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Lifeline (PlayStation 2)

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Description

The year is 2029. The date is Christmas Eve. At the grand opening of the Japan Space Station Hotel, a horde of creatures bursts into the hotel and they start killing everyone. You manage to escape, but you are trapped inside a security room with no chance of getting out. Your only hope lies in Rio, a lone woman, whom you guide by talking to her. Guide her well, and she may be able to rescue you. Rely on her, for she is your one and only life line.

Lifeline is the first game on the PlayStation 2 that is entirely voice controlled. You do not directly control Rio. Instead, you speak to her and tell her what to do. If you want her to open the bathroom door, tell her to open the bathroom door. If there is a keycard laying on the table, tell her to pick it up. If a monster is closing in that she can't shoot, tell her to run away. You explore the entire Space Station Hotel, from the kitchen to maintenance to bedrooms to bathrooms, finding items and encountering a slew of different enemies.

The game recognizes over two thousand words and phrases. Commands generally consists of a noun and a verb, but many of those can be combined into a single command (e.g. reload, shoot, retreat). Rio can also be ordered to target specific parts of enemies to exploit their weaknesses and players can also change the attack order in a similar fashion.

A headset is required to play the game, from a game bundle, a third-party headset, or any headset compatible with USB.

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Lifeline PlayStation 2 During her (and yours) exploration, Rio will come across many poor souls that were killed by these unknown monsters
Lifeline PlayStation 2 You can tell Rio to cruise around the room so you can get a better picture at the situation, since camera is bound to her
Lifeline PlayStation 2 Tutorial tests you by pronouncing certain words, like PlayStation
Lifeline PlayStation 2 During her exploration, you can look at the map while game will still run in the background without pausing

Alternate Titles

  • "Operator's Side" -- Japanese title
  • "Life-Line" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

Not as interactive as I'd hoped. Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars

The Press Says

Gaming Target Mar 09, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
DreamStation.cc Mar 31, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Netjak May 24, 2004 7.4 out of 10 74
Next Level Gaming Mar 15, 2004 70 out of 100 70
GamerDad May 01, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
IGN Mar 03, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
Gaming Age Mar 23, 2004 B- 67
Game Chronicles Mar 07, 2004 6.6 out of 10 66
GameSpot Mar 02, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
UOL Jogos Apr 21, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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JPaterson (9160) added Lifeline (PlayStation 2) on Jul 06, 2004