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- 12 missions, 2 playable modes, over 15 minutes of animations, giant 360 degree 3D rendered worlds.
- Action, Action, Adventure, Third Person.
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The Human Liberation Movement is bent on destroying cyborgs. To accomplish this, they destroy the cyborg-body developer, Mega Tech Body Corporation. Unfortunately, they also kill about 100 innocent people. You take the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg assigned to the public safety bureau, Section 9. Travel through 12 top-secret missions as you try to stop the Human Liberation Movement. Thankfully, you have the services of a fuchikoma, a giant spider like tank, available to you. Should you find yourself being blown to bits on a regular basis, use the Training mode to get all of the intricacies of the controls down pat. Over 10 minutes of hand drawn animation adds substantial graphical appeal to the title. Only you can help Major Kusanagi defeat the terrorists and protect the city in GHOST IN THE SHELL.
Top Customer Reviews
Compatibility: the game will run fine on the Ps2 however you do need an ORIGINAL PS1 MEMORY CARD TO SAVE THE GAME it WILL NOT ACCEPT A PS2 MEMORY CARD, frame rates are smooth and the game is rendered well in standard definition on the ps2. when using this game on a lage plasma/lcd screen up scaling is needed to go full screen and it lookes "ok" =insanely blocky. sound wise surprisingly enough "3d surround" can be enabled in the game and if you have a 5.1/7.1 system-up scaling the sound to full 5.1/7.1 stereo sounds is eased by this and it sounds grate.
packaging wise: the stock packing is very cool the major is on the cover in a control chamber and the disk has a nicely rendered red Fuchikoma on it- back cover features green text as well as anime shots of her and Togusa with the Fuchikoma. In the manual it self, you have a full game description, character descriptions, and all essential data on how to play the game including weapons techniques.
Game level Wise:The game features 12 mini missions with 1 check point in each. The first half of each "mission" is spent accomplishing tasks, the second half is usually spent battling huge tank units. IE BOSS BATTLE. for each level, in order to complete the level you must do so with out dieing. If you get killed, back to squair one for that mission- no mid saves. on average if your good at FPS the first half of each mission can be dealt with in around 5 min if you rush- the boss battles are the tricky part. as for level design, surprisingly enough this game is mostly NOT LINEAR in style..you can choose how exactly you need to get to the end goal. And you can go ANY WHERE thanks to the Fuchikoma's ability to climb. ALSO Overall play time is probably around 5-6 hours at most.
Game play- in short you are the Majors fuchikoma tank unit, and its your job to walk, jump, slide, skid,climb, and spin your way to shooting things to pieces. Also if you have a grenade, feel free to blow stuff up too.
controls- the control of the fuchikoma is amazing- in that yes you can walk up down left and right..but you can also slide, turn, spin in mid air (if you time it right), hang off of stuff upside down 30ft in the air if you want to too..and climb on EVERYTHING...its insanely cool as to the fun one can have- the controls are also quick and responsive and are easy to get use to. Aiming is easy as well- just pull the trigger and let the auto aim and targeting do the rest- IE arcade in style
The View- granted while the game is a PS1 Game its surprising that this tech could get so close smooth textures, its SOO very close to being like Half life 1 for the ps2 its scary, overall the levels are colored well and contrast is high, no real shadows though, levels have varying designs specific to each level. so theres always something new to look at.- overall pixlation is not bad. The best part and most surprising part is the rendering of Thermoptic Camo- its amazing pure and simple..and it strobes when you shoot at things that have it...CRAZY STROBING..overall
the graphics are top notch for the system.
AI- the Ai is pretty good on objective missions, they will shoot at you and re-spawn. Ai bosses are very smart but can have there attack patterns thought out pretty quickly...
music:Old school clean with good beats and pleasing to the ears! multi channel midi tracks with a bit of bass!..
sound: good gunshots, walking noise, helicopter noise and a bunch of other really well done sound sound effects.
GITS TILT FACTOR!:
this game has massive tilt for a gits fan, firstly the voice cast is the original American voice cast from the movie, Also the people who made the movie are the ones who primarily wrote the game-SO for every mission you are treated to a story video that moves the game along- the videos are fully animated Gits movie style cut scenes and in these scenes we get see the Major, Togusa, Batuo, Ishikawa, and Aramaki-fully enveloped in the gits universe. ALSO story wise the game fits right in with the original graphic novel time line. Furthermore, because of the movie teams involvement, the overall presentation of it from the start screen to the saves and high score board feels as if it came directly from the movie.
IN THE END:
if your a gits fan BUY IT
if your a gamer BUY IT FOR SOME RETRO FUN
AND! since this game is getting to be more rare...its a collectors item!..
If there is any slight disappointment in this excellent game, it is that the game only involves Fuchikomas. After reading the Ghost in the Shell manga and seeing the first film, one would expect to be able to play as Major Motoko Kusanagi. I guess that you do get to play as her--she's piloting the tank. This problem has been remedied in the new Ghost in the Shell game for the Playstation 2.
What is especiallly cool about this game is that the anime cut scenes were made by the same people who made the original film, but it is all brand-new footage. It is a little bit grainy because it's on the original Playstation, but fans of Ghost in the Shell will enjoy the scenes. The dubbing is by the same people who did the English-language dub for the film--too bad it's not in Japanese, but it is a neat attempt at continuity. I recommend playing through the training missions too. Try getting bad scores, good scores and great scores in the training--there is a variety of different brief anime clips that you get to see when you earn different scores in the training. Plus, the training mode is fun, which is often not the case in video games.
Of course, since we're talking about a game that came out for the original Playstation some years back the graphics won't be up to the same standards as current games. Plus, there are a couple of features that seem a little quaint--enemies re-spawn if you leave and come back.
Bottom line, this is a fantastic game. The game play is well-designed, the game is fun, and the game is especially good for fans of the Ghost in the Shell series.
i mean, what could possibly be great on a 30mhz processor? Ghost in the Shell.
it plays like a modern (2003) shooter. it's mission oriented, you get animation similar to the movie/manga, wow. fun for fans of the movie, or the comic, or for fans of action games! this is better to me than Mario 64, mostly because of the thoughtful camera angle. it is a third person game, but you never lose sight of where you're aiming, nor does backing up into a wall interfere with the camera or your sight. very polished, i wish i could shake the programmers' hands. no kidding.
Plot: You are a rookie at Public Security Section 9. You pilot a Fuchikoma tank
and stop terrorists, the Human Liberation Front in Newport City. 9/10
Graphics: The Graphics are very colorful and work very well between area's from sewers to the city. 7/10
Sound: The soundtrack was very well placed and even got its own album Ghost in the Shell: Megatech Body 7/10
Gameplay: From climbing buildings to fighting bosses the Gameplay is great and action packed. The downside is I hated the timed missions 8/10
Overall: it is very different than the shooters of the time as it was very different than Doom. This is a must have, for and Gits or 1st and 3rd person tank game fans alike. 7.75