Firstly I will start with Motoko, she can fire weapons take on hand to hand combat and as she is an acrobat she can jump of walls and pull of loads of acrobatic and flighty moves. The hand to hand combat is made simple as, one button smashing commences as soon as you run into the enemy. Some of the other levels you will encounter while playing Motoko will be puzzle based which always revolve around jumping. These levels can get a little annoying as its all about precision. Batou on the other hand couldn't jump over a match box so his puzzle levels are all maze based. Otherwise Batou is all about attacking and gun fire.
The other big part of Ghost in the Shell is hacking. Hacking is done by walking up to a computer and pressing X. the main advantage of hacking is the ability to take control of some enemy Cyborgs. To do this you must complete a mini game which involves matching up spinning discs. As you progress through the game the spinning disc mini game becomes increasingly difficult, to a point where you will forget about hacking and just blast your way through the levels.
Graphically Ghost in the Shell is very nice looking game and it still keeps the style of its comic book origins. It does however leave out the crowded streets and everything looks a little empty like a ghost town. Overall, Ghost in the Shell looks a touch bland and the empty spaces which you will be playing in can be completely featureless. The one redeeming factor is that character animations which are very good indeed.
The sound also has its good points and bad points. The voice acting is very good, probably because the cast of the new TV series have handled this. The bad part is the sound track which is probably one of the worst sound tracks ever to hit a video game in recent times.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is pretty good but certain aspects have let it down. If you are one to get annoyed at jumping scenes in platform games you should probably stay away as the puzzles you play with Motoko can be extremely frustrating. Otherwise Ghost in the Shell isn't such a bad game; it just doesn't hit the nail on the head.
6.5 out of 10
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