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Aconcagua... El Centinela Blanco. Sobre sus pendientes inhumanas, donde el hielo y el viento son soberanos, frequentemente los extremos se unen, el comienzo y el final de un camino, exito y fracaso, vida y muerte. note 
Aconcagua is a
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Japan only survival horror/Action-Adventure video game developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2000 for the Playstation. Despite it's an exclusive release with Japanese text, the game's cutscenes are voice acted in English and Spanish, which gives it a more realistic feel.

As the result of a merciless leader, social, and political unrest plagues the South American country of Meruza. A woman named Pachamama is the leader of a Democratic movement to end this tyranny. However, on a plane ride back to Meruza, a bomb is set off, causing the plane to crash in the Aconcagua mountain. The game follows five survivors as they attempt to get off of the mountain, in time for the Meruzan Independence Day:

  • Pachamama: The determined leader of Meruza's democratic movement, and the target of the terrorist bombing. She can speak Spanish fluently, and can assist the group in translating Spanish documents, as well as send rescue transmissions.
  • Katoh: A Japanese mountaineer turned journalist who boarded the doomed flight to cover the story of Pachamama. Because of his mountaineer experience, he can climb up to places that other characters cannot.
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  • Steve: A panicky engineer who can handle any technological obstacles the group may face along the way.
  • Julia: A woman claiming to be a journalist from The United States. She wields a knife and can sneak up on enemies and kill them.
  • Lopez: The last survivor to join your group. He is a strong man who can lift and move heavy objects when needed.

As the survivors make their way down the mountain, they must confront Meruzan troops sent to kill them all, as well as the possibility of someone in the group working with the Meruzan government to stop Pachamama from reaching Meruza's capitol in time to stop a civil war from breaking out.


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The game provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Julia, who is the only one in your group who can kill enemies with an actual weapon.
  • Banana Republic: Meruza, though it is more mountainous than tropical.
  • Bilingual Bonus: If you're an English speaker using an emulator, having knowledge in Spanish and/or Japanese will give you more details into the plot of the game.
  • Captain Obvious: Katoh, at times.
    Katoh: "Don't give up now! Giving up means dying in the mountains."
  • Death Mountain: The setting of the game. It should be worth noting that Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Pachamama goes through this, when she thinks that they will never make it back in time to prevent a civil war from breaking out. Luckily, Katoh manages to pull her out of this.
  • Fat Bastard: Subverted with Steve, who is a bit of a jerk at times, but he is not the traitor.

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