Nemesis 2 (1987)

by Christopher
3 minutes read


Nemesis 2 is celebrated for its challenging gameplay, engaging story, and its role in shaping the Gradius series. Its legacy endures in the hearts of retro gaming enthusiasts.


Nemesis 2, a pivotal shoot ’em up game by Konami, marks a significant evolution from its predecessor with new gameplay elements and a focus on narrative.


The plot of “Nemesis 2” is set in the year 6664, when the people of the planet Gradius are living in peace. However, they receive a strange bio-forecast of an alien invasion. The Gradius World High Council sends James Burton, ex-pilot of the Vic Viper, to pilot Metalion, a new, highly maneuverable ship, to investigate.

In another game titled “Nemesis 2: Nebula”, it has been 73 years since Alex failed and the Humans lost the Cyborg Wars. Since then, the Humans have been enslaved. Rebel scientists have developed a new DNA strain which could signal the end of the cyborgs, and it is injected into a pregnant volunteer. When the Cyborgs learn of the woman and the baby, both are listed for termination.


James Burton as the protagonist pilot of Metalion, Dr. Venom as the antagonist, Bacterion invaders as enemies.


Nemesis 2 builds on the classic shoot ’em up formula with power-ups, challenging enemies, and unique level designs. Players can upgrade their spacecraft, Metalion, by defeating bosses and choosing specific weapon loadouts to suit their play style.


Nemesis 2 remains a beloved classic within the shoot ’em up genre, notable for its contributions to the Gradius series and its challenging gameplay that continues to engage players decades after its release.

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