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Credited cast:
Yûsaku Yara ...
Gillian Seed (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Kikuko Inoue ...
Jamie Seed (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Randam Hajile (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Mika Slayton (voice)
Isao Inoguchi ...
Jean-Jack Gibson (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi ...
Harry Benson (voice)
Gorô Naya ...
Benson Cunningham (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucy Childs ...
Metal Gear / Female Employee (voice)
Lynn Foosaner ...
Katrina Gibson / Lisa / Telephone Operator (voice)
Kimberly Harne ...
Mika Slayton (voice)
Jeff Lupetin ...
Gillian Seed / Snatcher (voice)
Susan Mele ...
Jamie Seed / Fortune Teller (voice)
Jim Parks ...
Randam Hajile / Napoleon / Jean Jack Gibson / Ivan Rodriguez (voice)
Ray Van Steen ...
Benson Cunningham / Harry Benson / Elijah Madnar / Chin Su Oh / Narrator / Ramen Guy (voice)


June 6, 1996, A mysterious explosion destroys the Chernolton research facility near Moscow. Lucifer Alpha, a powerful biological weapon under secret development there is released into the atmosphere, creating a deadly biohazard. Carried by the trade winds, Lucifer Alpha spreads through out Eastern Europe and Eurasia, destroying 80% of the populace. Half of the world's people die. The greatest biohazard in history later simply becomes known as "The Catastrophe". But at this time who could have possibly imagined that the ultimate biohazard wouldn't occur for another half century. 50 years later mankind faces its greatest crisis, the appearance of a mysterious android life form. It's purpose and origin are unknown. Is it a new kind of weapon? Or perhaps an invasion from some other world. They appear during winter killing humans, and infiltrating society by taking the place of their victims. Employing an artificial skin, they can sweat and even bleed. Part organic, part machine, they're ... Written by Napoleon

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15 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Snatcher  »

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ID files for Hideo Kojima and other members of the game's development staff can be found by typing their names into Gaudy (JORDAN in the English version), the computer that's located in Junker HQ. Some of the profiles and staff members may vary between versions. See more »


Gillian Seed: [yielding his new blaster] It's unbelievably light.
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June 6, 1996. A mysterious explosion occurs in the Chernolton Research Facility in Moscow. Lucifer Alpha, a top-secret biological weapon, is released into the atmosphere, killing off 50% of the world's populous. Soon after, Lucifer Alpha mutates into non-lethal form.

50 years later, a mysterious android life-form begins appearing around Neo Kobe, Japan. It's motives and origins are unknown. They appear in winter killing humans and taking their place in society via artificial skin. This artificial skin allows the androids to imitate their victims down to the blood, making them almost indestinguishable from the real thing. As these mysterious bio-roids begin implementing their imitation skills, they become known as 'snatchers'.

Neo Kobe, Japan December 2047. You are Gillian Seed, an amnesiac assigned by the military as a 'junker' (Japanese Neuro-Kinetic Elimination Ranger). Your job is to eliminate all snatchers that you come across. Equipped with a state-of-the-art blaster and your navigator robot Metal Gear, you must move throughout Neo Kobe gathering clues and shooting up snatchers without getting yourself killed.

And so begins possibly the greatest game of all time. Snatcher will captivate you from the very beginning, opening up with an cinematic sequence on par with Hollywood's best cyberpunk films. And if you think that's great, wait until you get your blaster... The game pays so much attention to minor detail without losing the plot or character developement that it's almost frightening. You can enjoy the technology behind Gillian's shower and trenchcoat without sacrificing the game's serious tone. And trust me, this is not a game for the little ones. Snatcher is supported by a strong, mature storyline laced with enough gore and violence to satisfy even the most blood-hungry teenager. Another one of the game's triumphs is its ability to make a suspensful scene that makes your blood run cold. I can remember jumping in fear when Metal Gear's motion detector would go off in a dark room or hearing the fast-paced music when I would find a crucial piece of evidence. For an enhanced experience, play Snatcher in the dark... The story is more complex than you could imagine, but it's rather easy to follow, making the game all the more enjoyable. Finding a simple piece of paper on the ground could trigger hundreds of possiblities as to where to go and who to look for. And in a world where no one is quite what they seem to be, your detective skills will have to be as sharp as your eye.

Snatcher is more than a game, it's an emotional experience. You'll be playing without a break until the very end simply because your senses will be begging for more. You will be rewarded with a nice little plot twist at the end, too, so that's another one of the game's advantages. Snatcher is well worth tracking down and playing.

Just make sure not to get yourself killed out there.

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