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.

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Sounds... interesting...

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I'm intreagued.

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

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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.

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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. ^_^

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Arcades are so... 1990's.

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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?

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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.

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

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

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Does Japan want this? I do!

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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.

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

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

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i wanna play!

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

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

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HL2 in the arcade could really work. Great concept.

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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!

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

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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?

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wow sounds interesting, i wanna give it a try

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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?

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

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

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