THE RING, By ADK. Version 1.4 This walkthrough is now complete. 1.1 : is not a viable version but just a call for help, thanks to everyone who help me or read me. 1.2 : Major updates were realised since i finish the game. First new weapons appears, one new character also appears and minor update in the part 1 of the walkthrough. Last, part 2 is now available. 1.3 : I add my point of view about the name translation and also how to find the katana. I also increased by three points the final note in my review because i have now a better opinion about this game. 1.4 : you'll discover the location of a new item in part 2, the story of the video, and personnal notes. Also, new faqs appears since some people misunderstand me. I read the walkthrough again and explain what is the "capsule room". I have forgotten to say how to rise in reality last time because i thought that when you was in the game it was evident, but it seems not ...I read again and some Sanecko instead of Shiziko was corrected. Sorry for the confusion it caused, but i thought that i had corrected all the name in the last version of this walkthrough. A description of boss also appears. Here is the summary : 0 My point of view about translation 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 and of the boss 5 The walkthrough part 1 6 The walthorugh part 2 7 the story from the movie 8 FAQS and credits 9 personnal notes 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. 0 : My point of view about the translation : READ THIS FIRST : It's the first time i make a walkthrough for a game that obtain a translation and maybe it's the last one if people continue to send me e mail about name correction. I played with the JAPANESE version of The Ring. The names could be different because english is not my first language. I use official translation rules in my country (France) and they are quite different. I begin with Timothei which is the equivalent of Timothy in english. For Luckino, i refuse to write it LU KI NO because it's like to said to everyone : "I'm a champion i read 3 katakanas". For example in Tech Romancer in the english version, the robot RAFAGA is in fact named LAFARGUE in japanese. If you don't believe me, play with Magic knight Ray Earth on Saturn : A character is called Lafargue (it use the same kana) and Working Designs translate it by Rafargue, which is better than RAFAGA. In addition of that, We write Luc in french and not Luke so sorry for the convenience. Last i finish with Kessy. English translator called it Kathy. With english pronounciation it's ok, but for a french it's completely different. That's why i chose Kessy. I hope you will understand my point of view. 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 : 87% 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. SHIZIKO : is the virtual girl i called ring in the previous version of this walkthrough. She is very important. 3 WEAPONS AND ITEMS : The knife : Useless like in all resident like. 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. Grenade launcher : not very powerful and long to reload. Assault rifle : the best weapon of the game. Powerful and full of bullets. Rocket launcher : extremely powerful and even dangerous for the user. you'll build it. Napalm gun : is the most powerful weapon but you'll use it only for the last boss. The katana : When you return last from the Ring go to 1F. Then head towards the Exit. Meg will hear a scream and run. Kessy is attacked by a gorilla. Kill the gorilla. Then search the southwest corner of the room and you'll find the katana. It's a good weapon in close range But it's hard to use. Also you can find it only when you have the access to this room (you could think it's stupid to say that but in fact it's very late in the game.) 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 AND BOSS : 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.Exist also in red and white. BOSS : BLUE LARVE : in the microscope room in imaginary awaits the first boss. Similar to the other blue larve, he is hard to kill. GORILLA : he waits for you in the room Breeding, when you kill him you collect a key. SUPER LARVE : near the isolation room, you need a grenade launcher to kill him quick. JOHN : After a good transformation, John is a disapointing and easy boss. SADAKO : it's the last boss. CROW : also difficult to shoot. 5 WALKTHROUGH part 1 : 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 are in the capsule room. 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 the Laboratory 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. Go to your office and talk with Jack by using the phone. 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 John's office and ask again about the ring. Then go 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 : CONTROL ROOM to find a map of 2F on a wall. 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 transmission room of 1F and enter 1951. You will see "SHIZIKO", 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..." SHIZIKO : "HI HI HI, RING !..." Meg turns her head and look at the girl who disapeared. CHRIS : "Meg, are you alright ?" MEG : "Yes, I think. SHIZIKO : "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 serum 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. 6 Walkthrough part 2 : Now return to John's office and enter Reference room (the one i called Library). Search a drawer between two chairs and collect a 8mm film. I cannot find it due to the bug of programmation. I wasn't able to touch the drawer because i searched while i was running. BREF, return to your office and pick up the phone to talk with Jack. Go to Chris's office and talk with her. You get the Audio visual key on the ground. Go to the audiovisual and use the camera to watch the film. Shiziko will transport you in the ring. Go to B1 and pass the door at the end of the corridor of Microscope room to reach a new area. Pass the next corridor. You meet a Virtua cop that looks familiar. VIRTUA COP : "Ah that monster escape." MEG : "Let's go !" VIRTUA COP : "No you must equip yourself first. There are a grenade launcher and an assault riffle somewhere in 1F and 2F. Find them and come back. Find also some grenades. I have install it." MEG : "INSTALL ? Oh... ok see you later." Go to 1F and enter the kitchen. You find an assault rifle. Open the refrigerator of the left to find some grenades. In the right refrigerator you find a key. Exit and enter the room in front of you to find a rifle ammo. Then go back to the Capsule room and climb the stairs. You find a grenade launcher in this room. Now go back to the cop. Enter the room and kill the monster by using your grenade launcher. (All the bullets). Then the cop says that he is going to 1F now. You can visit two isolation room to find a lot of bullets and serum. You also find some batteries. Now save and climb to 1F. You discover that the cop is Jack. He has learn how to play in network with the ring by studying Robert's data. Then a larve attacks Meg and she falls. Meg awakes in the operoom and talk with John and Peter. They ask Meg to find a vaccin because no one has survived so long in the ring. Return to your office. Try to enter the little room but Luckino arrive. Talk and when he lives connect the PC and rise on the ring. You find 3 rockets. Climb the stairs and collect Napalm bullets. Go to B1 and then use the stairs to reach 1F. You see Shiziko. Follow her and enter the same office. A cop talk with you of the rocket launcher. You must now build it. Exit to B1. You see Shiziko again. Follow her to the new area. Enter room level 4. Then use the door to arrive in a room with a big machine. FMV. Then Shiziko appears and lives. Follow her to Chanel room. She informs you of the current danger. The virus is launch in reality and everyone will turn in monsters. Now collect the Rocket launcher. The first part is in one of the toilets of isolation room, second is in the toilets for men in B1 and third is in the restaurant in 1F. There's probably a little more to do in the ring but monsters were so powerful and numerous that I prefer to advise you to rise in the reality now. To do that, go to the capsule room (where you play the tutorial) in 1F and use the only open capsule. Yes my wish comes true : Monsters in reality. You can use all the serum and bullets. You find a gun. Equip yourself and save. Keep in mind that if monsters are weak they are too numerous to be all killed. In addition of that you must economise the bullets for the two ultimate boss of the game. When you exit you have 3 minutes to reach B1 by using new doors (the courtyard). Then go to the Isolation room. The chrono stopped and now you have all your time. In one of isolation room is a man who's scared. Then he changes into a gorilla. Kill him, he is weak. Shiziko appears. Follow her in the chanel room. You find her body and after you talk take the key. DON'T FORGET TO VISIT ALL THE ROOMS HERE TO FIND A LOT OF ITEMS. Then you'll have to use an elevator to reach the two rooms you can't enter. Go to John's office and push the cupboard to find a secret elevator. Now kill the larve and arrive in B1. Enter the level 4 room. FMV. Kill John. He is ridiculous but long. you need a tons of bullets. Go to the machine room to see Sadako. She takes off to the room. You exit automatically, but now, re enter the room and search the drawer to find Sadako's silver ring. If someone know how we can use it in the game... Shiziko asks you to kill her to save the world. Go to 2F and save. Now climb to the roof by using stairs and collect all items. Then enter the last arena. SADAKO : To kill her you must first shoot her until she changes into crows. Shoot all the crows. Do this two times. The third times she appears collect the napalm gun and in one shot kill her. FMV. Now enjoy the end of the game and prepare for RING 2. 7 The story from the movie : There are two movies based on the Ring and also in Japan a dramatic serie of episode. Here i'll tell you the story of the two movies i receive by mail after i ask it. It's also to answer to many people who ask me more about the Ring, because if i except the game, i don't know anything else. Movie 1 : A strange video is being circulated around among teenage students in Japan. They dare each other to watch it and spread rumours that whoever watch it will die in 7 days. Usually, tha victims will receive a strange midnight call without anybody at the other end. That's why for those who plays with the japanese version, you can see in the manual a video named : RING 0. The victims are found dead with a horrible look on their face as if they had seen something horrible. You'll understand that it's because they have seen SADAKO and were frightened by the death during the seventh day. If you remember during the game you saw an extract from a movie and even a second if i'm right.It comes from the first movie video. In the movie the heroine is a female reporter who has heared of the story. She managed to get a copy of the tape since more and more youngster are copying this video to their friends. The way to lift the curse is to show the same video to another one, then he or she only die if he doesn't show the same video to another one. With the system of copy, everyone could be in danger... This reporter give the video to her ex husband, a teacher, to ask him his opinion. She was saved but didn't know it. Unfortunately her son also watch the movie. there is a blank here. Then the two heroes of this first part, were desperates to save themselves as they didn't know how to lift the curse. They discovered the place where Sadako was thrown by her scientist husband who didn't want her anymore : a well. Sadako had supernatural power and survive in the well 30 years. During this time she developped hatred for humanity who mocked her (like in the video of the game). They both uncovered Sadako's bones and thought that they had lifted the curse. Of course it was not. The husband of the reporter died on the seventh day. The scene was horrible, if i beleive Beng Wah. Then the reporter learn about her son and think to an ingenious plan. They watch the film one after the other to increase their lives of 1 week. And the first movie end here. Movie 2 : In the second movie, the reporter lets her father wact the video. The father died also in horrible conditions and we learn that it was a sacrifice because he was old. A big blank here which must be how the reporter was contacting doctors and scientist to help her to stop the curse. They use an equipment with a swimming pool and unfortunately they were all electrocuted. Sadako's soul was "released". That's all for the second movie but i think i can tell a little more if someone e mail me. 8 FAQS and credits : I have a tons of serum and bullets in reality, can i transfer it to the ring ? No. You must store them for the end of the game. Even if it's possible to transfer item never do such a thing. The game is too hard. I run out of ammo ! Keep in mind you cannot kill all the monsters for some reasons. Monsters are a virus. So they are infinite. The more you kill the monsters the strongest they are. Simply avoid battle and kill only those who must be killed. I don't understand what you say. No problem, e mail me at [email protected] and i will answer you. Why must i build the rocket launcher ? To see a powerful weapon and kill those gorilla in one shot. Where are those capsules you talk ? The capsule room is the room where you play the tutorial the first time you rise on the imaginary. Sorry if it's not clear for you but it's the name in the japanese version. The names are different ! I add "Read this first" near "my point of view". Stop sending mail to say it's Kathy and not Kessy, the pronounciation is good for English user but not for everyone. Think that in the world there are more ways to translate japanese and especially to pronounce it. If the Ring was translated by me in french, the name will be Kessy so everyone in my country can pronounce it correctly. What are you saying, the monsters in reality are not weak ! Yes they are, but it's because i killed many monsters in imaginary. They were very powerful at that moment. I decide to return to the real world cause of this. Anyway the first gorilla you meet can be killed in three bullets of a gun, and other larve are the classical one at the beginning of the game. I must thank Sam Clevenger who e mail me how to proceed at the beginning of Part 2. I want to thank Loner for the location of the katana and "some" names correction (those in kanji in the japanese version). Thanks to Al Amaloo and Dave Allison who post my walkthrough in their site so many people can read me. Thanks to Beng Wah who bring to me new elements and the story from the movie. This walkthrough is copyright 2000 because i suffer so much to build it. I'll never admit someone use it to sell it. Enjoy the game and read me in other walkthrough. 9 : PERSONNAL NOTES : Well, the Ring was completely destroy in the review i read on the net or elsewhere. However it's an international success due to the translation in english, because i receive e mails from everywhere in the world. I'm so happy to build this walkthrough step by step, since i receive new informations some time and i'm sure that this game has its own fan. I can add that i watch an episode of X files last week where Mulder and Scully was disguised in virtua cop. They both enter the game to fight with a super woman which give the death to everyone in the game. Most of you probably missed it but she spoke japanese to Daryl Musashi before she killed him. It probably means that a japanese discover the original character and install it to stop the advance of american in this fictional way. Hehe, if it's not the Ring, for the costume and the fatal game, i'm the King of Fighter. As you can see in the movie, the story is completely different of the game. There's no virus and no CDC society. In fact the programmer create a special story based on the real Ring. In addition i remember of many legends in japanese OAV that talk of a ghost woman in a well. They use it to make fear to little child during their equivalent fest of halloween. The only common point between the two stories is Sadako, because she appears in the same condition (look at the CG MOVIE in the game and compare with what i say in the walkthrough) but the programmer add a form of cloning of her soul which was not in the movie. If you have new infos or dicovered new items and secrets don't hesitate to e mail me at [email protected] PS : about Ring 2 , i suppose there will be a second strike because of the ending. But there's nothing official. ADK. I wait for RING 2.