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Much like snipers in the field who waits for their target, Xbox owners needed a lot of patience for a solid shooting game to appear in their sights. Now the patience pays off?not just with one venerable Silent Scope game, but with the entire classic series for the price of only one. Bullseye!
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I remember a good while ago when my brother and myself and a bunch of friends went out for St. Patrick's Day to have a good time. While at this bar we stumbled upon a little game called Silent Scope. The arcade cabinet had a cool gun built into itself, and it was fun as hell just sitting there being a hardcore sniper, picking off terrorists. That was days before September 11, and now this game has even more meaning to some of us. Now the great people at Konami has given us what could be the coolest Light Gun package to date. Silent Scope Complete is now for the Microsoft Xbox. It is the complete Silent Scope series in one nice package. You get Silent Scope 1, 2, 3 and Silent Scope EX. So let me break down the series and tell you a little bit about each title featured in Silent Scope Complete.
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The XBox controller works very well with these games, but this package also supports a green sniper gun sold separately and made by Pelican. This huge gun certainly adds realism, but in order for it to work you'll need to crank the brightness way up on your TV. This makes it really hard to see some of the terrorists (particularly in the snow stages), and has a detrimental effect on the gameplay in general. Calibration is a pain, and the "kickback" feature is a complete joke - it sounds like something is rattling loose inside the gun. I'd only recommend the gun to die hard fans, but I'm recommend the game to all shooter fans.
There was just something about Konami’s Silent Scope games that had wandering arcade gamers stop and surrender their quarters so willingly. Perhaps it was the novelty of raising that super cool sniper rifle attached to the cabinet or the feel of the trigger as you anticipate your target’s next move before you decide to squeeze off a round to take him out. Or maybe--just maybe--gamers started playing it because Silent Scope (and its four sequels) are just that much fun to play. Being a fan of the series myself, it came as pleasant news that Konami decided to bundle the complete series exclusively for the Xbox.
"Arcade perfect." Over the years, the meaning of these two words, and the expectations that they're raised, have changed significantly. Back in the 16-bit days, "arcade-perfect" meant that the game sprites sort of looked like the ones we saw in the arcade version, and the MIDI music might have sounded like the thumping tunes of the arcade if we tilted our ears (and our minds) a certain way. Back then, people were happy with this, because it was all that was feasible. If they wanted a true arcade fix, they would (surprise!) go to the arcade and play the real thing.
When Silent Scope first hit arcades way back when, it caught the eye of more than a few arcade-goers because of its not-so-subtle gimmick: the sniper rifle. Playing a government-aided professional sniper, having a model sniper gun to use in the arcades, complete with working scope, was innovative and fun. Unfortunately, console ports of the game lacked light gun support, though they still did a decent job of keeping in spirit with the game.
Voici une compilation qui n'est pas à négliger. On tourne vite en rond sachant que les modes de jeu se ressemblent d'un titre à l'autre mais vous en aurez malgré tout pour vos deniers si vous êtes un adepte du snipe. Vendu à 30 euros, Silent Scope Collection est un bon investissement, peu évolué graphiquement, critiquable sur sa jouabilité au pad mais bel et bien prenant d'un bout à l'autre de ses missions.
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If guns games are your thing, then "Silent Scope Complete" offers an entertaining thrill ride. There's plenty of gameplay thanks to the inclusion of the entire series, and plenty of sadistic (yet patriotic) opportunities for head and body shots make this a worthwhile addition to the Xbox's nearly empty light-gun library. It's certainly not a great game, and looks extremely dated, but still worth some shooting time.
The original Silent Scope was a modest 1999 coin-op hit with a clever gimmick: an eyepiece with a miniature monitor that displayed a magnified view of whatever the player's gun was pointed at. Konami cranked out two sequels in '00 and '01, then ported the individual titles to the PS2. Now Xbox owners get all three games, along with the formerly PS2-exclusive Silent Scope 3, on a single DVD. Ain't multi-gigabyte storage media grand?
One of the major contributors to the slow-but-inevitable demise of the arcade light-gun game has been the fact that whether you're shooting futuristic cyborgs or zombified circus clowns, it's all pretty much the same. Konami threw a refreshing spin on the formula in 1999 with Silent Scope, a game with a surprisingly engrossing piece of proprietary hardware and a greater focus on accuracy than had been paid by previous light-gun games. Konami has gone on to develop three more Silent Scope games and is now putting all four games into a single package on the Xbox in Silent Scope Complete. The fundamental problem here, though, is that the Silent Scope series has not been exempt from the law of diminishing returns. So after a full four games and little innovation on the core concept, it's just not a very appealing package anymore.