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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 You can call up for backup menu to see Rio's inventory or possible new questions available for consultations
Lifeline PlayStation 2 When you know which are the weak points of an enemy creature, you can tell Rio where to shoot for better effect
Lifeline PlayStation 2 Beside the main story, you can try out various bonus mini-games
Lifeline PlayStation 2 Rio seems to be locked in prison cell for her own protection, but she's not a patient girl, and so you help her break free

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

Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2004 8.75 out of 10 88
Worth Playing Mar 27, 2004 8 out of 10 80
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
GamePro (US) Mar 26, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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JPaterson (9147) added Lifeline (PlayStation 2) on Jul 06, 2004