Crime Crackers 2 is the sequel to Crime Crackers and is also a first person perspective RPG action game that features cartoon characters and the classic rpg gameplay. The game features 8 possible routes and endings to the game, with an additional EXTRA ROUTE opened up once you beat all 8.
Join Seria, Shiza, Jonmichael, Mardock, Wendy, and the other members that make up Team Guppy as they fly through the Milky Way, dealing with crime and all that jazz. CC2 is definitely a step-up and I'll post more as I play through the game. The character design is done by "Kokomai".
The game is a direct sequel to the previous game. This time however, the main cast is different and you no longer have to come to terms with flying the galaxy in a pink dolphin spaceship. Your cast now flys around in a "guppy" ship and the team is known as the Guppy Team. The team captian is Seria Hasselbag, a blonde haired sixteen year old girl who is virtuous and kind, but also a little naive. Her goal is to be as great of a Crime Cracker as Emilia F. Alcanett, the main heroine of the previous game. Emilia and her team are known throughout the Milky Way as S-rank bounty hunters at this point (although you could get SS rank in the previous game). Before I mention the other members of the Guppy Team, I just gotta interrupt with a question: Where the hell do these young, barely (or haven't) hit purberty kids come from with the money to afford all this stuff? A spaceship, guns, furniture, computers and possibly more??? And then you have...also, about that...Ah well. I guess if you put too much thought into it, it all just becomes worthless.
Moving along, you have Wendy Wilkinson, a maid with blue hair that works hard to provide care for Seria and her crew (particularly Seria though). Of course, she can't just be a maid, right? What would the point of that be? Okay, let me supersize your combo meal here; she's a maid with wings. She has straps on her back that when removed, reveal a pair of wings (possibly dragon wings). I should just point out that Wendy is very kind, but also very ditzy and clueless at times...and she also has some kind of art on the shoulder(s) of her outfit that look suspiciously like the Triforces of Courage, Power, and Wisdom.
Since this game would probably be nothing without some kind of catgirl or animal chick, I should introduce the next character, Shiza Kanagusk (Kanagusk is pronounced Ka-na-guu-sk). Sporting wild pink hair and a ponytail, Shiza is the tough gal of the group. She likes to tease people and train intensely to become stronger for battle. Shiza is very powerful; So powerful in fact that she can shoot an incredibly powerful energy blast that could rival Street Fighter Ryu's Shinkuu Hadouken. Whenever the Guppy Team gets into a tough situation, they can count on Shiza's strength to pull them out of the fire. Shiza is skilled in various forms of fighting, but her specialty is Kenpo.
The last two members of the Guppy Team are Jonmichael Hasselbag and Mardock Hooper. Mardock is a cat/dog looking guy with blue fur who happens to love eating biscuits and relaxing his old bones. He's the navigator of the Guppy starship as well as a handy Engineer skilled at messing around with junk. Jonmichael is a support droid and he aids the Guppy team. Sharing the same last name as the Guppy team captain, he acts as a father figure and trys to maintain order with reasoning as well as the wisdom of an adult. Whenever Jon isn't up to anything in particular, he can be found as a small floating robot. However, when it's time to take care of business, Jon transforms and packs a huge and muscular body. Jon is also needed whenever the Guppy team is forced to use their starship's "Dimension Blaster", a powerful laser that pierces through just about anything.
The five characters mentioned before are the main characters, but you also get three other people to join the Guppy Team: Bates Hamil, Dolf Fisher, and PAN-G. Bates is a member of the Galaxy Police who is sent by Silvia and D. Silvia and D are high members of the Galaxy Police and will communicate with Crime Crackers and other bounty hunters in an effort to bring justice to the galaxy and put criminals in prison. Due to a tragic event in his past where he lost a friend who looks a great deal like Seria (he looks at Seria strangely because the resemblence is uncanny), Bates joined the GP to prevent others from suffering misfortune like himself. Dolf (looks like a dolphin man) is a treasure hunter who believes in the classic philosphy that "Time is money!". He is also known as Iruka, a kind of nickname that he feels is cool. PAN-G is a cyborg who has lost her memory. Throughout the course of the game, she will eventually discover that she was once known as a human named Rebecca and that she is the daughter of the mad scientist, Professor Laddo, who has ties to the Galaxy Police as well as some shady dealings with others.
Lastly, you have the baddies. Your main enemy will be known as Kurasu no Basuku, or the Crow Bask. The leader is a guy who looks like a giant pirate crow and he comes around to annoy your crew in a battle machine called the Gun Crow. The Gun Crow comes in various shapes that possess varied forms of attack. Next, you have Jiea (pronounced Gee-yeah), a humorous dolt who has been watching too much Micheal Jackson, I assume. Dressed up like a smooth criminal with the same off-white suit and classic curly and wavy Jackson hair, Jiea is some kind of salesman who is taking orders from someone to cause trouble in the galaxy. He refers to Seria as his sweet honey, although Seria thinks he's a creep and he drives a sweet transforming car to fight you in battle. When you defeat him at a point in the game, he is interupted by a call on his keitai (Japanese cell phone). During this time, he blows your heroes off completely and has his own conversation on the phone! Jiea and Dolf are also rivals.
You will eventually meet three more people: Laddo (as a machine), Greydolf (who is actually a girl with the name of Vicky with ties to Bates' past) and a man known as The Conductor. The Conductor is the mastermind behind the string of crimes that your characters will crack and while he manipulates the others (Crow Bask, Jiea, Laddo, Greydolf) to do crime, he has a much more sinister plan up his sleeve. In the end, the universe is a stage to him to conduct his grand symphony, a symphony that involves chaos. I'll leave the other details as a mystery, but his real plan is to revive a horrible event of the past.
The impressive thing about the plot of CC2 is that the dialogue and cutscenes are significantly better than the first game and the game has over a whopping thirty five minutes of anime cutscenes with spoken dialogue that help to carry the plot out even further. Not too many games (even considering how many Playstation has) back then had that much movie time. To that, I say well done. Once again, Kokomai provides the quirky "kawaii power" character designs and I also congratulate Media.Vision for actually being able to get the cooperation of so many talented seiyu! For those who don't know, seiyus are Japanese voice actors/actresses. Like the previous game, Crime Crackers 2 has an original soundtrack by the talented Noriyuki Asakura.
Loads of talented seiyu leant their talents to Media.Vision during the production of this game. Some of the noteworthy folks are Junko Iwao (most notable for her involvment with Cardcaptor Sakura, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Chibi Maruko-chan), Yukana Nogami (Code Geass, Moldiver and Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid) Yuko Miyamura (Case Closed, Black/Matrix and Tail Concerto), Michiko Neya (Initial D, Magical School Lunar, and Eureka Seven's Talho), Kosuke Okano (Japanese Dexter's Laboratory, Saint Tail's Asuka Jr.) Kiyoyuki Yanada (Zone of the Enders, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040), and Kotono Mitsuishi, one of the most prolific seiyus there is.
Additionally, Crime Crackers 2 has two songs; An opening song and an "Insertion Title". The Opening, Lady First, is sung by Junko Iwao, Yuko Miyamura, and Yukana Nogami. The Second song, "gin-iro no machi" (as I've heard somewhere), is sung by just Junko Iwao. According to this site, gin-iro no machi roughly translates into "A City in Silver" or "A City of Silver". Some sites state Junko Iwao's name as Jyunko Iwao and the credits list her name as Jyunko Iwao.
Exhilarating 3D action RPG that depicts the activities of Emilia hero as "Crime Crackers" bounty hunter is back. Intact, the fun of solving mysteries, such as traps and pitfalls distinctive character, such as robots that combine new variant appeared. Adopted a system of multi-ending story that branches in eight ways by how to proceed. Now, a new adventure begins.
- First person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- SCI-FI, Futuristic & Anime themes.