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  • Summary: The debut game from developer SUDA51, "The Silver Case" is fully remastered, localized into English for the first time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Oct 22, 2016
    90
    Sociological questions about mental illness and crime, unethical romantic relationships, and mysterious world building all combine into a game that demands you to think in ways many others do not.
  2. Nov 13, 2016
    88
    The Silver Case's uncanny brand of Erotic Grotesque Nonsense absolutely isn't for everyone, but those willing to penetrate its deliberately obtuse shell will find a deeply thoughtful mystery.
  3. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2017
    80
    Although lack of experience and some unexpected clichés can be painful, The Silver Case is like a debut punk rock album that was way ahead of its time. [13/2016, p.63]
  4. Oct 31, 2016
    75
    It's a very peculiar game, definitely not for everyone, but it tells two very interesting stories: the story of the game itself and that of the origins of Grasshopper Manufacture.
  5. Jan 5, 2017
    60
    A visual novel with a good story, but a bad rhythm, no voices, and poor gameplay. Like Deadly Premonition, only the most hardcore gamers may enjoy it.
  6. Oct 19, 2016
    50
    The Silver Case's unusual take on human conversations, its indecision about whether it wants to be just a visual novel or an adventure game where the player is a full participant, and its lack of focus in tying up any sort of cohesive plot, all add up to a mess of a game.
  7. Jan 16, 2018
    30
    Perhaps best left locked in the past, The Silver Case is not worth looking into unless you REALLY like visual novels and Suda51 and have a lot of patience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 19, 2019
    10
    The Silver Case is an utterly fantastic game with mindbending writing. Hard to believe the original is 20 years old. It still feels current today
  2. Nov 2, 2019
    10
    Very influential, an important game that deserves western attention.
    It is incredibly immersive fall into a web of conspiracy and paranoia, a
    Very influential, an important game that deserves western attention.
    It is incredibly immersive fall into a web of conspiracy and paranoia, a fall very well written.
    Kill the Past is one of the most sensational franchises ever, is a dense experience, and this game gives you that.
    Recommended even for those who don't like the format.
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  3. Dec 15, 2020
    9
    The Silver Case

    Is a crime drama interactive visual novel, developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, published in October of 1999 for Sonny
    The Silver Case

    Is a crime drama interactive visual novel, developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, published in October of 1999 for Sonny Playstation, running on the Film window engine, written and directed by Goichi Suda along with Masahi Ooka, and Sako Kato. It later received this unity remaster along with an english localization for the PC, and Playstation 4 in October of 2016, and Nintendo Switch version coming February 2021.

    The game is set in 24th Ward, Tokyo, a series of brutal murders beggin and the Police's Heinous Crimes Unit soon discover that these crimes herald the return of Kamui Uehara, a legendary serial killer.

    Two stories unfold at the same time, ''Trasmitter'' you as one of the detectives investigating these crimes and ''Placebo'' where Tokio Morishima, a freelance reporter is trying to uncover information on Kamui's return. Whenever Transmitter is unclear or missing critical information, Placebo sheds lights on it with Tokio's reports.

    When you finish a Transmitter chapter, a placebo one is unlocked, so it's recommended that you play one Transmitter chapter and the Placebo chapter unlocked after it so you can get a more complete view of the story. Transmitter has the most dense story sequences, while placebo is more relaxed and easier to follow.

    Speaking of interactive sequences, when in control of your character, you will be able to move around, interact with certain objects and people. These gameplay sequences are short and simple, however there are a few exceptions that feel overly long or tedious. In terms of controls they are rather simple and arcaic, but keep in mind that this is a PS1 title and that even the fabled Metal gear solid controls like ass nowdays compared to more modern titles.

    Written at the turn of the millennium, it is filled with fear and paranoia of what the future may hold. Despite The Silver Case being 20 plus years old, its prophetic nature remains, still providing relevant commentary on how the media and internet reacts, and sometimes even romanticize, certain events and criminal activity.

    Like most Suda games, it was not made to appeal to the lowest common denominator, so it's not something that can be easily recommended to a wide audience, however, I am here to review the game's merits and what it achieves, not if it will appeal to some dude bro that only play AAA games.

    If you are into Suda's other works like Killer7 and/or are looking for a dense, well written world to get immersed in, then The Silver Case is a perfect game. Being one of Suda's earlier works, it is rough around the edges, but well worth the time. Like most of his games, it will leave you thinking about it for days if not months. Kill the Past.

    Score: 9/10 // Excellent [★★★★★★★★★✰]
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  4. Oct 12, 2016
    9
    For anybody interested in this game, please keep in mind that these game isn t as similar as any of suda other games considering that thisFor anybody interested in this game, please keep in mind that these game isn t as similar as any of suda other games considering that this one focuses more on story rather than gameplay. The game is divided between two storylines, transmitter, in which you play as a mute detective who tries solve the mystery surrounding a legendary serial killer, and placebo were as you play as a freelance journalist who tries to fill in the missing pieces that were not shown in transmitter. During the adventure sequences, you move your character by clicking on the m symbol and you use or talk by clicking on the C symbol, it might get frustrating to get used to, so beware. To conclude, i believe that even after many years, The Silver case still holds up, even with its numerous flaws which include the clunky gameplay, the sometimes repetitive dialogue and the placebo storyline feeling less interesting with the exception of its protagonist, etc There still something interesting about its complex plot and strange characters that will leave you thinking for quite a while. Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2017
    8
    Это очень странная игра. И даже не совсем игра, а больше визуальная новелла, геймплей тут приделан просто чтобы был. Все построено на сюжете,Это очень странная игра. И даже не совсем игра, а больше визуальная новелла, геймплей тут приделан просто чтобы был. Все построено на сюжете, который закручен настолько, что мозг взрывается просто. Это игра очень сильно отличается от следующих игр Суды. В лучшую или худшую сторону - решать уже вам Expand

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