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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Platform(s): PSP, PlayStation 2
Genre: Action
Publisher: Bandai

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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex' (PS2) Coming to Europe - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 1, 2004 @ 2:57 a.m. PST

In the futuristic world of "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex," crime knows no limits. Gamers can face off against cyber-criminals as members of Section 9, an elite group of secret intelligence operatives tasked to keep technological terrorists at bay. Players must use "Major" Motoko Kusanagi's agility, her partner Batou's strength, the rookie Togusa's stealth, or Saito's sniper skills to unravel the mysteries of Berutarube.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex puts players in the shoes of one of 3 characters from the series; Major Motoko Kusanagi, Bateau, or the Tachikoma spider tank. The story begins when Major Kusanagi and Section 9 officer Bateau are sent on a mission to shatter the illegal arms trade of a fearsome terrorist organisation, gradually unveiling a dark conspiracy.

The ability to hack into the minds of enemy's brain and temporarily control them lets players launch devastating attacks from within the enemy ranks and makes for incredibly original gameplay. Laying waste to an unsuspecting host of opponents by controlling the mind of one of their own kind is an exhilarating experience, and even when they realise and gun their assailant down, the connection simply closes and control reverts to the player's chosen character who remains completely unharmed.

"The Ghost in the Shell universe is an incredible setting for a video game, and fans of the anime and keen action gamers alike will find Bandai's Ghost in the Shell®: Stand Alone Complex a thoroughly absorbing experience," said Martin Spiess, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Atari Europe. "The gorgeous visual presentation and original electronic musical score create a really intense atmosphere, and hacking into the minds of enemies and machines to control their actions adds a thoroughly new and engrossing dimension to the gameplay."

The game has been designed to appeal to all fans of action games as well as devotees of the Ghost in the Shell franchise. The engaging single player story mode drops players quickly into the heart of the high-kicking action. Gameplay is fluid and beautiful, with moves and combos drawn straight from the anime series and stunning slow-mo graphical presentation of killer moves.

Over the 12 levels in the game, players will undergo the mission using an arsenal of 15 different kinds of weapons, including sniper rifles, sub-machine guns and missile launchers. Deathmatch and co-op multiplayer modes allow up to 4 players to battle it out in split-screen over 7 exclusive maps. Completing the story mode will unlock a host of hidden features, and 10 levels of difficulty will ensure a tough fight for even the most experienced gamers.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex for the PlayStation 2 will be available across Europe in March 2005. The DVD series of the same name is confirmed for release in Europe over the coming months. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is published by Bandai and distributed by Atari Europe SASU in Europe.

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