Gradius V

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Gradius V
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: T (Mild Fantasy Violence)
PEGI rating: 3+
GRB rating: ALL
Widescreen patch available
GPU intensive game
CPU intensive game
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52095 & SLUS-20712 & NPUD-20712
Japanese: SLPM-62462 & VW176-J1 & SLPM-62621 & VW176-J2 & NPJD-00088
German: SLES-52095
French: SLES-52095
Spanish: SLES-52095
Italian: SLES-52095
Korean: SLKA-15032
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20712
NPUD-20712 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: September 14, 2004
April 14, 2015 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: CDA95971
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52095
Release date: October 8, 2004
CRCs: 0F877618
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPM-62462
SLKA-15032 (Korea)
SLPM-62621 (Konami the Best)
VW176-J2 (Konami the Best)
NPJD-00088 (PS2 Classics)
SLPM-60247 (Trial)
Release date: July 22, 2004 (Japan, Korea)
May 26, 2005 (Konami the Best)
April 15, 2015 (PS2 Classics)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Treasure
Publisher(s): Konami
Genre: Action, Shoot'em up
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic82/100
Game description: Based on the 1980s arcade and console game, Gradius V features the classic side-scrolling shooting gameplay with all-new elements, including new option controls, levels, weapons, and missions. You'll have access to a variety of upgradable power-ups that help you fight through seven expansive levels. For the first time in the Gradius series, you can play simultaneously with a friend and then check the Internet Ranking System to see if you've made the high-score list.
The game is set predominantly in outer space where players control a fictional spacecraft called Vic Viper through a continuously scrolling background depicting the territories of Bacterian—an evil empire which serves as the player's enemy

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8400 OC @ 3.60 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
0.9.6 beta r3113 GSdx 0.1.16 r3068
  • SPU2-X 1.4.0 r3117
  • LilyPad 0.10.0 r2930
FPS: 60. Game works great. Sev7en77
  • ?
  • ?
0.9.8 r4600 GSdx r4600
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad r4510
FPS: 60/60. Might get slowdowns in some boss battles with slower cards and high resolution so try reducing the Internal Resolution if that's the case. Machina
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 512MB
1.1.0 r5517 GSdx SSE41 r5464
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 r5478
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 r5403
Still amazing... Some occasional very minor texture error on the 'space tunnel' cutscene on level 2 when playing in very high res... ;-p
? ?
  • ?
  • ?
1.3.0 [2014-06-10 10:28.52] GSdx [2014-06-10 10:28.52]
  • SPU2-X [2014-05-05 09:39:35]
  • LilyPad [2014-05-05 09:39.35]
Game works great. Tonygiang
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)
  • Intel Core i5-4670K @ 3.40 GHz
  • AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
  • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1866 G.SKILL


GSdx 1.1.0 AVX2


  • SPU2-X 2.0.0


  • LilyPad 0.12.0
BIOS: USA 2.30, This game works great. Minor texture glitches during cutscenes in some stages, but hardly worth mentioning. Can't say I noticed the slowdowns during boss fights personally myself... Perhaps the performance has gotten better for this game in the more recent revisions of PCSX2, or it's simply related to the hardware of each tester. MTVU hack still causes the game to not boot, so I had to turn that off while playing. Ryudo

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • ?
  • ?
1.0.0 ZZ OGL PG 0.4
  • SPU2-X 2.0
  • OnePAD 1.1.0
Some slowdowns in boss fights. Sixsixfive


  • Original names: グラディウスV (SLPM-62462) & (SLPM-62621), 그라디우스Ⅴ (SLKA-15032)

Known Issues

Slowdown at the start of boss fights

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: There is noticeable slowdown when transitioning into a boss fight, most significantly the warp-in effects of the boss on Stage 1. Issue affects all renderers.
  • Workaround: None.

Garbled images during cutscene on Stage 2

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: On Stage 2, during the cutscene with Future Vic Viper, there are garbled images everywhere on the screen and they keep popping until the cutscene is done playing.
  • Workaround: Temporarily switch to Software mode by pressing the F9 key.

Game does not boot

  • Type: Note (not an issue)
  • Description: Game is stuck on a black screen after booting the game.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Emulation Settings > Speedhacks tab, and disable the "MTVU (Multi-Threaded microVU1)" speedhack.

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