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Ok, now that Policenauts has finally been translated and we've gotten a chance to play through it, there is one question that is inevitable: Is it better than Snatcher? Both games are from Hideo Kojima and feature a similar style of gameplay, so comparisons are to be expected. Personally, although I thoroughly enjoyed Policenauts, I still prefer Snatcher. Perhaps I'm biased because I'm such a big Blade Runner fan and love the similarities, but I liked the storyline better in Snatcher. I also like the music a bit better in Snatcher too. Both are great games though. So, which game do you all prefer?


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I enjoyed snatcher more. Felt more interactivy. Like that part where you are in the dark and u have the flashlight to look around was awesome.

When I play snatcher or policenauts it's a mainly a one time thing so i try to read and click as much things as possible first time through. Snatcher felt a lot fairly paced and the plot/action kicked in early and was there throughout the game.

Snatchers menus are a lot more basic and a lot less options to choose to read all the details. With policenauts the first scene took me 20-30 minutes to read every little thing and click on it. Throughout the beginning of the game where you pretty much visit all these new areas I would read everything to get the most out of it. 1st 6 hours I spent reading. I guess if your not a hardcore fan really wanting to know what happens in policenauts. All that reading will deter the majority of people from giving the game a fair chance. Policenauts felt like a soap opera to me at times. It was a good one though.


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I think Policenauts felt more fully realized to me. Snatcher was so achingly derivative of Blade Runner that it didn't really feel like it was raising any of its own questions or themes, where Policenauts seems like a really thoughtful, well developed world with logic and science behind it that deals with things in its own.

Snatcher does feel a bit more open and challenging than Policenauts, which really doesn't even let you get lost of screw up, but the fact is neither are really compelling from a gameplay standpoint anyway. Like most Japanese adventures, they're driven by story and characters, and that's the point.

Policenauts also had the advantage of much higher production values, which helps to flesh out the world and make the characters shine, so that's a factor too.


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I like both, but Snatcher edges it. As for the storylines, yes Snatcher did seem to be derived from movies such as Blade Runner and Terminator, but Policenauts wasn't entirely original either. It seemed to be a cross between Lethal Weapon and Coma, but set in space. The look of the facility on the moon in the PC-9821 version was ripped straight from Coma, as were certain storyline aspects.


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I haven't beat Policenauts yet, but I think I like it more. Mostly because the system for gameplay is way more streamlined than Snatcher. Hopefully it doesn't spoil me too much when I try to go back to Snatcher.

It does make you wonder what Project S will be like. Killer7's movement plus Policenauts menus plus Snatcher's world and light-gun combat. Makes me want to go buy a Guncon3 just in case.


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snatcher has a better story but policenauts is bigger and has better gameplay.


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snatcher has a better story but policenauts is bigger and has better gameplay.


I'm not so sure that Policenauts is bigger. Policenauts is definitely more text-intensive and takes longer to play through, but I'm not so sure if Policenauts has more locations and things to do. I do agree that Snatcher has a better story.

One thing I was just thinking about. There is an inconsistency that I couldn't help but notice:

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There is a shoot-out scene on the moon when Ed and Jonathan are trying to get to the pod launcher and are ambushed by some Goddard units. Jonathan uses his recoil gun and some armor piercing rounds to take them down. Keep in mind that he's not using a lift gun, so how can he shoot that armored suits down like that. Wouldn't the moon's gravity be too weak to use his gun like that?


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There is a shoot-out scene on the moon when Ed and Jonathan are trying to get to the pod launcher and are ambushed by some Goddard units. Jonathan uses his recoil gun and some armor piercing rounds to take them down. Keep in mind that he's not using a lift gun, so how can he shoot that armored suits down like that. Wouldn't the moon's gravity be too weak to use his gun like that?


Not as long as he had his feet planted firmly on the ground and he had a good stance.


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All in all I love both games!
They are VERY similar, It just depends on what kind of storyline and dialog you liked the best to me really.

Policenauts was a really great game, But Snatcher to me had more "freedom" and humorous dialog, Eventhough Policenauts has a much higher production value and presentation.

I was also more into the "CyberPunk" storyline of Snatcher than Policenauts's more "Medical" themed plot.
(at certin time in Policenauts I felt like I was reading a medical Dictionary!...wich is both good and bad).

So Snatcher just barely tops Policenauts in my mind still.....but it's a close one! :mrgreen:

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cacetete wrote:
snatcher has a better story but policenauts is bigger and has better gameplay.


I'm not so sure that Policenauts is bigger. Policenauts is definitely more text-intensive and takes longer to play through, but I'm not so sure if Policenauts has more locations and things to do. I do agree that Snatcher has a better story.

One thing I was just thinking about. There is an inconsistency that I couldn't help but notice:

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There is a shoot-out scene on the moon when Ed and Jonathan are trying to get to the pod launcher and are ambushed by some Goddard units. Jonathan uses his recoil gun and some armor piercing rounds to take them down. Keep in mind that he's not using a lift gun, so how can he shoot that armored suits down like that. Wouldn't the moon's gravity be too weak to use his gun like that?


I say it's bigger because it has a lot of extra things to do with the interface being a pointer: you can point and examine anything, while in snatcher you are limited to the text interface. also, the game has a lot more arcade shootings, they are harder and better and bigger, there are little extra games like the bomb and purse stuff, and if you play both very fast, policenauts still lasts longer with it's 7 acts.
in this part you say wasnt he using ed's gun? don't remember it this is while the boss was retaining johnatans gun.


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I say it's bigger because it has a lot of extra things to do with the interface being a pointer: you can point and examine anything, while in snatcher you are limited to the text interface. also, the game has a lot more arcade shootings, they are harder and better and bigger, there are little extra games like the bomb and purse stuff, and if you play both very fast, policenauts still lasts longer with it's 7 acts.


Honestly, I thought the shoot-outs were pretty easy in Policenauts. I only died twice during all of them, and that's because I got hit by the semi during the motorcycle chase. I think the final shooting scene in Snatcher was far more difficult than any of them. Personally, I think Snatcher is just as long as Policenauts aside from reading all the text. All the reading really adds to the game's length.

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in this part you say wasnt he using ed's gun? don't remember it this is while the boss was retaining johnatans gun.


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Ed gave Jonathan his gun back after he snuck it back from Gates along with Hojo's ID.


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I haven't beat Policenauts yet, but I think I like it more. Mostly because the system for gameplay is way more streamlined than Snatcher. Hopefully it doesn't spoil me too much when I try to go back to Snatcher.

It does make you wonder what Project S will be like. Killer7's movement plus Policenauts menus plus Snatcher's world and light-gun combat. Makes me want to go buy a Guncon3 just in case.


What's the deal with Project S? Is it still even coming out? Last I heard Suda & Kojima haven't spoken since last year when they were both in a toilet at some convention.


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Frogacuda wrote:
RyuHayabusa wrote:
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There is a shoot-out scene on the moon when Ed and Jonathan are trying to get to the pod launcher and are ambushed by some Goddard units. Jonathan uses his recoil gun and some armor piercing rounds to take them down. Keep in mind that he's not using a lift gun, so how can he shoot that armored suits down like that. Wouldn't the moon's gravity be too weak to use his gun like that?


Not as long as he had his feet planted firmly on the ground and he had a good stance.


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I still found it a bit hard to believe that Jonathan could defeat single-handely several armored suits with his tiny recoil gun. I'm not a weapons expert, but I don't think armor-percing bullets could be that powerful. I also find it pretty ridiculous that Jonathan could wipe out a whole squad of AP troopers. After witnessing Redwood taking so many hits before finally going down, it's a bit absurd to think that only a couple of shots could do the trick with most of his colleagues. At first, I thought Jonathan was going to hijack a Goddard suit or something, which would have been awesome.


At least, in Snatcher, the shoot-out scenes made a little more sense.


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khmr33 wrote:
I haven't beat Policenauts yet, but I think I like it more. Mostly because the system for gameplay is way more streamlined than Snatcher. Hopefully it doesn't spoil me too much when I try to go back to Snatcher.

It does make you wonder what Project S will be like. Killer7's movement plus Policenauts menus plus Snatcher's world and light-gun combat. Makes me want to go buy a Guncon3 just in case.


What's the deal with Project S? Is it still even coming out? Last I heard Suda & Kojima haven't spoken since last year when they were both in a toilet at some convention.


You'd need some "journalists" to actually ask when they get the chance rather than stroking Kojima's Metal Gear...

Maybe we should start a Snatchers development budget on Kiva or something.


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I loved both, but I think Policenauts improved on everything.


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I loved Policenauts but Snatcher will always be my baby <3

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Well...
Snatcher Is amazing, and it was probably the best $150 bucks I had spent to buy a complete copy. I loved every second of it!
Policenauts IS fully realized, and even though I have not finished it quite yet, I am leaning towards Policenauts. It's an exhaustingly awesome universe and it is still completely holds up today!!!
Gameplay is better, Music richer, Dialouge, on and on!
Another note.....MY GOD HOW LONG DID THIS TAKE TO TRANSLATE? FOR EVERY MOVE ON THE SCREEN THERE IS TEXT, WHAT A FANTASTIC DEDICATED JOB YOU GUYS DID...:)
So, yes I would say Policenauts. Playing on a modded PS1 truly is the way to go, though the emulation on psxe is just as incredible!
SO....MARC, SLOWBEEF,ART....Will we be getting the roundtable from you guys on the whole process? I would love to see what you guys have to say in depth. Plus a group photo to put faces to avatars :)
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I don't think Policenauts is less derivative than Snatcher. Snatcher may steal Blade Runner's ideas, but as with both stories, the comparisons stop with their respective source inspirations at aesthetics. While Blade Runner is chiefly an exploration of existentialism, Snatcher is mainly a story about paranoia and trust. It's a high-tech Invasion of the Bodysnatchers.

As for preferences, while I am completely blown away by Policenauts, Snatcher is too hard to beat. The story is more dramatic, the stakes higher, the twists more disarming, plus I'm a sucker for horror.

But hey, Lethal Weapon in space. What more do you want?


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(SPOILERS AHEAD, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!)

i know im quite late on this but better then never heh, this is my honest review....and rant.

while snatcher is a cult classic, for me policenauts takes the cake.. the story is more fleshed out, the twist gave me goosebumps the most esp when finding out who "ninestars" is! the cutscenes has that ol school anime feel, the chase scenes had me on the edge of my seat! the timebomb segment were you had to defuse that badboy was nerve racking, and the music... the music i think we all can agree is memorable! it even has a remix theme of snatcher in this game, superb! the only thing is the acronym, i understand was annoying for most including myself but with a little improvise by having a pen and notepad, BOOM you are all set! the game just really made me feel like a detective in outerspace man. and nothing like good ol friends that got each others back like jon and ed!
from beginning to finish i never felt so satisfied, and did not get bored one bit!

with snatcher on the other hand, its like i had to force myself to get into it. i admit i even fell asleep playing snatcher a few times haha (sorry fellas)
snatcher just didnt give me that thrill factor. the whole story about a mad scientist in love with jamie is kind of corny, sh*t if anything... the real bad ass here is "random" (thanks to modnar's dad for creating this beast) who saves your ass twice! and the ending...the ending left me hangin BIG TIME. gave me the impression like "thats it?" snatcher is *good* but cant be better than policenauts.


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I'm a bit late as well, but whatever...

I like Snatcher more. Policenauts, while still amazing, does drag on a bit a times, and Snatcher almost never does that. Dunno how else to describe it.


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I like Snatcher's characters more likable and the pacing more balanced. They both have "filler" moments where all you do is look around everywhere, but some of the ones in policenauts feel less like I'm investigating and more like boring info dumps

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Snatcher hands down for me. The game felt more engaging, I could actually understand the dialogue instead of having to carefully read subtitles, and the characters were far more interesting.


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Um... Both?

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I often feel people don't give Policenauts a fare shake because their comparing it directly with Snatcher. Their two different games, with different pacing and story; you might as well compare Milky Ways and Snickers.

Policenauts is a game that expects you to take it slow and soak in all the small details, with the game's pacing being optimized towards this kind of play. The baseline story is just the skeleton, the subtle details are the meat. AKA, if you rush through Policenauts, you miss the point of the game.
Also (a tad off topic... but whatever), I like how dynamic the dialogue is in Policenauts. It's not immediately obvious on your first playthrough but the dialogue changes slightly based on what you've been investigating and doing, in ways Snatcher never did. (For example, if you drink allot of milk while your eating dinner with Ed, Johnathan will get diarrhea later on in the game).

All and all, their two separate games. One has a different appeal and purpose than the other.

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(For example, if you drink allot of milk while your eating dinner with Ed, Johnathan will get diarrhea later on in the game).


Hey, somebody noticed! I love that sub-plot.


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