Silent Scope (2000)
I had no idea how much of a kick in the teeth this game is. Having enjoyed Silent Scope in the arcades what must be two decades ago now, I expected a solid conversion. To be fair, this is
a solid conversion. But the appeal of the arcade machine is lost in translation because there's no giant sniper rifle to hold. Turns out there's NO
lightgun support for this on PS2 (there is on the Xbox port) which is properly cheeky, considering this retailed at £40.
I don't actually have a PS2 lightgun so it would have been lost on me anyway - so how does it play with a controller? I mean... it plays but the game is borderline broken. You slowly drag your giant, magnified reticle across the screen but I found myself often missing my shots, or the target would move. Navigation is a lot less precise.
You do get the full arcade game but the timer is now more deadly than any nameless goon as you inevitably run out of time because Konami didn't consider how the arcade version is designed (which is to eat quarters) doesn't apply to the home console version. That being said, the sniper (a slow, methodical profession) probably isn't the best suited style for an arcade title. But if you have a responsive lightgun, the premise works. It's worth noting that Silent Scope 1, 2 and 3 were individually released in this format on PS2, but Xbox owners got them in one package. They also could purchase a sniper rifle peripheral so it's difficult to recommend any of these titles when they play like this.
Shooting is still snappy in that Virtua Cop manner and there's a certain charm to the graphical style: chunky but not too simple. Where the arcade title succeeded was it made you feel
like a master marksman, picking off enemies as you manoeuvred your rifle quickly across the screen. The console port makes you feel like you're lying in treacle as you take an eye test - it doesn't feel fun or rewarding at all. This isn't necessarily the game's fault; it's the execution. Considering this game is all about the perfect execution - it, unfortunately, misses the target. 4/10