Starring Cy Girls agents Ice and Aska, the game spans two DVDs charting the pairs' missions, as the player is drawn into a deadly mission of espionage and adventure. Uniquely, the two DVDs are linked by a common story and, as the pair travel the globe and beyond in separate missions to track down and eliminate a computer wizard out to hold the world to ransom, recognisable locations are seen from different views as both Ice and Aska infiltrate the same strongholds.
Cy Girls: the future of espionage.
You can play as either Aska your usual female ninja type or Ice, who specialises in handguns. Each character has a seperate disc and the storyline varies for each character, although the same levels are re-used for both girls.
In a way the settings are just backdrops for the stylised gameplay, although they are very smoothly visualised, and range from traditional Japanese buildings to modern high tech skyscrapers.
The other element to the game which makes it unusual is 'diving' into cyberspace to find further clues about the storyline. This means travelling along what seems to be computer versions of the real world, and involves battling computer viruses and finding files containing information to further the story. Thrilling stuff!
Back to gameplay in the real world, Aska in particular excells in close combat , and in skilled players hands can total outclass the (numerous) guards. Ice too can do some pretty neat manoeuvres, she can cartweel whilst shooting guards down and fire whilst sliding along the floor.
Whilst this sounds like the perfect game there a few problems, mostly in that you have to be patient finding the clues and relevant objects to move on to the next part of the story. Basically if you are willing to devote time to this game, you will be well rewarded with some original touches and a visual style not found in many other games.
I'm disappointed and feel let down by Konami. No doubt this title will find an audience with adolescent MGS fan-boys while they wait for the exceptionally hyped release of MGS3. If this is the best that Konami can do, then perhaps I'll give that a miss too.