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Suda51 is a rare breed of video game creator which totally explains why his fanbase is so devoted. Unfortunately, many of his earliest games have remained exclusively in Japan. Over the past few years we’ve seen this change — and The Silver Case’s official English release demonstrates this clearly. The Silver Case originally launched in 1999 for PlayStation 1 and as such required a lot of work to turn it into a HD edition for both PC and PS4. Much to the chagrin of fans, not only was all this work put in, but two physical limited editions were produced to celebrate the launch.
Limited Run Games were the first company to announce their limited version. It proved a shocking reveal because – up to that point – they had only worked on producing physical products for PS4 and PS Vita. This title is the first numbered entry into Limited Run’s PC line at LR-PC01. Shortly thereafter, NIS America unveiled their own limited set for PS4. Both editions cost the same $49.99 price. They also featured many of the same goods (soundtrack, artbook and manga). A few key differences between the editions, however, made the PS4 version the standout edition between them.
The Silver Case Limited Edition on PC comes housed in a cardboard box reminiscent of PC big box releases. With that said, the box’s size is not as large as actual older PC games. Housed within are the soundtrack CD, game disc, artbook, manga and manual set. Akira Yamaoka lovers will be pleased to see that the CD isn’t a sampler as is so common with limited editions. Instead, we’re treated to 34 remixed Yamaoka tracks. As for the game disc, it includes a DRM-free copy of The Silver Case. Deluxe Steam keys were sent out to folks via email, meaning there is no Steam key slip within the jewel case. Finally, there’s a manual split into two parts which doesn’t really make sense. One features information like character bios while the other lists off credits. A complimentary “Kill the Past” postcard rounds out the contents.
Also included is a 22 page manga which serves as a prequel to the #0 Lunatics chapter in The Silver Case. It’s a neat bit of storytelling by Syuji Takeya and features gritty black and white artwork. This was also available as a bonus for orders of the PS4 edition from NIS America. As for the artbook, it features some seriously high quality printing of color artwork. Each page is stylish and worth checking out (at least once you’ve finished the game). Both the manga and artbook are softcover. However, NIS’s edition of the art book is hardback. Bearing that in mind the Limited Run Games art book feels ever so slightly cheap in comparison.
In a world where only the PC physical edition existed, there would be no complaints. Unfortunately, while this is the end of the PC version contents, NIS America continues with an 18” x 24” poster – and it’s gorgeous. Of course, Limited Run devotees who wish to continue their complete collection simply needed to opt for this version. It’s important to note that the release of The Silver Case does not impact PS Vita or PS4 collections. The company started up a brand new numbering for the game (and other PC games, if they ever go forward with that) meaning your Vita/PS4 games won’t be missing an entry.
The Silver Case is a game that Suda51 fans owe it to themselves to play. Fans of noir and point and click adventures might also want to investigate it on PC or PS4. Only the most diehard of fans, however, need to seek out a physical edition. While Limited Run Games’ edition has long since sold out, copies are still available on the NISA Online Store. Just be warned that once they do sell out, they won’t be coming back in stock. Then it’ll be up to checking on eBay sales with inflated asking prices to get your Suda fix.
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