The House of the Dead 2 is amazing, probably the best light gun game ever made. However Sega have released a new light gun game with a plot taken straight from the self destructing IMF briefs. For those of you who are familiar with the arcade version you will be pleased to note that many extra modes have been added to the Dreamcast Version.
standard arcade mode is joined by an excellent training mode, which is
very addictive and harder than THOTD2 training missions. A special partner
mode has also been added, in this mode player one can only shoot the pink
people whilst player two has to shoot the blue people.
may sound strange, but this partner compatibility test is an excellent
addition to the main game. Other modes that you open up will all be
familiar to anyone who has played Virtua Cop. After finishing the game
under various conditions you can play through the game with the enemies
appearing in slightly different places.
First those of us who have played any light gun game before will know the score, and in that sense we are already prepared if you get my drift. However worst of all is that the default continue setting is 9!! This you cannot change until you finish the game! Changing the difficulty to hard or very hard and also changing the shooting area can make confidential Mission harder. Basically the shooting area controls how accurate your shots have to be, by changing it to 'large' if you fire in the vague direction of an enemy then you will kill him. I find the best set up is on hard with continues set to suit your ability and the shooting area set to small with the Virtua Cop targeting system set to off.
Mission breaks up the shooting action with various route-altering
challenges, these challenges are few and only deviate from the main path
for a very short while.
first task is when you are trapped in a gas chamber and you have to equip
your adhesive bullet to plug up the holes. Depending on how you do sets
the next scene. If you plug up all the holes then you escape unharmed,
however if the gas gets you then the whole screen goes a shade of green
and will begin to distort and warp.
Bosses in CF are much better designed than those in THOTD2. The first and
third level shoot outs see you running around boxes and walls and exhibits
trying to pick off the enemy, this is far more preferable than the
standard shooting fare that THOTD2 offered.
Mission's graphics are very high quality, which you would expect of a game
that is 'on rails'. The environments are well constructed and detailed,
and there are plenty of objects to shoot if you require. Many of the shoot
outs happen in small areas, most of which have something blocking your
line of vision if you the shooting area set to small this provides ample
voice acting is excellent, no not really it is as bad as we are all use
to. Remember the lines in THOTD2 'My friends went inside, I told them not
to go…aaahhh', well this time it is slightly better with the leading man
Howard Gibson saying lines like 'That's how they operate' and 'There not
here for the exhibits!'. Trust me you will be quoting these when you play
the game…no you will. The rest of the sound is adequate with the gun
shots sounding like what they should do, and the music providing some
suitable atmosphere at key points.
has been suggested that light gun games should be made much longer, maybe
even introducing save game positions in the middle of the levels. This I
think would be bad, as light gun games are pure arcade fun; the idea is to
get a high score and to relax after a troublesome day. The only problem I
found with Confidential Mission was when I played with 2 people the game
didn't always register my shots. This could be put down to a few things,
first I have a jap dc gun, second the second player was using the madcatz
gun and thirdly and most likely it is how the game registers the shots, as
I don't have this problem with THOTD2.
should you buy this game? Well I would say yes, if you enjoy light gun
games then you will enjoy Confidential Mission. It is not as good as The
House of the Dead 2, but it is different, and that is good. If you have a
light gun then you might as well buy this game to at least get some use
out of it. However if it were a choice between Confidential Mission and
The House of the Dead 2 then I would say check out The House of the Dead 2
review and make your own mind up.
more Tequila wobbly and fizzy please…
Agent Smith we have been expecting you!
is your drink.
hmm That’s how they operate!"
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