Half-Life 2 to hit Japanese arcades

Taito's take on the PC shooter, subtitled Survivor, trades keyboard and mouse for joysticks and pedals, features networked cooperative and deathmatch play.

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Gordon Freeman might be able to save the planet from an extradimensional alien invasion, but can he save the arcade industry?

In a private exhibition taking place in Tokyo, Taito has revealed that it is developing an arcade edition of the Half-Life protagonist's exploits. A redesigned version of Valve Software's popular first-person shooter, Half-Life 2 Survivor is slated for a March 2006 release in Japan.

Half-Life 2 Survivor runs on an arcade cabinet that looks like that of a typical car-racing game, but instead of taking the wheel, players use joysticks on both armrests and foot pedals to control the action. The machine is based on Taito's Type-X unit, which is an arcade system built with PC components, running on Windows XP Embedded. The cabinet used for the game features a 32-inch LCD monitor running at a resolution of 1360x768 pixels, and it also has 5.1-channel surround sound. As usual for modern arcade games, the machine uses a smart card for storing player data.

Half-Life 2 Survivor is network enabled, so players in different arcades will be able to work with or against each other in a variety of modes. Battle mode lets players jump into a deathmatch, while mission mode calls on players to cooperate and take on various challenges. At the moment, eight players can enjoy the game together through network play, with the game providing bots to fill in empty player spots. Half-Life 2 Survivor is also playable offline with story mode, in which players take the role of the main character, Gordon Freeman.

For more on Taito's source material, check out GameSpot's full review of the original Half-Life 2 on PC.

Discussion

25 comments
jerico6
jerico6

Sounds... interesting...

hush404
hush404

That's hella cool! Kind late tho.... They should of done this when HL2 shipped.

l33t_m4573r
l33t_m4573r

Well I don't live in the US, but here in Canada it's the same story. Arcades simply aren't popular anymore and I think that sucks. For alot of games the experience of playing it in an arcade simply can't be beaten. Compare playing Time Crisis 3 at home to the arcade. At home you get a few friends to watch and maybe play and your gun is boring and lifeless and you minus a handy way of hiding and popping out. Then in the arcades you get an atmosphere where many people may stop by to watch your skillage and the gun even has recoil. Plus you got that nice pedal for easy hiding and popping out. Then theres just all this cool gimicky games that can only be done effectively at the arcade (like Police 911). In short, arcades are an awesome place for gamers to congregate and I really hope the industry gets back on it's feat so that we start getting cool things like that HL2 arcade game here. I don't know about you, but I'd love to give that baby a try.

allmybase
allmybase

Indeed, if the arcades here in the US were actually popular (for purposes other than DDR hotspots), then this game would work here in the US. But, sadly enough, that just isn't the case. Cheers to Japan for getting another cool game. ^_^

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Arcades are so... 1990's.

Terminator14
Terminator14

Ha, so it's finaly coming out. I read about this in Computer Gaming world like almost a year ago, I knew it. Well at least I already guessed it would come out in Japan. THe real question though was, will it come to the US?

rudyroundhead
rudyroundhead

Sounds like those mechassault arcades that they have with 8 or 9 of them connected. Sounds cool. I pretty much think the arcade industy is dead in the US though.

halvedlife
halvedlife

Why don't they do this stuff in the U.S.?! Japan gets all the cool S&%$!

GunslingerMan
GunslingerMan

Damn another reason why I wan't to live in Japan .

davahsa
davahsa

Does Japan want this? I do!

StanleyL
StanleyL

I just got back from Japan a few weeks ago, and their arcades are totally different from any you'd find in the states. From RTS games on virtual table tops to glorified rock-paper-scissors in the form of cyber beetle fights, it looks like if it sounds weird, it would probably fit right in.

Zilch06
Zilch06

Hum... HL2... ...in a Time Crisis area.... I love the concept. But joysticks and pedals? I dunno...

Eribuster_basic
Eribuster_basic

Sounds a bit better then Namco's Counter Strike Neo.

Ockeroid02
Ockeroid02

It sound like it'd be fun a lot of fun for arcade gamers. But I'd also rather play it on my PC.

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

Wow, thats actually pretty cool. Too bad there's no north america release :(.

shaddix55
shaddix55

HL2 in the arcade could really work. Great concept.

Sabooya
Sabooya

Arcades aren't really my thing but fun to play from time to time. ID like to test this game out, but Ill always be faithfull to the PC verion!

Os1r1s
Os1r1s

When I first saw that game, i really wanted to play it. import it here please!!!

magus704
magus704

This is a pretty cool idea, but I still don't think it can possibly eclipse it on the PC. No version can, not even the Xbox. I mean, how can you possibly hope for a more precise aiming system than mouse-keyboard?

raiden7890
raiden7890

wow sounds interesting, i wanna give it a try

tidusjeff
tidusjeff

I am a bit suprised that Taito and Valve is saying when it will be released in arcades, they haven't said a single word about the arcade version for allmost 2 years O_O. I guess this means this game is not on japanese computers huh?

j14rk1n
j14rk1n

Is that the female assassin model that was taken out of HL2?

JcHeat
JcHeat

Meh I'd rather just play it on Xbox or PC. Fair enough though. Sounds cool.