Gunnm: Battle Angel Alita Sony PSX 1 memory block required Infoguide ver. 1.2 By Rick Banks. 9 Jan 99 **If you desire to use this Infoguide in any way shape or form, just ask me. Otherwise, this Infoguide is my work** Table of contents: 1. Intro 2. General description...review 3. How to play!!! 4. Problems 5. Helpful hints I. INTRO: Well, this is not a FAQ first of all, but rather an Infoguide that will help you learn how to play this game. I'll be improving it until I feel it's complete. After owning the game for several months, and not having a clue as to how to play it (it's all in Japanese), I was playing it one day and took a wrong turn...and presto!!! I figured out how to play the game from there. I even finished it! A while back I told some I would not do a FAQ on this, but here is a guide to tell you about the game, and how to play it. II. GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This game is wierd!!! It's an Action RPG based on the anime of the same name. It took me about 25 - 30 hours to finish it. The story (which actually spands about 20 years) is about Gally, the main character, who is one day discovered in a heap of rubble. The guy who finds her is a specialist in making cyborgs, which is what Gally is. I believe the point of this game is for Gally to find out who she really is, and where she came from...and let me tell you, this game goes off the deep end. That is to say, I believe the game has one heck of a story. I say this because the game goes on way after the original movie ends. And I mean way after!!! For example, if you were to take the movie (which was maybe 1hr 10min long), and consider that to be a part of the overall story (as included in the game), then the movie makes up only about 1/10th of the overall story!!! When playing this game, just when you think it's over then WHAM!!!...a different twist pops up and off you go trying to solve yet another mystery. You not only play as Gally, but as a few other players as well. They all figure into the overall scheme of things. This game packs lots of variety. As you progress in the game, Gally must fight her way through roller derby contests (win or die), a death match contest, and instances where she must prove herself. Many of the bosses in this game are tough as nails, and only certain attacks will kill them. Also, Gally goes through several changes throughout the game. She starts off very weak, but as you progress, she receives several modifications to her body that make her all the more deadly. The battle system in the game is 3D, and is not turn based. You get to move freely in your environment except with some restraints. You get a decent array of weapons to buy, items to equip, and modifications to your body that you can purchase. Gally fights like Taki of SoulEdge. The moves are almost identical. You buy items in this game by killing cyborgs. There are bounties for killing certain cyborgs, and you get money for taking them out. In all, the game is fun to play. III. HOW TO PLAY: Glossary for D-pad: U = up T = triangle (use special lightning attack) D = down S = square (attack: punch) R = right C = circle (action button/select, block attack) L = left X = X (cancels selections; kick) **Press twice (double tap) in one direction faces Gally in that direction** **This game does not support the analog controller** R1: run (R1 (hold down), D-pad + attack button: more powerful attack...you're charging in to attack. Also try R1 + T) R2: jump (D-pad + R2 makes you roll forward, side flip, or back flip in Battle mode. **It may be more of a D- pad, R2) L1: use item, use special technique (only in combat; hold down for a lock-on) L2: no function Select: puts you in Battle mode, or non Battle mode Start: options screen START SCREEN (beginning): --The top block is to load a game --The bottom block is to start a new game OPTIONS SCREEN (START): --I figure this yellow bar to be the difficulty, one line to be an autosave, I can't figure out the rest. But I read in another FAQ that it might be for stereo vs mono. LOAD GAME SCREEN: --new game --slot 1 --slot 2 --return to main menu REGULAR SCREEN: --Green bar: life --Blue bar: special lightning attack --Box: item in right hand to be used during combat START SCREEN WHILE PLAYING: --I will make sense of this by describing what each section of the screen deals with: TOP SCREEN: --From top to bottom, left side of screen, I will label the blocks A through F. :A--select items for left hand (weapon hand) :B--select items (to use in combat) :C--items screen --reading across the top A - C: A = equip item B = drop item C = exit :D--options screen :E--load game :F--back to game MIDDLE SCREEN: --armor --weapon in left hand --item in right hand --attack strength --defense strength BOTTOM SCREEN: --hit points remaining/total --lightning points remaining/total --stats attack points/defense points SELECTING ITEMS: --This is easy. Use the circle button to select an item. The yellow triangle shows you that the item is equipped. When a section is highlighted in blue, this is showing what part of Gally is affected if you use that item. Be careful though--sometimes before you fight a boss, the game unequips you of everything. So you'll have to re-equip everything. You'll notice this when it takes forever to beat a simple enemy. F33 FACTORY: As you move on in the game you will come to F33, the factory. The factory has six doors there: --D1: Save game --D2: Hunting result (collect bounty--money) --D3: Rating system (number of kills) --D4: Shop for items that improve things from body armor to things that will keep you alive during battle(from A - C across top: A = buy; B = sell; C = leave) --D5: Shop for weapons --D6: Cybern. Pay here to improve your attack, defense, or to replenish your health or energy. IV. PROBLEMS: --This game has some awkward angles. The perspective is in the 3rd person, but you never get to see what she sees, like in Tomb Raider. It's more like you sit still while Gally moves back and forth, towards you and then away from you. --The music sounds if it's coming through only one speaker...like it's in mono or something. The no real base or depth to it. It just sounds weak at times. --I think this game has more text than MGS!!! But that's actually sort of a plus for an RPG. My concern is that during most of the dialog there is no background music or sound. So you sit there in silence as you button mash your way through the text. --The graphics are not superb, but for some odd reason, the graphics get really detailed in certain situations, or during up close shots of main characters. I get the impression that Bandai rushed this game. V. HELPFUL HINTS: --Use a round house kick in tight situations. For example, when surrounded. --Charging in for a hit is more powerful than a regular hit or kick. --Try not to fight more than one enemy at a time. --Try to max out on all HP, attack points, and defense points before you battle the main boss of the level. --You will need different techniques to defeat many of the bosses. Sometimes the kick/punch combination works, but in others you will need the lightning attack or some other special attack to defeat the boss. --Lightning attacks don't always work, but do a tremendous amount of damage. Hold down the triangle button when Gally is close to an enemy, and release it. If close enough, and you are fighting against the right type of enemy, Gally will charge the enemy and probably kill him. --Don't fight up close if you can use a "missile" (projectile) item--kill from a distance. --The best attack is achieved with what I'll call the "perfect block". When you achieve this, you'll stun the attacker. When you do this, attack (punch). You'll get one heck of a combo attack out of it. --Learn how to move in and out of battle mode when in a fight. --You can save in Gally's room. Go to her desk. You can also sleep in her bed to replenish her health for free. --TUNED ammo cannot be blocked. --Triangle + Circle makes for a powerful attack later in the game. --During the roller derby, there are seven matches. --When you get really powerful, try using an item with nothing in your right hand. --Never rush into a scene. --ITEMS: :Blue sphere--almost an instant kill for most cyborgs. :Molotov cocktail looking thing--kills most, but mainly stuns the enemy. :Steel needles--uses 3 per use. Effective from a distance. Several attacks are needed to kill. :Hornets--a weird item--launches out of Gally's back. :Stars--same as needles, but more powerful. :TUNED pistol--a must have, but requires ammo. :(I'm missing an item here. Can't remember it, it's like the hornet but a direct fire weapon.) :During the roller derby, there are seven matches. :When you get really powerful, try using an item with nothing in your right hand. :Never rush into a scene. :Some items, in door 4, augment your fighting abilities. BOSS STRATEGIES (SPOILERS): This section will deal with the bosses and tips on beating them. I don't remember all of the bosses, and these are in no particular order. --Big Cyborg (first encounter): just kick and punch him. --Big Cyborg (second encounter): jumping over his razor fingers is the key. --Big wolf: kill from a distance. --Guy with the flat hat and sword(as in the end of the movie): lightning attacks work. --Mainframes: you must first destroy the towers surrounding the center. Watch your meter, too--you have a special attack when it's full. --Big octopus looking thing: jump his attacks. --Cyborg gopher: kill from a distance. --Roller Derby: :Hold down the attack button to charge up your gage. Get too charged up and it takes your health. When the gage is purple, get close to an enemy and release the attack button (or one of those buttons). The second guy is real tough, but the rest are easy. For the blue tank, hit all four wheels. Your main difficulty fighting the tank is time. The "0" is the hardest. Try and get the "perfect block" against him. Lightning attacks are somewhat effective. Try sidestepping and timing your attacks to hit him just before he hits you. --Dr. Madblood (my name for him): he's too easy. --Giant Centaur: the cannon moves like a pilot joystick. Lock on and fire. jump before he strikes you. --Free for all match: :Technique is the key when in the rink. Remember that only certain attacks work!! --Blue guy with four arms: only certain attacks work on him. VII. CONCLUSION: --This is a pretty good game. I recommend it, especially if you like Gally. **Need help? reach me at email@example.com** (I won't answer senseless questions due to you laziness).