History VisualNovel / Policenauts

28th May '16 10:59:18 AM erforce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Building on many of ''Snatcher'''s strengths (the VisualNovel interface with shooting segments sprinkled in for good measure), ''Policenauts'' was first released for the [[{{PC98}} NEC PC-9821]] computer platform in 1994, with console ports for the [=3DO=], UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation}}, and UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn following soon after. Konami announced an English localization of the Sega Saturn version in 1996 (two years before ''Metal Gear Solid''), but ultimately chose to cancel it when the developers allegedly (according to an interview with Kojima in the official strategy guide) found themselves unable to properly sync the English dialogue to the game's pre-animated FMV cutscenes. The FanTranslation linked above is actually of the PS version - an ordeal in itself, voice recording notwithstanding, as translators ran up against a variety of oddly compressed graphics and sequences that would go outside the grain for only one or two parts of the game. The patch finally came out on Hideo Kojima's 46th birthday (August 24, 2009, which is also the date of Jonathan and Lorraine's wedding in the story), though, in what Website/SomethingAwful forumer LetsPlay/{{slowbeef}} (the "Comrade" part was appended following a Russian site catching wind of the project) calls a Beta release: aside from the Japanese-only audio, the game is not only completely playable in English but is polished enough to be considered as good as any official release could have been.

to:

Building on many of ''Snatcher'''s strengths (the VisualNovel interface with shooting segments sprinkled in for good measure), ''Policenauts'' was first released for the [[{{PC98}} NEC PC-9821]] computer platform in 1994, with console ports for the [=3DO=], [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDOInteractiveMultiplayer 3DO]], UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation}}, and UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn following soon after. Konami announced an English localization of the Sega Saturn version in 1996 (two years before ''Metal Gear Solid''), but ultimately chose to cancel it when the developers allegedly (according to an interview with Kojima in the official strategy guide) found themselves unable to properly sync the English dialogue to the game's pre-animated FMV cutscenes. The FanTranslation linked above is actually of the PS version - an ordeal in itself, voice recording notwithstanding, as translators ran up against a variety of oddly compressed graphics and sequences that would go outside the grain for only one or two parts of the game. The patch finally came out on Hideo Kojima's 46th birthday (August 24, 2009, which is also the date of Jonathan and Lorraine's wedding in the story), though, in what Website/SomethingAwful forumer LetsPlay/{{slowbeef}} (the "Comrade" part was appended following a Russian site catching wind of the project) calls a Beta release: aside from the Japanese-only audio, the game is not only completely playable in English but is polished enough to be considered as good as any official release could have been.
9th May '16 10:46:34 PM erforce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DummiedOut: The aforementioned EncyclopediaExposita, along with extra firing range targets depicting Snatcher heads (oddly, with green eyes vis-a-vis the international releases of that game, rather than the original {{Terminator}}-esque red ones). The patch actually also dummies away graphics that just didn't want to cooperate with the new code offsets, rerouting to displaying new, uncompressed images rather than slogging through Konami's proprietary compression code.

to:

* DummiedOut: The aforementioned EncyclopediaExposita, along with extra firing range targets depicting Snatcher heads (oddly, with green eyes vis-a-vis the international releases of that game, rather than the original {{Terminator}}-esque Franchise/{{Terminator}}-esque red ones). The patch actually also dummies away graphics that just didn't want to cooperate with the new code offsets, rerouting to displaying new, uncompressed images rather than slogging through Konami's proprietary compression code.
16th Apr '16 4:14:56 PM WikiWitness
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Fast forward three years after ''that'', to 2040. Jonathan's ex-wife Lorraine, having exhausted all her options on Beyond, turns to him for assistance in finding her new husband, high-ranking Tokugawa Pharmaceuticals scientist Kenzo Hojo. Shortly after bequeathing to him the only clues to his absence - a cut leaf and some pills with a defaced watermark - Lorraine is killed by a white-bleeding motorcyclist's [[ExternalCombustion car bomb]]. Convinced that this is much more than a simple missing persons case, Jonathan must put aside his cosmophobia and return to Beyond - a radically changed place where the Policenauts are a faded memory, their BCPD replacements utilize PoweredArmor and in-vitro-fertilized "Frozeners", and the Tokugawa conglomerate runs enough of the show that Ingram can only draw upon the resources of the long-obsolete Vice unit, headed up by fellow ex-LAPD ex-Policenaut Ed Brown (above, without mullet). The good news is, the Vice unit also includes [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Meryl Silverburgh]], temporary FOXHOUND tattoo and all.

to:

Fast forward three years after ''that'', to 2040. Jonathan's ex-wife Lorraine, having exhausted all her options on Beyond, turns to him for assistance in finding her new husband, high-ranking Tokugawa Pharmaceuticals scientist Kenzo Hojo. Shortly after bequeathing to him the only clues to his absence - a cut leaf and some pills with a defaced watermark - Lorraine is killed by a white-bleeding motorcyclist's [[ExternalCombustion car bomb]]. Convinced that this is much more than a simple missing persons case, Jonathan must put aside his cosmophobia and return to Beyond - a radically changed place where the Policenauts are a faded memory, their BCPD replacements utilize PoweredArmor and in-vitro-fertilized "Frozeners", and the Tokugawa conglomerate runs enough of the show that Ingram can only draw upon the resources of the long-obsolete Vice unit, headed up by fellow ex-LAPD ex-Policenaut Ed Brown (above, without mullet).Brown. The good news is, the Vice unit also includes [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Meryl Silverburgh]], temporary FOXHOUND tattoo and all.
2nd Feb '16 1:36:11 PM Generality
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* SomethingNauts: Justified- they're both astronauts and police.
7th Jan '16 12:38:11 PM Saurubiker
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CopyProtection: One particular puzzle in Act 2 involves identifying various Japanese family crests in order to log into a computer. The crests are already identified in the game's instruction manual.



* UsefulNotes/GeneralGamingGamepads: The [=PS1=] version is playable with the Playstation Mouse, while the shooting sections of the Saturn version can be played with a LightGun.

to:

* UsefulNotes/GeneralGamingGamepads: The [=PS1=] version is playable All three console versions feature support for their corresponding mouse peripherals, with the Playstation Mouse, while the shooting sections of the Saturn version can be played with a LightGun.adding [[LightGun Virtua Gun]] support as well for the shooting segments.



* ProductionForeshadowing: If you have the ''Pilot Disk'' for the [=3DO=], or the ''Private Collection'' disc for the PS (doesn't matter which), you can see early concept of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (back when it was titled ''Metal Gear 3'') if you look up FOXHOUND in the glossary.

to:

* ProductionForeshadowing: If you have the The ''Pilot Disk'' for the [=3DO=], or the and ''Private Collection'' disc for the PS (doesn't matter which), you can see early supplemental discs both have hidden concept of art for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (back when it was titled ''Metal Gear 3'') if you look up FOXHOUND in the glossary.their encyclopedia.



* ShoutOutThemeNaming: [[spoiler:The Redwood siblings are named after Tony and Ridley Scott.]]

to:

* ShoutOutThemeNaming: ShoutOutThemeNaming:
**
[[spoiler:The Redwood siblings are named after Tony and Ridley Scott.]]
4th Jan '16 6:05:11 PM cartoonfan945
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** [[HeyItsThatSound The shooting range's combat mode]] lifts several distinct sound effects from ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers''.

to:

** The [[HeyItsThatSound The shooting range's combat mode]] lifts several distinct sound effects from ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers''.


Added DiffLines:

* TokenGoodTeammate: Only Ed and Johnathan are the only good members of the Policenauts.
4th Jan '16 5:59:30 PM cartoonfan945
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Meryl Debuted in Metal Gear Solid]]: Here, she's less of a rookie, more of a KnifeNut. In fact, Policenauts Meryl is a combat veteran, having supposedly been part of FOXHOUND; the idea was that Kojima had a role within the game in mind for Solid Snake of ''Franchise/MetalGear'', but then decided to [[DistaffCounterpart turn him into a woman]] for it.

to:

* [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Meryl Debuted in Metal Gear Solid]]: Here, she's less of a rookie, more of a KnifeNut. In fact, Policenauts Meryl is a combat veteran, having supposedly been part of FOXHOUND; MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Remember what happened to Jonathan earlier? [[spoiler: Well, it turns out it wasn't an accident, as it was done by the idea was that Kojima had a role within the game in mind for Solid Snake of ''Franchise/MetalGear'', but then decided to [[DistaffCounterpart turn him into a woman]] for it.Policenauts, minus Ed.]]



* ScienceMarchesOn: While examining a {{Hologram}} of Earth's solar system, Ed notices something ain't right:
--> '''Ed:''' There's an extra planet here. I count [[PlutoIsExpendable 10 planets]].



** HeyItsThatSound: The shooting range's combat mode lifts several distinct sound effects from ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers''.

to:

** HeyItsThatSound: [[HeyItsThatSound The shooting range's combat mode mode]] lifts several distinct sound effects from ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers''.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: Subverted. A key MacGuffin is stored on a CD-ROM, precisely ''because'' it's an "archaic format" which nobody would look twice at.

to:

* TechnologyMarchesOn: [[invoked]]TechnologyMarchesOn: Subverted. A key MacGuffin is stored on a CD-ROM, precisely ''because'' it's an "archaic format" which nobody would look twice at.
2nd Jan '16 10:43:34 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Building on many of ''Snatcher'''s strengths (the VisualNovel interface with shooting segments sprinkled in for good measure), ''Policenauts'' was first released for the [[{{PC98}} NEC PC-9821]] computer platform in 1994, with console ports for the [=3DO=], UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation}}, and UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn following soon after. Konami announced an English localization of the Sega Saturn version in 1996 (two years before ''Metal Gear Solid''), but ultimately chose to cancel it when the developers allegedly (according to an interview with Kojima in the official strategy guide) found themselves unable to properly sync the English dialogue to the game's pre-animated FMV cutscenes. The FanTranslation linked above is actually of the PS version - an ordeal in itself, voice recording notwithstanding, as translators ran up against a variety of oddly compressed graphics and sequences that would go outside the grain for only one or two parts of the game. The patch finally came out on Hideo Kojima's 46th birthday (August 24, 2009, which is also the date of Jonathan and Lorraine's wedding in the story), though, in what SomethingAwful forumer LetsPlay/{{slowbeef}} (the "Comrade" part was appended following a Russian site catching wind of the project) calls a Beta release: aside from the Japanese-only audio, the game is not only completely playable in English but is polished enough to be considered as good as any official release could have been.

to:

Building on many of ''Snatcher'''s strengths (the VisualNovel interface with shooting segments sprinkled in for good measure), ''Policenauts'' was first released for the [[{{PC98}} NEC PC-9821]] computer platform in 1994, with console ports for the [=3DO=], UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation}}, and UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn following soon after. Konami announced an English localization of the Sega Saturn version in 1996 (two years before ''Metal Gear Solid''), but ultimately chose to cancel it when the developers allegedly (according to an interview with Kojima in the official strategy guide) found themselves unable to properly sync the English dialogue to the game's pre-animated FMV cutscenes. The FanTranslation linked above is actually of the PS version - an ordeal in itself, voice recording notwithstanding, as translators ran up against a variety of oddly compressed graphics and sequences that would go outside the grain for only one or two parts of the game. The patch finally came out on Hideo Kojima's 46th birthday (August 24, 2009, which is also the date of Jonathan and Lorraine's wedding in the story), though, in what SomethingAwful Website/SomethingAwful forumer LetsPlay/{{slowbeef}} (the "Comrade" part was appended following a Russian site catching wind of the project) calls a Beta release: aside from the Japanese-only audio, the game is not only completely playable in English but is polished enough to be considered as good as any official release could have been.
15th Dec '15 5:33:47 PM MarkLungo
Is there an issue? Send a Message


SpiritualSuccessor to Creator/HideoKojima's interactive cult classic ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', ''Policenauts'' is basically what you get when you let {{Konami}}'s resident sci-fi author retell the story of Rip Van Winkle using the characters from Lethal Weapon... then [[NoExportForYou forget to tell America]] for about a decade until [[LetsPlay Comrade]] LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}} [[http://policenauts.net/english and pals]] whang the fandom upside the head with [[FanTranslation the digital equivalent of the Rosetta Stone]].

to:

SpiritualSuccessor to Creator/HideoKojima's interactive cult classic ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', ''Policenauts'' is basically what you get when you let {{Konami}}'s Creator/{{Konami}}'s resident sci-fi author retell the story of Rip Van Winkle RipVanWinkle using the characters from Lethal Weapon...''Film/LethalWeapon''... then [[NoExportForYou forget to tell America]] for about a decade until [[LetsPlay Comrade]] LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}} [[http://policenauts.net/english and pals]] whang the fandom upside the head with [[FanTranslation the digital equivalent of the Rosetta Stone]].
15th Dec '15 5:32:20 PM MarkLungo
Is there an issue? Send a Message


->''Is it a challenge from man to space? Or a challenge from space against mankind?''

SpiritualSuccessor to HideoKojima's interactive cult classic ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', ''Policenauts'' is basically what you get when you let {{Konami}}'s resident sci-fi author retell the story of Rip Van Winkle using the characters from Lethal Weapon... then [[NoExportForYou forget to tell America]] for about a decade until [[LetsPlay Comrade]] LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}} [[http://policenauts.net/english and pals]] whang the fandom upside the head with [[FanTranslation the digital equivalent of the Rosetta Stone]].

to:

->''Is
->''"Is
it a challenge from man to space? Or a challenge from space against mankind?''

mankind?"''

SpiritualSuccessor to HideoKojima's Creator/HideoKojima's interactive cult classic ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', ''Policenauts'' is basically what you get when you let {{Konami}}'s resident sci-fi author retell the story of Rip Van Winkle using the characters from Lethal Weapon... then [[NoExportForYou forget to tell America]] for about a decade until [[LetsPlay Comrade]] LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}} [[http://policenauts.net/english and pals]] whang the fandom upside the head with [[FanTranslation the digital equivalent of the Rosetta Stone]].



* GeneralGamingGamepads: The [=PS1=] version is playable with the Playstation Mouse, while the shooting sections of the Saturn version can be played with a LightGun.

to:

* GeneralGamingGamepads: UsefulNotes/GeneralGamingGamepads: The [=PS1=] version is playable with the Playstation Mouse, while the shooting sections of the Saturn version can be played with a LightGun.
This list shows the last 10 events of 55. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=VisualNovel.Policenauts