Same with Contra III, Contra Hard Corps, Contra Shattered Soldier and Neo Contra. However, there's no reason to have auto-fire in those games.
Contra is not about having the character automatically fire for you. There's a reason we use this gameplay mechanic. Contra has always been that side-scrolling shoot-em-up where you fire the gun. That's where the fun is. Maybe you're pretty young or just oblivious to how gaming generally is, but most shooting games have the player MANUALLY SHOOTING THE WEAPON.
Well back in the day, sure. But nowadays if shooting doesn't either
A) cost you ammo or
stop your from moving
... or really have any negative aspects, there is pretty much always an autofire option. Now, it's of course up to the OP and it's not a big deal, I just wanted to point out it that nowadays it's very common. Admittedly, maybe it might feel better without it for nostalgia's sake, but I did play Contra 3 and beat it, and I definately would have preferred an autofire.
Seriously, have you even played the Contra series? Why do you even bother if you didn't?
Now, I still think I'm misunderstanding you here. Because I'm assuming you mean autofire like the player doesn't have to press any buttons and the character automatically fires for you. If that's not what you mean, and if you mean simply holding down a fire button, well that's already implemented. I'm sorry, but I honestly haven't come across any mainstream game (mobile ones don't count) where the game shoots for you. Even today, unlike what you said, many games require you to PRESS A BUTTON to shoot.
The fact that you played Contra III and would have preferred autofire says more about you than the game. You're not cut out for this genre of game because this is probably the first time I heard someone complain that the game (Contra III) doesn't shoot for them.
Part of the challenge with these kinds of games are that you have to know how to fire and be able to maneuver around to avoid attacks. That's what Contra is also about. Taking that out because someone is lazy or has really bad finger coordination is stupid to say the least.
@interpolicer, that kind of autofire is already in the game. You simply hold down the fire button and the character shoots. Greep wants the game to hold his hand by automatically shooting without him pressing any buttons. Also, Contra 4 didn't have the same autofire style as Contra III or some others; however, it's considered one the BEST Contra games and one of the best DS games.
Edited by emjeeman, 24 February 2012 - 08:25 PM.