Well let me just get you ready real quick before you rent thins game. The game its self is great nice cute scenes action packed pretty good story line and trying to make the best of the ps2 platform for the die hard "Major" fan.
Problems? Controls. Simply put are strange at first but a training option at the start of the game quickly fixes that and has you playing on the stock setup in no time. Any old school gamers will easily adjust to the stock controls with no problems.
Now as far as the game play its self. I love the way the levels increase in difficulty and the soldiers you run into are getting inreasingly harder and smarter. But major has it covered with all types of martial arts that have matrix looking like a white belt in karate class. Major lets loose with a barrage of attacks from throwing big knifes to stun grenades and her uncanny martial arts skills. You will notice as you get a better feel of the game that the people who made this game put alot into the "Major" to make her as close to the series version as possible. Optic camoflage, stun equipment which allows her to utilize more devastating martial arts combos, lots of weapons, Wall jumping and just her over all manuverability. With all this at your hands you may get upset when you have to play batou or tachkoma the spider tank. But all is well, because after beating the game you get goodies new characters for multiplayer different color majors and batous. Weapon selection with infinite ammo. As cool as multiplayer may seem, My self i prefered to go back into single player and up the ante by playing the game on hard. I say excellent game. Slightly difficult puzzles may have you stumped and somewhat angry for a few minutes. Just look around at your surrondings see what you can hang on and make full use of majors wall jumping ability, because if you can jump there major can hang on and climb up. Great game you wont be let down
If you are a fan of the Anime then you will definitely enjoy this game. It captures the look and feel of the anime 100% and is totally enjoyable due to the visual style and story of the game. Only a few minor complains like the enemy AI isn't the best but does it best and the hand to hand combo's of the two main characters are very simple and a little variety would of done them good. Besides those two minor issues play this great game in the Stand Alone Complex universe, enjoy!