Just got this on the PS2 (only currently available on import) and I have to say it's absolutely fantastic! The graphics are fantastic with amazing 3D backdrops as is the sound with constant naration, some great explosive sound effects and a wonderful music score. The gameplay is as frantic and hard as the other games in the series, with normal level providing a tough challenge! The enemy attack patterns are really well thought out and keep you constantly on the move. All in all one of the best side scrollers i've ever played and is a more than worthy successor to the Gradius series! Well done to KCET yet again for another amazing PS2 release!