All of you who loved House of the
Dead (both of them) and Time Crisis and Area 51, step forward. The rest of you are
dismissed. This is a private meeting. Ive got good news: Confidential Mission rules.
And that information is not classified. Its been a long time since weve seen
any shooters like this on the DC. If youre aching for a new on-rails shooter, look
no further. This is it. Nuff said. Ill stop.
wont stop. That would be unfair. Confidential Mission is basically a secret agent
themed version of House of the Dead. You cruise around, "on rails," so to speak,
and you shoot stuff. The basic story revolves around bringing down a really bad guy who is
trying to destroy the world, or maybe just increase our gas prices. It doesnt really
matter. The only imperative is to not shoot the innocents and shoot all the bad guys
game takes you through three levels: a museum, a train, and the villains lair.
Youll encounter everything from tricked out Egyptian relics, to snow tanks and
helicopters, to the requisite horde after horde of baddies. It makes you wonder: Just how
many bad guys can hide behind one wet bar? The variety in enemies is a little bit
original, but mainly the game relies on overwhelming you with numbers, which is fine when
youre blazing at the top of your game.
and regarding gameplay, Confidential Mission is very comparable to House of the Dead. The
graphics have that crisp, bright, Sega arcade quality that is very easy on the eyes.
Gameplay is the basic move your target, shoot, reload style. Although not advertised on
the packaging, a light gun can be used with Confidential Mission, and greatly enhances the
gameplay. One aspect of Confidential Mission is different than House of the Dead, and that
is the inclusion of mini-tasks that require more than just shooting. For example, you may
have to shoot out a group of vents spewing poisonous gas, or you might have to help out a
hostage dangling from the roof of a train. These breaks in the game provide some
much-needed variety, and they are pretty dang fun.
basic arcade mode is included, and if you beat that youll open up the "Another
World" mode, which changes things around a bit. The Partner mode is pretty fun. It
highlights different enemies to correspond to each of the two players, and only the
designated player can kill that enemy. This mode really accentuates teamwork, and provides
a good spin on the game for a few replays.
Confidential Mission is fairly stock. Aside from the aforementioned innovations, its
just an on-rails shooter. The enemies pop up, and they stay where they are until you shoot
them. The game is also incredibly short. You can easily finish it a few times in an hour.
Replay value is there, but no more than any other on-rails shooter, and less than House of
the Dead 2. Dont expect to dig up a whole lot of special extras in Confidential
Mission. Sega is releasing the game with a $20 price tag, so that will ease the pain to
the pocketbook, but unless you have a light gun sitting around gathering dust, it probably
isnt a title you really need.