Fans Release English Translation Patch For Policenauts
Are you a Hideo Kojima fan who has desperately longed to play the games the storied designer created that were never brought to American shores? Today is your lucky day.
While we're still waiting on Konami to release Snatcher on the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live Marketplace, a group of dedicated fans has created a downloadable English language translation patch for Kojima's other big Japanese-only title, Policenauts.
Between "Snatcher" and "Policenauts" it's almost like Kojima is actively trying to make fan discussion about his games sound as ridiculous as possible, hm?
Anyway, the download can be found at Policenauts.net, and weighs in at a paltry 8MB. Included in the package is the patch, a surprisingly comprehensive text file explaining how you can use the file to play Policenauts on a Windows-compatible PlayStation emulator. You are using a legal copy of the disc, right? You kids and your damn eyepatches!
Anyway, assuming you're all legal and can follow some pretty simple instructions, the patch offers a "completely uncensored" English translation of one of Kojima's lesser-known masterpieces provided by Mark Laidlaw, a man described by the included text file as "a professional video game translator who has worked on AAA videogames."
And if you're a Konami employee, please see this as ample evidence to convince your higher ups that Americans would like some version of both this and Snatcher. We promise we won't snicker about the stupid names.
Snatcher isn't Japanese only. It was released on the Sega CD with great English voice acting. There are easy ways to find the game on the Internet, legally or otherwise.
Still, it would be stonking great to see (the best versions of, since there are so many version differences) both Snatcher and Policenauts on PSN and Xbox Live. It would be preferable to emulators, but for now this will do beautifully.
Fantastic, I've been waiting quite a while to play policenauts. Great great great great. Now I'll have to quit work.
I've already been fanatically playing this game and it's fantastic. I really like the storyline, characters and the incredible amount of research that went into this: examining a random object will in many cases lead to a very detailed description, full of scientifically correct facts (yes, there's even more of this than in the MGS games). The shooting segments are also far better than Snatcher (where you could only aim in 9 directions) and I really like the atmosphere of the space colony.
WHY WASN'T I INFORMED???
Jesus, downloading patch now.