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  • Summary: Konami brings the first online mech combat game to the PS2 with SLAI: Phantom Crash. This fast paced mech action is the sport of the future, where players pilot their customized mechs to win cash and worldwide dominance. Over 1 million possible mech configurations and phantom stealthKonami brings the first online mech combat game to the PS2 with SLAI: Phantom Crash. This fast paced mech action is the sport of the future, where players pilot their customized mechs to win cash and worldwide dominance. Over 1 million possible mech configurations and phantom stealth abilities make this one mech party you'll have to crash. Tune up robots using weapons, armor, and accessories. Use optical camouflage to gain a tactical advantage during battles. Features multiple futuristic, big city battlefields. Single and 2-player battles, as well as a 4-player online mode. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. This is an incredibly well-designed mech shooter, period. Genki has a genuinely enjoyable mixture of combat, upgrades and globe-hopping Snow Crash-like dances across servers, and it's a fantastic mix indeed.
  2. 80
    The game gives players a fast-paced, fully customizable experience. And, thanks to its fun online capabilities, the action can be shared around the world.
  3. There is a massive amount of content and unparallel gameplay opportunities, especially for those who like to tinker in the cyber-garage of the future.
  4. Even with its share of problems, S.L.A.I. is able to deliver a mech game that is heavy on the action and loaded with all the things mech fans could ever ask for in a game.
  5. Regardless of the number of variations in outfitting, the combat remains simple and unimpressive.
  6. Just rent "Hackers" again and forget this junk heap. [Oct 2005, p.134]
  7. A pointless game with hardly anything going for it. It's hard to believe that this is from the same company that brought us "Metal Gear Solid" and "Pro Evo." A travesty. [Christmas 2005, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. HiroakiK
    Oct 8, 2005
    9
    Very nice game. Sad it gave me frustration when you are out in the HAVEN. And I don't know why Sony itself gives this game the rate of Very nice game. Sad it gave me frustration when you are out in the HAVEN. And I don't know why Sony itself gives this game the rate of 40?? GENKI should have released this title on Xbox, period. Expand
  2. Oct 28, 2014
    9
    I loved this game when i was younger and actually still have it, the story can be a grind if you play it rank by rank and I racked up a ton ofI loved this game when i was younger and actually still have it, the story can be a grind if you play it rank by rank and I racked up a ton of hours but i don't regret any of them. The combat is fun if a bit simplistic but still enjoyable and this is one of the few games i would love to see a sequel too. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2013
    3
    I played the predecessor, Phantom Crash, and I loved it. Sure, it had a few annoyances, but overall, it was fun. The sequel, however, doesn'tI played the predecessor, Phantom Crash, and I loved it. Sure, it had a few annoyances, but overall, it was fun. The sequel, however, doesn't do it for me. All the shops are built into an awkwardly designed cyberspace-like map, where everything is spread out. Features that were once easy to access in the first game, like the save feature which was located in the living quarters before, is now several feet away from said location. There are no familiar characters to make it feel like a sequel. There is no story connection with the predecessor, making it feel more like a different game with the same gameplay. Lower bosses (like D Rank), who should be weak and easier to kill than the later ones, are now ridiculously overpowered and can only be beaten by putting in an invincibility code. The Animal Chips (now called ICs; Intelligent Chips) now have Health Bars, for some reason. Now, you have to spend a lot of money just to keep the Chip in working order. There are more arenas to battle in, but now you have to spend a lot of cash to get to them. As a result, you can't afford to lose any matches. That brings up another problem: money is much harder to get in this game when most of your opponents have much better weapons than you do. It doesn't help the fact that your weapons themselves tend to break faster than before, oftentimes resulting in you having to retreat more often than you'd like to. In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend this title. Stick with the much better Phantom Crash. Expand
  4. LEEAHD.
    Oct 9, 2005
    0
    Poor control, unnecessary (annoying, actually) dialogue. No improvement to its predecessor, the equally poor, if not poorer, phantom crash. Poor control, unnecessary (annoying, actually) dialogue. No improvement to its predecessor, the equally poor, if not poorer, phantom crash. Genki again develops a game that few would enjoy Collapse