SILENT SCOPE (US)

from Konami Digital Entertainment, originally released 23rd April, 2009

Silent Scope is a rail shooter port of the arcade classic.


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Silent Scope Review

Konami resurrects an arcade classic in its iDevice version of Silent Scope, a rail shooter that pits a group of terrorists against a super-sniper in a mission to save the President and the first family.

But despite memories of the arcade fresh in our mind, the clumsy aiming and high price tag outweighs any sense of nostalgia. At least not for $5.99.

Check out the full video review after the jump.

It’s time to hit the arcade and revisit good old 3D shooter, Silent Scope… Well sort of. You’ll see what I mean.

Silent Scope puts you be on a mission to save the President and his family from a group of terrorists with your amazing sniper skills. In the end, the country should be safe because of your over-the-top abilities.

Controls work by double tapping the touch screen to zoom in, then tapping once to shoot. Slide your finger to look around and aim. This may sound fun and easy but the controls aren’t spectacular. The game plays a little like Time Crisis, a basic shooter on rails — position is preset, with no movement other than aiming. Sometimes the game will mix things up, putting you in a pre-controlled vehicle. Trying to pick off terrorists and bosses as the camera bounces around is definitely a challenge.

The game might sound like a blast, but it falls short of expectations. Aiming is very slow — By the time you get your target in your sights, chances are you’ll be run over by an 18-wheeler. You lose life when this happens, so as you can see, the controls could use work. The screen around the crosshair also is shaded in black, which makes it hard to see where you are. Also for the $5.99 Konami charges, the graphics just feel half-assed.

From the little good this game offers, the story is pretty fun. If you can somehow ignore the terrible controls, the plot can keep you playing through.

Bottom line, with the terrible controls, hard aiming and high price, it’s hard justify clicking “buy” on this one.

Silent Scope Hands-On

The arcade classic Silent Scope was known for its unique hardware–the replica sniper rifle controller pointed at the arcade screen contained a smaller screen inside the scope, allowing you to gauge distances near and far while you carefully aimed your shots. The iPhone is an impressive piece of hardware as well, but with only one screen, some changes had to be made to fit the new platform. We sighted down Konami’s iPhone port of the game at a press event last Thursday, and came away feeling that its aim is true–for the most part.

Since you no longer have a second screen to peer into, all of the action takes place on the iPhone’s touch screen, which becomes a sniper’s reticule when you double-tap to zoom in on a target. You can still fire from a distance, but the pixel-high bad guys are almost impossible to hit without zooming in.

In our time with Silent Scope on the iPhone, the zooming-in mechanic was sometimes unresponsive, causing our sniper to shoot twice instead of aiming. Using multi-touch to zoom in on a target, the way you can zoom in on a web page or photo on the iPhone (and the method used in Metal Gear Solid Touch), would have made a lot more sense than the awkward double-tap.

Still, the graphics and animations were surprisingly spot-on for this version. Like in the original arcade game, the reaction of enemy targets when your first bullet narrowly misses is simply priceless. They’ll look around, confused, trying to figure out where to hide, and that’s when you follow up with a second shot.

The iPhone version also allows you to gain more points by targeting specific body parts, and hone your accuracy in multiple types of indoor and outdoor training modes. The main story, where you rescue the President and his family as they are held hostage in Chicago, contains several exciting shootouts, such as a helicopter boss battle and a speeding freeway chase.

Although the controls might be a bit iffy, the production values in Silent Scope are top-notch, and fans of the arcade original will probably be thrilled with this version. Silent Scope premieres for $6.99 later this month. Stay tuned for our exclusive preview video, which should be up later today.

Konami Announces Silent Scope For iPhone

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., announced today the upcoming release of an iPhone version of its arcade shooter Silent Scope. Originally released in 1999, the game puts players in the shoes of the world’s best sniper, tasked with rescuing the First Family from terrorists in Chicago.

Silent Scope is a rails shooter, guiding the player through a fixed path like so many other arcade shooters back in the day (Remember arcades?). Konami says the game is “designed to take full advantage of Apple’s innovative Multi-Touch user interface” by using tap-to-shoot controls.

This version will feature both a Training Mode and Arcade Mode, which features the Story, Shooting Gallery or Time Attack.

“With the release of Silent Scope on the iPhone and iPod touch, we’re substantiating our commitment to developing quality content that takes our top franchise titles and turns them into an on-the-go gaming experience,” said Anthony Borquez, Vice President of Konami Mobile and Online. “Silent Scope allows players to conceal their firearms and perfect their sharpshooting skills wherever they go.”

No word on an actual release date, but stay tuned to Slide To Play for an update.

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