much i played this when i was a kid.

Edited by Mento

Don't sweat it on the pronunciation issue. It's supposed to be "graddius" because of its actual name "Gladius" (which unfortunately befell that L/R phoneme issue Japanese speakers have trouble with) but "grady-us" kind of fits too because of "gradient". Not a big deal either way, but then I say that as someone who gets "Suikoden" wrong at least half the time.

Life Force is neat though. I like how someone thought flying through a giant alien's insides was the best part of Gradius (well, Salamander technically, then added the Gradius parts later) and re-worked the game to be almost entirely that.

Edited by Lozz

Fucking loving the Metz t. Sick band.

Posted by Pop

I was thinking a lot of stuff in the 90s had something to do with people going in a ship and inside a human body, I remember The Mask animates series had an episode where the mask goes into Milo the dog and fights a computer virus in Milo's brain.

Is honey I shrunk the kids the movie Alex was talking about? or one of the spin off movies cause there where a couple of those too.

Posted by Adrian79

Oh man, I completely forgot about this game. Used to play it all the time, loved it.

Posted by Teoball

@pop: No it was Innerspace as he said. I remember a ton of these movies from when I was young. People get shrunk down in a tiny ship and have to fight a virus or something while traveling through the body.

Posted by Kohe321

This feature is great, glad to see the whole GB-crew starting to pitch in with this as well. More content in general is always welcome.

Edited by LarryDavis

Go METZ! They're gonna take the world series!

@pop either Innerspace or Fantastic Voyage.

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

Awww, Alex?

Just kiddin'! This was great, I loved the shit out of this game back in the day.

Edited by Sarumarine

That was a cool looking game. That fire level was something. It had a lot of elements that reminded me of Solar from Star Fox 64.

Also, that dragon boss was sick.

Edited by teh_destroyer

The Guns of giant bomb playing some good games here :).

Edited by feelingsunicorn

Rad entry, Alex!

A couple FYIs for you - Salamander splintered off into its own series after this game and evolved and changed alongside Gradius until it was a markedly different shooter.

Also I didn't play enough Life Force as a kid for me to know how it works in this game, but I DID play a ton of Gradius III on the SNES, and that speed up power up becomes CRUCIAL. Each one increases your ship's movement speed incrementally, so while the first one doesn't feel noticeable, if you keep activating the power up three or four times you'll be more than twice as fast as when you started out. This comes with its own frustrations because the game becomes way more finicky, but allows you to actually outrun (out-fly?) obstacles and bosses.

Edited by spookytapes

That Metz album is killer. I haven't watched this video yet, but yeah!

Edited by MildMolasses

Hell yeah Life Force.

Now if someone does a SMS version of R-Type, then my two favourite 8-bit shooters will be covered

Posted by jorbear

That Metz album is killer. I haven't watched this video yet, but yeah!

I had no idea Alex was into Metz. Fuck yeah Metz!

Posted by joeshabadoo

sweet shirt, Alex

Posted by MeatSim

Yo! circa 1980's Konami! get your aesthetic themes straightened out.

Posted by ribeye

I loved Life Force! We used to see who could get the most speed ups and still control your ship, once you get in the teens the tiniest little twitch sent you across the whole screen until it became completely uncontrollable haha

Edited by Spiritof

There's just something about Konami side scrollers of this era that just squeeze my nostalgia sack.

Life Force, Contra, Rush N Attack, and later on games like Axelay and Cybernator. Yeah, back when Konami had the touch.

Posted by heatDrive88

Fuck yeah Lifeforce. Get yer Gradius on!

Edited by Mezmero

Oh man I was experiencing just a rush of memories watching this bombastica. I played a ton of Life Force as a kid and sometimes played co-oped with my brother. I remember really liking it though it looks a little rough now. That skull is a jerk. I had to look up that 30 lives code in a magazine. I really enjoy listening to your honest and open opinions on this old gem Alex. It was a strange time for gamers that's for sure. Please do more of these awesome videos!

Posted by yellownumber5

There's a game for the original Gameboy that I used to play a shit ton called Nemesis. Always thought it was a Gradius descendent, but now I realize it borrows its style more directly from this game, from music to environment. Nice stereo effects on that Nemesis.

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Edited by AnjinM

I loved this game when I was a kid. So much nostalgia!

Edited by TehJedicake

I can't be the only one who is apathetic towards top down and scrolling shooters right?

Edited by Vuud

Alex do Big Rigs again!

Posted by joshwent

Damn. Considering it's Alex I hoped this would be about...

The game seems pretty cool too, but is SERIOUSLY lacking in naked space vampires.

Edited by CornBREDX


Personally, I loved that movie. For me the first thing I think about when it comes to stories (or levels in a video game) about going inside a body is Innerspace. It was the movie that got me into that concept and then I saw Fantastic voyage. I then read the fantastic voyage books (if I remember there was 2? I dont know, I remember reading two of them but they're arguably better told versions of that story as Innerspace, I guess, is technically an homage or something of that).

Edited by KaneRobot

Back in elementary school, before I had an NES, I was at my best friend's house. His parents called him up to his room for a minute. A few minutes later he came down and said come upstairs. When I got up there I saw his parents had given him an NES. It wasn't even Christmas or anything, just random. Life Force was the very first game we played, even before Super Mario Bros.

Edited by ZagZagovich

You never have to be defensive of your love for Life Force! It's a solid follow up for Gradius even if there are some weird changes in the US version. Love seeing some more Alex on video. I like your writing but I like you talking more. Please talk more.

Posted by Cold_Wolven

So glad these Encyclopedia Bombastica videos are back.

Posted by Rmack

@spiritof said:

There's just something about Konami side scrollers of this era that just squeeze my nostalgia sack.

Life Force, Contra, Rush N Attack, and later on games like Axelay and Cybernator. Yeah, back when Konami had the touch.

Hell yeah. I played the shit out of this game as a kid. Never knew it had a following!