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  • Summary: Based on the critically-acclaimed anime series by the renowned manga artist and writer Masamune Shirow, this sci-fi first-person shooter offers wireless multiplayer action for up to four-players, including heated cooperative and competitive modes. In the futuristic world of Ghost in theBased on the critically-acclaimed anime series by the renowned manga artist and writer Masamune Shirow, this sci-fi first-person shooter offers wireless multiplayer action for up to four-players, including heated cooperative and competitive modes. In the futuristic world of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, crime knows no limits. Gamers can face off against cyber-criminals as members of Section 9, an elite group of secret intelligence operatives tasked to keep technological terrorists at bay. Players must use “Major” Motoko Kusanagi’s agility, her partner Batou’s strength, the rookie Togusa’s stealth, or Saito’s sniper skills to unravel the mysteries of Berutarube. Issue precise commands and orders to the sentient Think Tank, Tachikoma, to gain an advantage during heated battles. Customize Tachikoma with unique accessories and change the personality of the tanks with different commands. Choose from 51 different weapons; from hand guns to rocket launchers and sub-machine guns. Play wirelessly in head-to-head battles. Hack into enemies or surveillance systems to break down the terrorist cells. [Bandai] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Precise aiming on the run is a little dicey on the PSP, and the loading times can be extraneous, but it's a small price to pay to get Motoko and company into your mobile unit. [Oct 2005]
  2. Crisp graphics and sound effects make this a fun game to play, while the voices, provided by the cast of the TV series, add credibility.
  3. Holy Crap! Someone actually made an FPS game on teh PSP work. [Dec 2005, p.139]
  4. Sluggish controls and lifeless gameplay make Ghost in the Shell worth playing only for loyal fans of the anime, and even then it isn't worth more than a rental.
  5. I must say if you are looking for a decent action game you'd be better off with "SOCOM;" this ghost just has no legs.
  6. I want to strangle this game with my bare hands. [Dec 2005, p.186]
  7. 40
    The variety of missions is helpful, but stealth missions become increasingly maddening, and when you're trying to "save" someone, it ends up being more of a daunting task than you expected.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 11, 2012
    10
    This game was fun.For fans of the anime,this game is portable and versatile and will provide players with the same voice acting and qualityThis game was fun.For fans of the anime,this game is portable and versatile and will provide players with the same voice acting and quality like the anime and can compliment it's PS2 counterpart.Overall,this game will hook you and keep you playing till the end. Bandai keep up the good work!! 10/10 Collapse
  2. EdmondD.
    Jul 25, 2008
    9
    It was a good game. The plot for this game is reminiscent of the anime, which is a plus for fans of the anime. I don't mind the loadIt was a good game. The plot for this game is reminiscent of the anime, which is a plus for fans of the anime. I don't mind the load times at all, although they could be a hassle if you are in a hurry. The controls take a little while to get used to, but I found it easy to learn. Expand
  3. PaulC
    Nov 5, 2005
    9
    Wow! They finally made a good fps on the psp. This game is light years ahead of Coded Arms. The environments are large and wide open. The Wow! They finally made a good fps on the psp. This game is light years ahead of Coded Arms. The environments are large and wide open. The level design is what really sets this game apart. Great variety in all the levels and the lock on feature for aiming really works well. If you are looking for an fps on the psp,you can't go wrong with Ghost in the Shell. Expand
  4. Apr 7, 2011
    9
    A fun first person shooter, varying missions, lots of weapons, an interesting story told with lots of cutscenes and good voice acting. TheA fun first person shooter, varying missions, lots of weapons, an interesting story told with lots of cutscenes and good voice acting. The Tachikoma Robot that can be comanded and even piloted by the player is a nice addition not commonly found in other games of this genre. Use of cover, caution, stealth and the right choice of weapons will get the job done. Charging in with guns blazing will usually get you killed quickly unless you are piloting your heavily armed & armored Tachikoma buddy. Graphics are nice, (gun) sounds could have been done a bit better. Controls are ok (game is playable even without auto-aim) I liked it, and i'm not a fan of the anime :-) Expand
  5. LyleB.
    Nov 9, 2005
    8
    It's a fun game, definitely feels a little rushed and unpolished though. It is better than Coded Arms. Gamespy's "lame story" It's a fun game, definitely feels a little rushed and unpolished though. It is better than Coded Arms. Gamespy's "lame story" comment is ridiculous. The game's story is VERY similar to watching an episode of the anime, of which I am a pretty big fan. The lock-on feature makes the PSP's controls workout alright, but they are still a bit clunky. I'm not sure a non-anime fan would care for it - you probably won't mind the gameplay, but the cutscenes will just seem wierd to you if you're not into the genre. Bottom line - If you are an anime fan, you'll probably like it, but wish it spent a little more time getting cleaned up before shipping. Oh - and the load times (and frequent amount of loading in general) stink. But that seems to be a PSP thing, hopefully someone will start figuring out how to fix that in future games. Expand
  6. May 21, 2015
    6
    A shooter with plenty of unique ideas, but it stumbles in the execution and due to platform limitations. There are multiple playableA shooter with plenty of unique ideas, but it stumbles in the execution and due to platform limitations. There are multiple playable characters with unique stats and dialog, a huge bevy of weapons from twin pistols and SMGs up to machineguns and anti-material rifles. The real star of the show here, though, are the Tachikoma robots that accompany you into almost all levels. Effectively a customizable, heavily-armored and armed guard dog with the personality of a curious puppy, the Tachikoma will follow you through levels taking on enemies, and can be given commands (order it to traverse an area hunting enemies, hold fire, guard an area, or just have it stick to you like glue and obliterate everything that tries to attack you). Or, if you're finding an enemy gauntlet tricky, just hop inside with the touch of a button and mow down everything from safety inside the cockpit. You can also go invisible once per level and sneak past enemies for a brief time, even in the robot! Useful for sneak attacks and hostage rescues. With all this potential depth, it's a shame that most of the levels are small, simple run-and-guns with little room for actual strategizing, probably due to the limited power of the handheld. This also probably explains the load times after every few minutes of gameplay. Controls are also a potential problem, with the analog stick being unavailable for aiming which would have made precise gunplay much more viable. Even with a quick lock-on button to make targetting easier, you'll find that the rapid-fire weapons are far more useful than pretty much everything else. By the end of the game I was just taking three of the biggest machinegun into every mission and gunning down everything with little trouble. The story's not up to the TV show's levels, but it does the job. Music also is a good blend of techno, heck, there's even a vocal song in there. Tracks tend to get re-used between levels, but they're good enough and the game's short, so it isn't much of an issue. Graphically, the game isn't a stunner, but everything's clear and looks the part of the show it's based on. Overall, while it isn't the criminally overlooked masterpiece the user reviews might have you believe, for cheap it's definitely worth a shot, especially for fans of the show. Expand
  7. IanW.
    Nov 19, 2005
    1
    Given that Coded arms is perhaps the worst game on the PSP, saying Ghost is better is damning with faint praise. Avoid. Go buy Star Wars Given that Coded arms is perhaps the worst game on the PSP, saying Ghost is better is damning with faint praise. Avoid. Go buy Star Wars battlefront, Liberty City or Burnout legends instead. Or indeed Untold Legends Brotherhood of the blade Expand

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