I know what you are talking about.
Yeah, Gradius to Me was just like that. I found it a complicated game that needed a lot of precision in order to win, or even shoot the other ships. This movie was so true about loosing in that game and restarting each level over and over again.
But, still, this movie has a lot of resemblance to some ironic and funny TV shows, like the way the main character explains some certain things and how some random events occur during the story. The graphics once again, were excellent, and I also found the story telling hilarious. This was a great critique of video games and the objective to find its strategies, and something tells me I'm going to start liking this series.