THE RING, By ADK. Version 1.0 First of all this walkthrough is unfortunately incomplete. I'm block early in the game but i call all the dreamcast players class to help me. If you find what i must do at the end of this walkthrough E mail me at advanced_knight@yahoo.fr and be sure i give you the credit. The Ring is a difficult Resident like with a very strange atmosphear based on a serie of videos in Japan. All the character in the game are based on those of the videos and probably the story. An american translation will come and i hope they'll translate the next part, RING 2 which is announced in Japan since the release of the first part. Those who usually read me knows that i can complete powerful japanese game like seventh mansion or Cosmic fantasy Stories but this time i need a little help. Here is the summary : 1 A complete review of the Ring 2 A cast of Character 3 A word about items and weapons 4 A short description of the monsters 5 The walkthrough part 1 Also in the game you'll zap a lot of dialogue if you play the japanese version. I usually asks my readers to know the katakana and read those words in the dialogue but for the moment i'm block it's not the problem. 1 REVIEW : Kadokawa and Asmik Ace sign their first Resident like or if we can call that game a resident like. There are a lot of subtilities in the game. The Ring separate clearly adventure and action. In the "reality" you are MEG. It seems that she was the girlfriend of Robert ( we will be fix with the translation ). Robert has created the next generation in video games : THE RING. For Robert it's more than a video games (and to say the truth he was not so wrong). As you will see by playing the game, it's a parallel of their world (a friend told me of a devil dimension like in Silent Hill). But something happens, a virus change the data, game becomes a reality when you play it and reality is a game. That's the entire originality of the Ring. The game begins after a long FMV, thanks to Kadokawa (Lunar...), of good quality but it's the only one i have seen. Maybe there is another one at the end of the game. Gulp... . The cut scene have nothing special. Fortunately you can zap them. The graphics are the hard point of the game. In the reality they are correct for 2F, very cool for 1F and quite ugly for B1. In the Ring you have a problem of light. You have a lamp and some batteries and you visit a dark world. You'll fix the light later in the game but the graphic reach the quality of B1.At least the game is too dull blue green for the player. The cold atmosphear in the CDC SOCIETY is adapted to the story. The animation is average. Good because all movements are real, bad because Meg is too slow when she walks and too speed when she runs. It creates some bugs when you want to investigate a drawer or a cupboard or a locker. In addition of that some monsters are quicker than you. You can change the camera in the Options menu but not in the game. Type B is auwful, Type A is the same as in Veronica, Type C is a hybrid of A and B and type D is a first person view, cool for investigation but auwful for battles. I give credits to the music. I don't like the one of 2F but notice that there is one music for one floor. Quite original. The digit are good but not extraordinary. The maniability is hard. You play with the cross and not the analogic control (when the conceptors will understand that Play and Sat are dead). I think that Meg is too slow when she shots however she has an excellent precision. As you can see the game is full of drawbacks (have i talk of bugs with ladder) but some points are good. The more you kill the monster the strongest they become. The imaginary acts like a real video game. If the adventure is difficult in the reality, it's ultra hard in the ring because you are alone and without directive. I wait 2 hours of normal play, without searching my way to go to 1F. I hope for the game that the monster will come in reality or more people transform like Robert. Even if the story is interesting the Ring is not a top. If you know the original video maybe it could be interesting. As a player i must admit that the game is dull blue green for interesting a classical player, but also as a player i want to know the secret of the Ring. PRESENTATION : 13/20 GRAPHICS : 14/20 ANIMATION : 16/20 SOUND : 16/20 MANIABILITY : 13/20 INTEREST : 13/20 FINAL NOTE : 84% 2 CAST OF CHARACTER : MEG : Heroine of the game, she worked with Robert. She must discover why "the Ring" has killed Robert. She is slow when she shots but resists so good. JACK : Friend of Meg and Robert. We learn few things about him and i suppose he knows more about Robert's death than he wants too say. (at least like all the best friend in detective story) JOHN : Big boss of the CDC SOCIETY. Each time you talk of the Ring, he is nervous. Hey Johny, got a problem ? CHRIS : She is not a friend of Meg but she helps her sometimes. As the secretary chief she is extremely straight in her work. ROBERT : He died at the beginning (or he is supposed to be dead) because he plays too much with the Ring. Don't worry they don't want to talk of epilepsie in the game. KESSY : She is the most sympathic character of the game. She helps Meg to go to 1F without asking the permission of Luckino. LUCKINO : the most antipathic security guard i know. Each time you want to make something unusual like going in toilets for men with Meg or Investigate a new room, he forbids the access. PETER : The scientist that work in the office near Robert's one. Not very communicative, he had a problem with Robert. I think, he is jalous. TIMOTHEI : The doctor of the CDC. He is too old to investigate himself, so he helps Meg as best as he can. He doesn't understand which virus kill Robert and he counts on you to help him for this point. 3 WEAPONS AND ITEMS : Handgun : a good weapon and a tons of bullets Shotgun : a powerful weapon at close range. On the contrary of other shotgun, you cannot make combo. Normal items : Healing Serum : normal that heal one status extra that heal all status medium that heal 2 or 3 status Battery : for your lamp, or you'll travel in the dark. Special Items are used automatically. About the battle system : When a monster is too close of you, you cannot use your weapon. Avoid the foe first then shoot. It's better to reload by using the sub menu because in battle the monster hit you with violence when you reload. 4 MONSTERS : HUMAN LARVE : exist in red(stupid), blue(stick) and green(powerful and stick). GORILLA : very powerful with a good jump but a little slow. LIZARD : they are difficult to shoot. 5 WALKTHROUGH : The game begins with a FMV in english where Robert dies killed by a virus. Meg was talking to him by using phone. Then she arrives and cry. Jack takes her to the CDC. Meg is now in Robert's office. Try to exit but the phone rings. Answer the phone. Jack learns that Robert was working on "the Ring". before his death. Use the PC and go to the Ring. You awake as a virtua cop and meet another virtua cop. You will play a mini tutorial : L : lighten up your lamp, A is the action button, R+A= shot etc... Then climb the stair. You find a serum and bullets. You meet with a monster. Shoot him. Go downstairs. You fall and awake. MEG : "wow the game is very realistic..." Exit of the room. You can save the game by using the camera and use the box to deposit items. Exit of the office and meet Chris. CHRIS : " Hi Meg. The big boss wants to see you." MEG : " Ok let's go." You talk with John. When Meg asks about the ring, he becomes furious. Now Meg is in the LOBBY. You see 2 doors near the one of the boss and 1 door near the exit. Don't go to 1F. You need a LV2 CARD. Enter the door near the exit. Talk to Timothei. TIM : "Robert's death is due to a virus" MEG : "a ... virus ? strange." Take the serum in the locker then Exit. Now visit all the rooms you can. You must find a room with two lockers. One of them have a file inside. This will mark a red point on your map. Arrive in a new corridor then investigate the LOCKER ROOM. When you have see it, exit. This will activate a cut scene.When you come to the toilets enter those for men to meet Luckino. Then visit those for Women to laugh. Now exit and head to your office. Here save. Exit. The next room is Peter's office. Talk with him and exit. Go all the way back to the boss and asks more about the Ring. Exit. Return to the locker room to meet Chris and Kessy. Search the first locker on the left. Chris comes to talk. Then Exit. Now go back to Timothei's room and talk with him. TIM : "If you want to know more, investigate Robert's locker." MEG : "I search all the lockers but they are only for women. I can't visit the room for men." TIM : "Luckino must be there now. Go and I will follow, don't worry." Go to the room near the LOCKER ROOM and enter it. You meet Luckino and Tim explains that you want to look inside Robert's locker. Luckino is OK but it's the only one you can open. You found a key and a file in Robert's locker. The key opens the library in the lobby. Visit it and take the third file. Luckino comes and orders you to exit. MEG : "Is that guy a human ?" Now that you have 3 files you can go further deep in the Ring. Go to your office and save. Then use the PC. to raise again in the Ring.This time use a ladder to go to B1. In the first corridor there are an extra serum and a battery. Pass the door. In the new corridor enter the first room and save. Collect a battery and open a locker for a surprise. Exit to the toilets for women and find some bullets in one of the WC. Enter a new corridor and talk to the Virtua cop. Enter the first room. It's an infirmery and talk to the other cop. Search the curtain to investigate each bed. Exit. Visit the Microscope room. Search the drawer to find a file. Open the locker and kill the monster inside. Collect the map on the wall. From this moment on you will encounter powerful and new monsters. Visit the other room you can to collect serum and battery. Go back to your save room and use the PC to raise in the reality. MEG : "Ouh my head... that game really hurt... I must talk of it with John." Go talking to John. Exit and you fall. You awake in Timothei's room. Exit and go to your office. There's no light. Enter the little room with the PC, you will see a guy destroying the connection with the Ring. He hits you and escapes.He loses a card lv2. Exit and talk to Peter. PETER : "I never do such a thing. i don't understand." MEG : "Are you sure ?" You exit. On the way to the locker room you meet Kessy. She has lost her LV2 CARD and need yours to go to 1F.(but Kessy didn't know that you have just acquired it.) Go to the Lobby. On your way you can open a new room : COMUPTER ROOM. Then go to the Lobby. Meet Kessy and go to 1F with her. now you open the door. Visit 1F. The first office is Chris's one. She says that Kessy is waiting for you at the restaurant. You cannot use Chris computer to go to the ring for the moment. In the second office save. Exit. Go to the Restaurant. Kessy will help you disturbing Chris. Exit and visit all the rooms you can. Last visit SECURITY ROOM to meet Luckino. LUCKINO : "You know that you are heavy ?" MEG : "What ?" LUCKINO : "I bring you to Timothei's room. MEG : "I suppose i must thank you ?" LUCKINO : "Have i say that. You must exit now." MEG : "That guy has nothing human, but he could be useful." On your way to Chris's office you meet Chris. She informs you that she has seen Jack in the Lobby. Enter Chris's office and go to "the Ring". Go to the corridor of Microscope room. The first door is locked and you need a powerful weapon. You must go to the OPEROOM at the end of this corridor and enter. Push the stool toward the cupboard. Collect the Shotgun. Use it to open the door. Enter. Collect card key LV2. Go to the EXIT DOOR. Use the card and then the stairs. Go to the roof to collect a serum. Kill the monster near 1F door and enter 1F.Collect Hand gun bullets in the corridor, shot gun bullets in the toilets, in the control room and in another room. Collect also a battery in the first room of the corridor and the map of 1F on the wall. Save your game in the OFFICE 2 like in reality. Enter OFFICE 1. VIRTUA COP : "You surprised me. Are you nuts ?" MEG : "Oh i'm so sorry." VIRTUA COP : "I have a headache, It's not the moment. I cannot protect us from the gas because i will disconnect soon. MEG : "Gas ?" VIRTUA COP : "Yes, if in 15 minutes you don't put the code 1951 in the electric panel of the control room, we are all dead. Oh no i lose the contact, hurry...up." Now you have 15 minutes to find a key, to put it in the panel and enter the code. First re enter the room to collect a battery. Then immediately go to B1 and enter the room BREEDING. Kill the gorilla and collect the key. Go to the control room of 1F and enter 1951. You will see "RING", a little virtual girl.Now you can switch on the light in all rooms and corridors you have visited except the stairs. Go back to the capsule and raise in the reality. Go to the restaurant and talk with Chris and Kessy. KESSY : "Where were you ?" MEG : "On the ring..." CHRIS : "Ok, stop taking us for stupid girl. What about Robert's death ?" MEG : "I do what i can, but that game is really dangerous..." RING : "HI HI HI, you fool..." Meg turns her head and look at the girl who disapeared. CHRIS : "Meg, are you alright ?" MEG : "Yes, I think. RING : "HI HI HI" Meg turns again and didn't see anyone. MEG : "I want to access to more room, if you want to know the truth, OK ? CHRIS : "Let me fix it with your LV2 CARD KEY. It's Ok now. You can now visit most of the rooms that were locked. Go to B1. Visit the save room and collect the map of B1 on the wall. Then visit the toilets for women and talk to the woman inside. Then visit the infirmery and talk to the doctor. He said that all the people here suffer of the same virus. He doesn't understand what happened to them. In other room talk and you will learn a lot of interesting things, in japanese for the moment. Don't forget to open the curtain and talk to a woman who talk so much of Robert. Then go in Microscope room, open the locker and hide inside. John and Peter know everything and Peter cannot solve the problem for the moment. After that collect the serume and add it to the item box. During the exploration you will find a lot of serum. Put them all in the item box. You will find 90 bullets, put it also in the item box. Look at all the drawer. Go to 2F and enter John's office. Open his drawer and collect a key. I know that key open a locker. In fact you can now open new lockers and collect serum and bullets. Visit all the rooms and put all the items in the item box. That's where i'm block because i can't find a new card or a new way to progress. I have seen an item in the PARK in 1F but i cannot reach it. There is also a ladder but Meg didn't want to use it. Notice that the music has changed in 2F. Maybe you can open a new locker in locker room for men. So far i don't know, but i'll search. ADK.