Based on the Manga comic books you can play as "Major"
Motoko Kusanagi, Batou and Tachikoma as you battle your way
through the levels to complete your mission...
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex could have been a great
game. The graphics look great and the back story is already
well known. However Ban Dai have taken a fantastic franchise
and made a total mess.
first level is frustratingly annoying. It's not that it's
taxing on the brain, just that it's almost impossible to get
your character to jump where she is supposed to. In fact,
the first time I played this I got so frustrated that I turned
it off after only 30 minutes of play. That is not a good sign.
game feels like one from the Tomb Raider franchise
(your character jumps and grabs ledges in order to progress
through some of the levels as well as shooting your way past
the bad guys). Sadly, however, it's just not up to the standard
of the Tomb Raider franchise - not even close to the
travesty that was Angel of Darkness.
also had major issues with the games rather poor auto save
feature. This actually only saves the game at the start of
each level, despite the fact it keeps telling you that it
is saving as you progress through each level. What this means
is that if you die it will back up to the last save point
and allow you to try again. However, if you switch off the
game and later try to complete a level you were stuck on,
you'll discover that the game has only saved at the start
of the level you were on - which is very frustrating.
annoying, badly designed game, that will have you moving on
to something more satisfying before you finish the first level.
However, if you are bullish enough to stick with it (hell,
if you've spent £35 you'll feel obliged to) you'll discover
that you can easily complete this game in a day. Whichever
way you look at it, this game is a huge disappointment.
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