snatcher appreciation post!!!!!
in 1988 hideo kojima wrote and directed a cyberpunk visual novel called "snatcher"
it was given an english sega cd port with voice acting in 1995
i'm in the process of playing it rn and it's UTTERLY AMAZING so far
from the very first moments of the game (see the intro dedication in the first attached pic) it just goes so damn hard
the graphics are gorgeous, the world-building is top-notch, the music is stellar... i can't wait to see where it goes next!
and the thing is
the lore is like SO DEEP
there's SO MANY optional dialogue bits and such where you can get even more info about the world and all that
there's a bit very early on where you're given access to a database with shitloads of stuff about the setting and all that
you don't HAVE to read all of it
but you totes can sit there for like half an hour just taking in the lore
it's so lovingly crafted
@vantablack This game is amazing on so many levels. I recently did a playthrough as well and absolutely love it. "One Night in Neo Kobe City" is a certified banger.
@vantablack The soundtrack to snatcher is permanently loaded to my media player. Right next to Policenauts.
@vantablack Snatcher is a classic that deserves a rerelease. Also if you like gorgeous animu cyberpunk, you should look up PC-98 games. The aesthetic is top notch.
@Evol Well... I heard PC-* platforms always had some love for those, and also being more "adult" in their interests and games, so, not so surprising ^^'
@yuki2501 multiple pandemics and the social ripples thereof, unhoused peeps living in tunnels beneath the city, all the sciencey tech stuff that's eerily close to the present day like the planned mars colony... the list goes on and on and on lol
Current dystopia, Elon
@vantablack Oh wow. A Mars colony.
Just imagine how Elon could exploit his workers if he could operate unsupervised, in a colony where he could control the air supply with the flick of a switch.
The more time passes the more it looks like Ted Faro was directly based on him.
@vantablack couldn't agree more. I can't really tolerate Kojima's MGS games, but snatcher maintains a perfect balance of exploration and story.
highly recommend the english (fan) translation of Policenauts if you enjoy this one.
@vantablack God, Snatcher. I need to have another shot at playing through that. I keep getting distracted by something else after the first act or so.
It never fails to delight me just how hard the intro goes tho. That theme tune is an absolute belter
@vantablack I found out voice acting and music is what makes a difference to me. Those age well: sound quality was already quite good. E.g. I enjoyed the first Gabriel Knight because voice acting was excellent.
@vantablack everything Hideo Kojima touched turned to solid gold, I still occasionally rage into the void at how Konami did him
@vantablack I replayed it till the end this year on my pocket retro device RG351MP and it holds really well! I got it originally for my Mega-CD when it came out in the 90s.
There are a couple of modern homages worth checking out, IMO:
2064: Read Only Memories is a gorgeous indie visual novel openly inspired by Snatcher, but without the shooting sections. It has an emphasis on LGBTQ representation.
Auger;Zenith is a free fan-made mod for Doom II that homages Snatcher, Policenauts, & Blade Runner. It's all shooting and no sleuthing. But it nails the Sega CD & Saturn look, & shows what a similar world could look like in an action game.
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