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Enemy Zero

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MobyRank MobyScore
SEGA Saturn
74
3.8
Windows
49
4.0
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Description

Enemy Zero is one of the horror titles by Warp, closely connected to D (and its sequel D2 for Dreamcast). It also features the same heroine as in D series.

The crew members of the spaceship Aki were in a state of suspended animation. All of a sudden, the ship emergency program woke them up. What has happened? Apparently, a hostile alien life form had penetrated the spaceship. Now Laura, the heroine of the game, has to establish contact with her comrades, finding her way through the maze-like corridors of the giant vessel. She will also have to defend herself against the aliens, which seem even more intimidating because they are totally invisible.

The game consists of two genres: puzzle-solving adventure and shooter. When you enter a room, the enemies can't attack you, and you can explore it from 1st person perspective, taking objects, and solving puzzles. When you wander through ship corridors, you enter the 1st person shooter mode. Since the enemies are invisible, you'll have to listen to the sounds they make. A high sound means an enemy is right in front of you; a mid-range sound means it is attacking from the side; a low-pitched noise tells you it is behind you. You can figure out the distance between you and the enemy by the intensity of the sound.

Screenshots

Enemy Zero Windows The Brutal Attack on the Airship
Enemy Zero SEGA Saturn Someone has helpfully graffitied this alien-harboring door with the Enemy Zero logo...
Enemy Zero Windows Laura's back... and she's BAD!
Enemy Zero Windows Strange Light Butterfly

Alternate Titles

  • "E0" -- Official abbreviation
  • "エネミー・ゼロ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Mega Score SEGA Saturn Feb, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Dec, 1997 89 out of 100 89
neXGam SEGA Saturn 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Play Windows Dec, 1998 72 out of 100 72
Jeuxvideo.com SEGA Saturn Mar 11, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Dec 02, 1998 13 out of 20 65
Gamesmania Windows 1998 65 out of 100 65
SEGA-Portal.de SEGA Saturn Sep 10, 2009 4 out of 10 40
PC Gaming World Windows Jun, 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Génération 4 Windows Dec, 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17

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Trivia

Development

The game was originally envisioned for the PlayStation, but it was eventually moved to the Saturn.

Music

The game music was done by the minimalist English composer Michael Nyman. The songs were recorded at the Abbey Road studio, known for The Beatles.

Special edition

There was an edition of the Saturn version limited to 20 copies that cost about 2,000 per piece. Although nothing was different about the release itself, it was hand-delivered by Kenji Eno at your home.

Voice acting

Jill Cunniff, singer/songwriter/bassist for the band Luscious Jackson provided the voice for Laura in the English versions. Since Laura remains mute throughout the game itself (as in D) you will only hear Jill's contributions in the brief "story so far" summary when loading your game from the voice recorder.

Information alos contributed by BurningStickMan
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