Snatcher, a cyberpunk adventure! For those not in the know, Snatcher is a sci-fi adventure game directed by Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear fame. Originally released on the MSX and PC-88 in Japan, it was later remade for the PC Engine (or the TurboGrafx-16 as it is known in the States), and ported to the Playstation and Sega Saturn. It was also released for the Sega CD with full English voice acting, which is the version I will be playing.
Let's get started!
You wouldn't want to confuse it with the catastrophic extinction event that actually happened in 1996.
Because I could not get the intro to work for some reason, here it is on youtube. Now I don't have to type up the plot for you!
It is the future. You are johnny-come-lately Junker recruit Gillian Seed. Junker is a kind of special police force specifically tasked with eliminating bio-terminator body snatchers. He's also one of the tomatoes or something. Memories, past, Paradigm City. Whatever! Let's get crackin'!
Ya sure can! Open the friggin' door!
Yes. Please tell me all about the job I have been "training extensively" for that I should logically know more about than you, a lowly desk jockey.
I'm new in town. What's city life like?
Good old xenophobic Japan.
Ok, enough dicking around/flirting with Mika. Let's hit the elevator.
We have to visit every location before we can move on(and often choose every action possible). It's just that kind of game. I will spare you the drudgery.
I've finally got a handle on this, so updates will come pretty fast. After I save a screencap I have to convert it to PNG because photobucket is an assbucket and won't host bitmaps.
As you can see above, I will be posting youtube vids with the BGMs for the part of the game I am currently in because the music in this game is incredibly good.
NEXT POST: We meet our boss and our new partner! FIND OUT NEXT TIME ON DRAGON BALL Z
There are five Junker bylaws. Because I guess that's all special police forces need. Because they aren't bound by civil law.
(1) Kill Terminators Snatchers
(2) Don't kill people
(3) No evidence, no shooty
(4) You gotta help out bounty hunters. Did someone at Junker lose a bet or something?
(5) YOU GET:
NAVI RUSH CYCLEROCKET CAR TURBOCYCLE
that's not really a bylaw so much as it is an inventory but who's counting.
Cunningham also gives you your ID card and your per diem. We need to go see Harry to get the hook-up with our other equipment.
You are a runner. You splo stuff up. Jean Jack Gibson is the only other one. We'll meet him later. There are only five Junker employees, counting you. If Snatchers were such a big menace don't you think they'd have, oh, six?
I suppose it ought to be mentioned that the poster on the wall is supposed to be Marilyn Monroe. It's really obvious in every other version of the game, but they changed it quite a bit for the Sega CD release. Legal issues?
Unfortunately, the "English" fan translation of the original MSX release leaves something to be desired.
I tend to think that the PC Engine and Sega CD versions have the best looking and most faithful graphics.
I know if I was going to put myself in life-or-death situations with killer robots, I'd put my fate in the hands of a drunk.
Harry won't be here until we exhaust every possible action elsewhere. Whee. Let's check out the detective room.
NOW I AM SLIGHTLY TO THE RIGHT OF THE CENTER OF THE SCREEN.
In the MSX version you could look at a different part of Mika's anatomy. Repeatedly. In nearly every room. Gillian Seed is one classy man.
This room is extremely boring, and there is nothing you can interact with in any meaningful way. Let's try somewhere else.
My trigger finger is itchy. Since Harry is nowhere to be found, you don't have a gun yet. But after pestering Mika she lets you borrow hers. Why a secretary should have what is described as a standard issue side arm is beyond me.
It's pretty straightforward, but if you fuck up in the MSX version against real enemies it's instant game over. Hopefully the Sega CD version is a little more forgiving. At least I don't have to aim with a numpad!
Mika is harrassing me to go see Harry, so I guess he must be there now.
It's about time your sorry ass showed up.
Harry is convinced he has seen amnesia-riddled Gillian before. FOOOORESHADOWING? There is also a mysteeeeeriously cropped photo of Harry when he was a kid. But who cares? Gimme my dang stuff!
"I know, I know! All right, allow me to introduce the navigator which I designed especially for you. Hey, Metal Gear, get out here!"
Meet Metal Gear Mk. II. You may recognize him from La-Mulana or Metal Gear Solid 4. He will be acting as your personal robot assistant and comic relief.
Saving, flashlight, inventory, video phone. This little guy's got it all! Speaking of which, an incoming call from Jean Jack! Even though they pronounce it Jean Jacque! But let's not get hung up on details.
He's cornered a possible Snatcher in an abandoned warehouse. You've gotta jet out there and back him up, pronto! But not before some pointless filibustering and
A GUN. LET'S ROLL.
Now that Mini Metal has joined our party, we can save.
It is so great that they would dedicate an old Sega game to all the real-life cyberpunks who fight against injustice and corruption every day of their lives. I love those guys.
I would complain about that not making any sense, but as far as outlandish bullshit goes for Hideo Kojima, this is pretty tame. If you haven't played it though it does get kind of stupid as it goes on. And very violent!
Snatcher can take refuge in being science fiction, where pretty much anything flies. MGS is just a complete mess. But then I think I might just be desensitized to the sort of ridiculosity in Snatcher because it borrows so heavily from Blade Runner, The Terminator ... and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, natch.
I would just like to point out that ever since the initial meeting with Mika at her desk where Gillian gets an obvious eyefull down her blouse she makes it her habit to always keep a stack of files held up protectively in front of her when walking around.
I hear this whenever I think of poorly-written amnesia. Or the words "memories", "40 years ago" or "the city of amnesia".
I love how they make a big deal of Mika being sealed behind glass, and yet there is no assurance that Gillian himself is not a Snatcher. And, presumably, anyone could just walk in with her having left her post.
As you might expect, as an adventure game, Snatcher has a lot of dialog. I cut most of it out for two reasons. The first being that I really don't need it to do this and it would take twice as long, and the second being that if you see this and are inspired to play it yourself I haven't completely spoiled the game.
Apologies. I'm having emulator difficulties. I think I need to find a new ISO.
The game hangs or skips certain parts because there are supposed to be regular CD audio tracks indexed at certain points that aren't there. I've tried generating a cue file with my current ISO but it just skips the scenes instead of playing them.
EDIT: All fixed. The intro plays now and everything!