More Reviews
REVIEWS Dokuro (PC) Review
Dokuro makes the jump from handheld to PC, but does it help or hinder this unusual platformer?

About Love, Hate, and the other Review
Simple feelings. Complex puzzles.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Evolve Preview
With multiplayer action set as its focus, Evolve surprised us earlier this month by introducing a single-player campaign mode where you can switch between mercenaries.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Kalimba
Release date: Out Now

Persona 5
Release date: 12/31/14

Motorcycle Club
Release date: 01/01/15

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
Release date: 01/20/15


LATEST FEATURES Sony, The Interview, and Why Gamers Should Be Paying Attention
The fallout from the movie's cancellation reaches far wider than just Hollywood.

Downloadable Content Walks the Line Between Fun and Frenzied in Middle-earth
I don’t even care all that much for the Lords of the Rings brand, which makes the content falling under Shadow of Mordor’s Season Pass a pleasant surprise.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Black Friday 2014 Video Game Deals Buyer's Guide
Looking to score the most bang for your buck the day after Thanksgiving? Well look no further! Our Black Friday guide is just the tool you need.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP ryanbates
Gamer Love
By ryanbates
Posted on 12/19/14
When a player one meets his or her player two, it's a beautiful thing. Check out this cake my friend and GameRevolution reader Lindsey L. gave her sweetums on their two-year anniversary!   ...

Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouette Review

Johnny_Liu By:
Johnny_Liu
09/01/01
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS 1- 2 
PUBLISHER Konami 
DEVELOPER Konami 
RELEASE DATE  
M Contains Blood, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

From Matrix to Marksman.

Falcon, the hero of the original Silent Scope, has returned and he's brought his gun along with him. This time, though, he has shed his boy band image and has become a much more mature looking marksman. That is, if you consider Keanu Reeves more mature looking. Falcon has got company; the government has enlisted Jackal, another top level sniper, to hunt down those terrorists with extreme aggression. Who does Jackal look like? I dunno...Ed Begley Jr.?

Interestingly enough, gamers have a love-hate relationship with the Silent Scope games. In the arcades, SS2 is most excellent. Who wouldn't get a kick out of a sniper game with a giant rifle and magnifying viewfinder? The home translation, on the other hand, dips to the bogus side of the scale mainly due to the lack of an actual gun.

Once again, you'll have to settle for the standard controller, making the sniping experience entirely different from its arcade counterpart. It's just brutally obvious that the rifle made the game. The realism and sense of control just can't be matched with a controller.

I know that bringing on a full bonafide rifle is economically unfeasible, but why not light gun support, with the viewfinder on screen? A light gun would enhance the experience a thousand fold over the use of a measly cursor. The act of shooting is holding a gun, aiming, and pulling the trigger. I know I'd rather be shoving quarters into a Silent Scope 2 arcade machine rather than renting the PS2 version.

If they are translating arcade games so half-wittedly, then why not bring out Silent Scope: Token Shot as well? (I kid you not - Silent Scope: Token Shot is a real ticket redemption game).

That said, Silent Scope 2 makes the best of the situation. There are several control options here to putz around with, enabling you to vary the aiming speed. With enough tinkering, you should be able to come up with something that works for you.

The gameplay is basically the same as always. You come to memorize where the opponents are, and you nail them in the head, the chest, or the ever-comical shot to the crotch. Since gamers are forced to use a controller rather than some kind of gun, Silent Scope 2 becomes a test of memory and repetition.

In addition to scads of bad guys, you are fighting the ever-dwindling clock. When the clock is almost up, the game puts a countdown timer in front of your viewfinder. It's definitely annoys rather than add to the tension.

Graphics are straight out of the arcade. Not a huge departure from the original Silent Scope, and very average compared to what the PS2 has proved possible. Still, there are some updated touches here and there, such as the X-ray viewer you can use to scope out the baddies' skeletons in the dark. Incidentally, Keanu has been quoted saying that he is afraid of the dark. Just a coincidence? Hmmm"

The sound effects have their ups and downs. They really nailed the 'fwip!' of the sniper rifle and the majority of the background audio doesn't get in the way, but boy, does the voice acting suck.

Like the Arcade original, Silent Scope 2 offers both cooperative and one on one sniping by linking two PS2's together. But who has two PS2s, two copies of Silent Scope 2 and the ever elusive link cable? Right, three of you, tops. Though it's unlikely you'll ever use this feature, I'm still glad they put it in.

Silent Scope 2 has got more game than its predecessor with some updated touches and duel options, but in the end, that's not saying much. This is one port that went from arcade star to console dog. Heinous, dude.

C- Revolution report card
  • More varied than original
  • Customizable controls
  • Option for versus link
  • Doesn't hold a candle next to arcade original
  • Rote memorization
  • It's just not fun without the gun
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouette