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6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
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  1. Aug 9, 2013
    8
    Stand Alone Complex is a good partner to the Anime and a decent game with excellent graphics. The controls are easy to pick up and play than other games in this genre and there is some excitement and good gameplay here. It does have widescreen support. The presentation is directly out of the Stand Alone Complex anime DVDs so it looks really cool, and better than most 2004 games. You canStand Alone Complex is a good partner to the Anime and a decent game with excellent graphics. The controls are easy to pick up and play than other games in this genre and there is some excitement and good gameplay here. It does have widescreen support. The presentation is directly out of the Stand Alone Complex anime DVDs so it looks really cool, and better than most 2004 games. You can skip cutscenes and in game dialogue. You aren't forced into a training mission either! There are levels where you play Batou and seem to have fun blasting everything. The first mission is kind of a medium difficulty. You may get stuck if you didn't learn all the controls, namely that R1 button is a grab, kind of like old tomb raider. But its not clunky. I landed most of my jumps in the second level where things really get going. If you are not good at platforming or shooting, this might be a headache, but its not too difficult. This game is sort of like The Matrix games. Run, blast, and dodge to the next switch or checkpoint, with some ghost hacking thrown in. The enemies can't see too far, so I can see what people are saying about AI, but they can be very dangerous in range. Weapons are varied enough to be fun with some management and scouting for ammo. I think this game lacks coherent story, even if you've seen the animes, so maybe a little bit of immersion is lost. The gameplay is fast paced and pretty tight. They could have made more things to jump on besides shipping containers, but overall this is detailed enough. Its a fun game to play that makes you want to beat the whole thing. Its not James Bond level of awesome, but its worthy of collecting and playing. Expand
  2. YelzagkS.
    Sep 22, 2005
    10
    I just wanted to state that Ghost in Shell: Stand A Lone Complex was the best video game that I have ever played. Not only was it fun, but it was also challenging. What I liked best was the 3rd Person Shooter format with the elements of platforming (jumping, puzzles-lite), combined with run-n-gunning (instead of boring stealth), and beautiful visuals. The controller scheme was equally I just wanted to state that Ghost in Shell: Stand A Lone Complex was the best video game that I have ever played. Not only was it fun, but it was also challenging. What I liked best was the 3rd Person Shooter format with the elements of platforming (jumping, puzzles-lite), combined with run-n-gunning (instead of boring stealth), and beautiful visuals. The controller scheme was equally brilliant, although it did seem awkward at first. I look forward to a sequel. Expand
  3. KaneD.
    May 30, 2005
    10
    I read the lowest rating by PSM... frankly it is crap. It sounds like whoever wrote it never actually played the game. For the stuff the character has to do, it must be put in third person or it would be impossible to do some of the things the character must do in a first person setting. Personally I believe it is a great game, it is hard and a bit irritating at first but once you get the I read the lowest rating by PSM... frankly it is crap. It sounds like whoever wrote it never actually played the game. For the stuff the character has to do, it must be put in third person or it would be impossible to do some of the things the character must do in a first person setting. Personally I believe it is a great game, it is hard and a bit irritating at first but once you get the hang of it one can really get involved. Expand
  4. Chong
    Mar 15, 2004
    8
    Although the game is in Japanese and missions are 'go to point A' type. Difficulty level is basically the same except enemy is more responsive and can take more shots. It doesn't ruin the game at all. Especially the brilliant landscape and stages layout. Mixed funs: ample gun fires, cool melee, silent scope style shooting (control pad layout is even better than silent scope Although the game is in Japanese and missions are 'go to point A' type. Difficulty level is basically the same except enemy is more responsive and can take more shots. It doesn't ruin the game at all. Especially the brilliant landscape and stages layout. Mixed funs: ample gun fires, cool melee, silent scope style shooting (control pad layout is even better than silent scope 3). The control pad layout is well thought and can be mastered within an hour. Plus: when completed all levels, there are hidden level, multi-player mode and more. Definitely a must try. Expand

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#100 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. 78
    This game is good, but could have been much better. A longer story and less sound on the next one will make it a "top of its field" game.
  2. Weekly Famitsu
    73
    7 / 7 / 8 / 7 - 29 [Vol 795; 12 Mar 2004]
  3. Levels can be bland at times, but there's some breathtaking aerial work to be performed...A difficult and sometimes frustrating ride; however, it is engrossing and ambitious.