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Silent Bomber

by Bandai
PlayStation
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  • ASIN: B00004S4YB
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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What happens when you take Metal Gear Solid, Bomberman, Trap Gunner, and Soukyugurentai and lock them in a room with a bottle of wine and three loaves of bread? In about nine months you get Silent Bomber, an unnaturally kick-ass action game from the unlikeliest of sources - Bandai, a company better known for churning out Gundam game after Gundam game. Silent Bomber, simply put, is one of the most visceral, fast-paced, playable PlayStation games to arrive in the fading days of the 32-bit system. In Silent Bomber, you assume the role of Jutah (pronounced Utah) Fate, a nondescript man who must save the world from... some sort of... evil or something. The storyline is little more than a catalyst for you to embark on one of the coolest games to arrive on the PlayStation in some time. Amazingly, the premise is simpler than the storyline. Throughout a well-balanced series of levels, you must navigate Jutah through hostile territory, bombing the bejesus out of the opposition, who vary in complexity and challenge. For example, while the first few sets of enemies are mindless drones who simply veer around the stage, lobbing shots in your general direction, later enemies deliberately swarm around you, mindful of your positioning, and attack with bombs, guns, and swords. To negotiate with these enemies, you have a number of options available to you. Your first and most basic attack is the standard lock-on bomb. When you press down and hold the attack button, a targeting arc will extend and lock on to whatever enemy happens to be in range. Once locked on, pressing the attack button again will launch a series of bombs and plant them on the enemy. The number of bombs you plant is determined by how many times you press the button and how many bombs you are allowed to carry. The number of bombs you carry is, in turn, determined by how many E-Chips you've found, but more on that later. Once the bombs are planted, you detonate them by pressing the triangle button, and depending on the strength of the opponent, he'll either be destroyed or require repeat attempts. Enemies are not the only object you can blow up either. In each level, there are gun turrets, robot-manufacturing plants, and simple structures, including glass windows, which can be blown up. If you destroy the structures that look almost like trash cans each one will leave behind items for you to collect. Certain structures will leave behind the aforementioned E-Chips, which, when gathered in volume, can be cashed in for power upgrades like increased bomb capacity, increased targeting arc range, and increased defense armor. Other power-ups left behind will give you either one of two health refills or one of three material liquids - gravity, electricity, or napalm. Each of the material liquids is effective in its own way, and they are much more than gratuitously palette-swapped smart bombs. Electricity material will stun and inflict great damage to enemies. Napalm will leave behind a large blanket of fire on the ground that will cause continued damage as long as the enemy remains inside it. Gravity liquid is perhaps the most effective of the three. Not only will it suck your opponents into a vortex, but it will also suck in shots and let you continuously plant regular bombs on your foes while they are trapped in the vortex. These weapons are particularly useful when you reach the boss levels. Varying wildly in challenge and style, each new boss will test your reflexes and resourcefulness. You are also equipped with a couple of other moves to aid you in your quest: a jump, a climbing jump, and a burst drive. The burst drive is essentially a dash, which can be done on the ground or in midair. The jumps are self-explanatory, and they can help you reach hard-to-grab items. The game isn't short, and it will require plenty of time, lives, and patience to get past the final few hours of gameplay. Cranking the gameplay a few notches above typical is the combo system in Silent Bomber. Later in the game, after you've amassed a larger cache of bombs, you can plant them on multiple enemies at one time. Detonating the bombs all at one time and simultaneously destroying all the enemies will garner more points than if you disposed of them one at a time. Another way to score even more points is to plant all your bombs on one foe, wait until other enemies are within the explosion radius, and set off the bombs. Destroying multiple enemies with one exploding enemy will trigger a combo bonus worth more points. At the end of every level is a Street Fighter-like tally of time and health remaining and combo points accrued, and you'll receive an overall score. --James Mielke
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good; pronounced strengths and flaws. April 9, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I played one level of this game on the demo disc to OPM magazine and I was quite impressed. Lightning-paced action, unusual attack methods (bombs), good graphics, and a comparably old-school approach that's rarely found these days.
Silent Bomber isn't all good: OPM's review mentioned "awful voice acting" and I thought it wouldn't matter, but at this level of ineptitude it did. I don't want to save my teammates, especially that "Tim" guy who doesn't want to shut up. So the story for this game's a total bust. Controls are also not as good as they should be; when too many enemies appear onscreen, the computer will sacrifice your button response; I can't tell you how many times I've been hit just because the slowdown prevented me from detonating bombs I've already set.
Other than that, a good game, fairly mindless, with its unique charms. I just wish they would've worked on the story and character aspects if they were going to include any story at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Coolest games on the PS.... but July 22, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Silent Bomber is like a cold ice pack down your spine on a hot day - one of the most goddamn playable, challenging, fresh and ADDICTIVE games on the PS. Alas, it would seem that this gem will fade into obscurity and never get the deserved attention it should and become a cult classic. Which would be a travesty because the control system is so tight, the graphics are nice - not mindblowing but nothing to complain about, the explosions are HUGE and totally excellent (which make up for the "really rubbish" voices in the game), but the gameplay... ah, the gameplay. Sweet as nectar is the gameplay. Like the total opposite of Metal Gear Solid because blowing stuff up instead of sneakin' around is about 99% of the game. This may sound pretty lame, but it ain't. The satisfaction of blowing everything up when you are totally outnumbered is immense and quite disturbing as a result. Silent Bomber is big, bad and very very cool. Check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For experts only! August 4, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Silent Bomber is definetly one the coolest games I've ever played, but it's also the hardest. It offers incredible (and nearly impossible at times) missions, good storyline, and great CGI movies. The characters voices can be somewhat lame and the main character, Jutah's, appearance in the movies borders on shemale. The worst thing about the game is the difficulty. I can't beat the last guy even with the new gameshark cdx! It does offer amazing vr training and cool enemies, though. Like I said, experts only!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Bomber For The Playstation December 3, 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
About 10 years ago, I played the demo for this game and loved it. I gave the demo to a friend who wouldn't stop begging me to borrow it because he thought the game was so cool. I gave it to him, and never got it back. Anyway, life went on and then I thought to myself, "all those great Playstation classics that I lost, I need to get them back." So this game came to mind and I was really pleased with it even after so much time had pass. A really innovative platformer, Silent Bomber is fun and challenging. I'm in the process of completing it so I can play the other classics I lost. Great throwback game if you feel the need to take a break from current generation (PS3) games. I got 8 more PS classics to go.
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