Japanese games are weird, but GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE and SUDA51 (Goichi Suda)’s work is even stranger, which can be felt all the way through in visual novel adventure The Silver Case.
Some developers don’t follow the rules of game design and common sense, and creative thinking leads to the most unusual projects, like Deadly Premonition, Lollypop Chainsaw, and the great No More Heroes series. They might all have their flaws, but the over-the-top violence and fun presentation make them very special indeed. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that this game, original released in 1999 without an English version, fits all these criteria.
The story about detectives working for the 24 Wards Heinous Crimes Unit who are in pursuit of Kamui Uehara, a supposedly dead serial killer who assassinated government officials 20 years ago and seems to have returned is quite strange as it is. Playing as a member of the Special Forces Unit “Republic”, the first-person adventure game requires deduction and puzzle solving skills, interrogating people and finding clues in a world full of psychopaths, corrupt corporate executives, etc. The original Playstation game received an English translation and some more tweaks in this HD remaster, although it remains to be seen how good the end result actually is, considering that there are some complaints about the text quality. However, if it’s as weird and wonderful as all other SUDA51 games, it should be a must-have title.
It’s now available on PC with a 10% launch discount that will last until October 14, 12:59 PM UTC. The Deluxe Edition includes an art book, a digital comic and the game’s soundtrack.
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