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Konami's arcade shooter needs a home gun

By James Stevenson     October 12, 2001

Arcades are typically known for some of the more inventive games and ways to play games. On a typical visit to a decent arcade, you'll find pod racers, wave runners, dance pads and most importantly, guns for shooting games. SILENT SCOPE 2: DARK SILHOUETTE puts you in the roll of a sniper, and while the Playstation 2 version is a good variation of the arcade version, not having the sniper rifle hurts.

In the arcade version of SILENT SCOPE you use one eye to spot for bad guys, point your rifle in the general direction, and then focus in with the scope to make sure you get the hit. The Playstation 2 doesn't do a bad job in converting this, as switching views is the press of a button away. The problem is that it's much harder to aim due to the sensitivity of the Playstation 2 controller. I found myself frequently irritated with the challenge of aiming. This hurts your time, and in most cases, SILENT SCOPE is a race against the clock.

Nonetheless, SILENT SCOPE 2 is fun to play. But it's not as fun as its arcade counterpart; after awhile, playing through the same arcade mode over and over will get stale. Fortunately, there is an enjoyable two-player mode but you'll need a couple of PS2s and TVs. Beyond that, this game won't occupy your PS2 for more than a few days.

Graphically, I was somewhat disappointed. The game looks comparable to the arcade version, but Konami doesn't really do much to emphasize the power of the Playstation 2. It doesn't help that it can be really hard to pick up on where bad guys are in your normal view. Try playing SILENT SCOPE 2 on a 13" screen and you'll realize that you might as well give up. Some more work was needed in this facet of the game.

If you can look past some horrendous voice acting, you might be satisfied with the music and sound effects in the game. I personally couldn't get past the voice acting and how it hurt the plot. There are some really dumb lines to begin with, and the bad actors don't help matters.

I like SILENT SCOPE 2. It's a fun game to play, but there are some issues on the technical side that should've been resolved. If you liked the arcade series it's probably worth picking up, especially if you have a friend to play with. Otherwise, rent it first.

Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouette

Grade: B-

Platform: Playstation 2

USBR Rating: Teen

Genre: Shooter

Players: 1-2

Save: Yes

Developer: Konami

Publisher: Konami

Suggested Retail Price: $49.99




Graphics: B

Sound: B

Gameplay: B-

Replay: C

Fun Factor: A-

Reviewer's Wild Card: A-

Overall Grade: B-




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