Konami brings another PS2 classic on PSN as it released Gradius V on the PSN to play on PS3. The game is priced at £7.99.

This digital reissue of Gradius V marks the series’ first appearance on PS3. The classic shoot ‘em up recalls the all-action old school of video gaming and is an unashamed blaster with all the trimmings expected of a modern-day title. For those who have yet to dabble in the Gradius franchise, its an horizontally-scrolling shoot’em up, or shmup as the genre is often called, and features a mix of shooting and weapon collection which is the backbone of the long-running franchise.

In Gradius V, players control the legendary Vic Viper craft as it faces wave after wave of the Bacterian race’s alien warriors. Initially armed with just a front-mounted laser, as the player destroys specifically-coloured aliens they release a yellow power up capsule, lighting the Option Panel at the bottom of the screen when collected.

As more capsules are collected, varied and more powerful weapons are accessible, including lasers, bombs, shields and extra weapon pods. The game also grants players access to four different weapon arrays, each including bespoke power ups that will be essential if the seven stages are to be successful cleansed of the alien menace.