From: beng wah [email protected]> ACONCAGUA INTRO: Welcome, Aconcagua is Sony's latest venture into the action/adventure genre with a little twist; you control all 5 characters and switch from one to another whenever necessary to overcome puzzles. Another major difference is that the game is played by clicking on a cursor, a great departure (and slight disappointment) from the 'Resident Evil' type of gameplay. Still, this is not a bad game. Sadly, the sales figures were very low. Aconcagua is the name of a real mountain in South America, although the country 'Meruza' is fictional. STORY: Pachamama is the leader of a democratic movement and is returning to her country Meruza for an election. Naturally the tyrannical dictator will want to prevent her at all costs. A bomb is planted on the plane that she is travelling. On board the plane are several other people such as journalists who want to interview her. Halfway, the plane explodes and crashes into Aconcagua. There are some survivors and you need to guide them down the mountain and escape the Meruzian soldiers who are out to complete their task of killing Pachamama and all other survivors. URGENT PLEA to all past, present FAQ and aspiring future FAQ writers: I would like to take this opportunity to talk about the state of game walkthroughs on websites now. Ok, how many times have you surfed 'Gamefaq''s website or any other gaming websites, in the hope of finding a walkthrough on a game that you are stuck, only to see tons of walkthrough on the SAME particular games every time? I surf 'Gamefaq''s website everyday, hoping to see walkthroughs of some less prominent games. Tell me whether you know any of (or have been looking for) these games that I have listed below, e.g. Riot Star, Farland Story, Dr. Slump, Blue: Legend of Water, Maria, Noir Yeux Noire, The Mystic Dragoons, Meremanoid, Deep Freeze, Cybernetic Empire, Backguiner, Exalegiuse, Moonlight Syndrome, Elder Gate and Deep Sea Adventure, to name a few. No, don't get me wrong, I am not telling you to import these games. What I am frustrated with, is seeing tons of walkthroughs written on the same games, e.g. Final Fantasy 8, Resident Evil 1, 2, 3, Vagrant Story, Legend of Mana, Suikoden 2 etc. (No particular offence to Square's game lovers. I love Square too). I practically see new or updated walkthroughs of these games almost everyday. Aren't you sick of it? There is absolutely nothing wrong with a few writers writing the same games. Different people have different writing styles. Sometimes, we can compare to understand the game better, some writers are more clearer. In short, I am not condemning writers who write walkthrough or faq about games that have already been written because there is always some room for the same thing and some people like to write about what they like best or feel comfortable with. BUT, when there are more than 10 (my own opinion) walkthroughs on the same game, there is something wrong. Do you feel that you have taken a step forward (or even feel proud for that matter) for that particular game that you have written or achieve some kind of breakthrough? No, in fact, I really don't know why people still deliberately choose to write walkthroughs of games which already have many. Worse, their walkthroughs are adorned with fanciful ASCII letters depicting the game's title. It seems that they are very proud of what they have accomplished. Are they AWARE that many walkthroughs of that particular game have already been written? This is a plea for all writers to DIVERSIFY and write about games which do not have walkthroughs. There are people who are and will be interested in them. It is very simple, if you know that you have a game that do not has an existing walkthrough or faq, and if it is within your means, write about it! If everybody do so, I am sure that game walkthroughs websites will be greatly enhanced and be comprehensive. This is what I feel after suppressing my thoughts for a long time. I am not targeting any particular writers and I really hope to see more walkthroughs of obscure games. For those who agree with me, I really appreciate it. I hope you can spread the word. The way I write walkthroughs is this, first I check whether the game that I am playing already has any walkthroughs. If not, I will try to write about it. I was actually writing 'Dracula Resurrection' when I saw one being posted on the web. Guess I was too late and too slow. Hence, I decided to abandon it to write about some other games. I would like to thank all who have spared their time to read this long rambling of mine and I hope that I have made some difference, no matter how small it is. I am not getting anything by saying all these, I just want a more comprehensive game walkthrough website. Sad to say, I got a feeling that despite all my efforts here, there will be tons of walkthroughs on FF9, to quote an example. By the way, I have also written incomplete walkthroughs for 'Blue: Legend of Water', 'Riot Stars', 'Dark Messiah (Jap)/ Hellnight (NA)' and 'Dracula Resurrection' to name a few. If I have the time, I would gladly post them on the web. Enough said, on with the game. Those who want to criticise, send their comments/agreement with what I said, or ask questions about 'Aconcagua', can reach me at '[email protected]'. I will try to answer you as soon as possible, but am quite busy with my thesis, which is going to last a year... Note: Once again this is my own work, so please do not rip it off and claim it as your own or sell it for profit. It is meant to be free to all those who surf games' websites. CONTROLS: L1 and R1= Switch characters Triangle= Items select screen Circle= Use item/ talk CAST: 1) Pachamama 2) Katon (Japanese journalist) 3) Steve 4) Julia (American journalist) 5) Lopez NOTE: Sometimes, it is not necessary to follow me and use that particular character that I have used. I simple chose which character I deem best fit to investigate around. So, play around with your character and you might even get a different response from mine. You can talk to different characters by moving the cursor onto them and pressing 'O' when the smiley icon appears. Naturally, using different people to talk to the same person will get you different responses. You can also press 'Start' to skip cutscenes. DISC 1 - After the plane crash, investigate the dead body. Investigate the bag to get a pair of 'Gloves'. Climb up the mountain. You can see some white tracks in the middle of the screen. To climb, press 'Triangle' while the exclamation mark appears on the tracks and press 'O' to use the gloves. Hence, items will be used in this manner (sometimes, if you are facing the correct position, you can simple use the desired item without making the exclamation mark appear). - Talk to your friend who was sitting next to you onboard the plane. Talk to Pachamama's friend, but Katon will not understand him. - Go left to talk to Pachamama. She will revive and you can control her now. Switch to her to talk to her companion to get 'Chest Key'. Run all the way to the right side to see a chest ling on the floor. Use the 'Key' to get 'Fire extinguisher'. - Use 'Fire extinguisher' on the raging fire inbetween the mountain pass and you will be able to proceed. Save point. - Talk to Steve the engineer (he is sitting on the snow). - Talk to the girl (Julia) who is trapped in her seat. - Use Katon to make a path through the deep snow. - Change to Steve and cross the deep snow. Use Steve to examine the suitcase to retrieve the 'tool set'. Use the 'tool set' on Julia. Cutscene. - Julia will have a 'knife' and 'lighter'. - As Julia, cross the deep snow and cut the rope to get it. Give the rope to Katon by talking to him. Note: An item that is transferred from one character to another means that the person is the correct one to use it. Go to a rock and use the 'rope' by tying it around it. Use Katon to climb down. Save point. - After climbing down, explore the snow to pick up a 'sack'. Go to investigate the front of the plane. It is leaking oil. Use the 'sack' to get 'oil'. - As Julia, go to the torn out seat and use the knife to cut out some 'cloth'. - Go back to the bleeding man and use the 'cloth' to stop his bleeding. - Julia will help him to a seat. Now you need to enter the door of the plane, but it is frozen. - Splash 'oil' on the frozen door. Use Julia's 'lighter'. Enter the plane. - Talk to the pilot. Check the dashboard. Save point. - Go to the side of the plane to check for battery, but it is not there. Cutscene. You need to find the battery. - The helicopter will shoot you. Note: at any point in time when any of your members are shot, their life bar will decrease by a portion. Try to time your dashes carefully either before or after the helicopter passes. If there is not enough time to reach the other side, quickly find the nearest cover or run back. You can only afford to get shot for a few times (I think 4 if I remember correctly), but hey, why get shot unnecessarily? Also, if any one member dies, it will be 'game over'. If your life is bad or you want to maintain a perfect life bar, you might want to consider resetting it and trying again. It is possible to complete this part without getting shot. There is also a life recover shortly after you have cleared this part which you can use to replenish your health. - Use Katon and run all the way to the right to the second hill that is climbable. Use 'gloves' and climb up to get 'S. battery'. Run back to Steve and give him the battery. - As Steve, run back to the torn plane and put the 'S. battery' on the side of the plane. Run into the cockpit and transmit (by investigating the dashboard). However, Steve does not understand the language. Change to Pachamama. Save point and cutscene. - The Meruzian soldiers are out to kill everybody. Wait for the helicopter to pass you before running across the exposed snow. As Katon, run across the first hill and pick up the 'stock' (which dropped from the helicopter as shown in the cutscene) which is at the foot of the hill. - Climb up the hill and investigate the yellow box, but he cannot reach it with his hand. Use the stock to hook it to get 'L. Raft'. - Still on the top of the cliff, run to the edge on the left. Do not do anything first. - This part is crucial, so follow my steps carefully. Change to Julia and run all the way right and down to the bottom of this part of the mountain where there is a wrecked part of the aeroplane. You will run pass a dead Meruzian soldier on the snow. Go forward to examine the plane until you get a close-up view. There is a rope and a handle dangling down from the helicopter. The helicopter will pass you every now and then. Hook the handle to the parts jutting out from the wrecked plane. Wait for the correct moment. This is when the handle passes Julia and is close to touching the jutted part. Press 'O' button (repeatedly if necessary) and if successful, a cutscene will show Julia hooking it. If not, simply wait for the helicopter to come again and try it again. The helicopter will be caught by the dead weight and hover there. - Change to Katon (who should still be standing at the top of the cliff at the left edge) now and use the raft. He will throw it down and the helicopter will explode eventually. Cutscene and save point. Note: if you had skipped Julia's part and thrown the raft down the cliff, it will miss the helicopter and Katon will be shot and his life will be depleted. - At the beginning, there is a forked path. Use Katon to go to the right path. There is another split. Go to the left path where there is a broken wreckage. Examine it and he will look up to see another part of a plane on top of a cliff. - Go to the end of the precipice (next to this wreckage) where he will see another survivor, Lopez (the strong man). Note: you need to go right to the edge of the precipice to trigger off meeting Lopez. Explore around if you cannot find this precipice. - Change to Lopez and run up the hill where the wing of the plane is stuck upright in the snow. Examine it. Save point. - Lopez will push it and they can cross the mountain trail now. - Use Steve and run to the left side and examine the emergency kit. Use his 'tool' to get 'oxygen can'. There is an enemy soldier standing guard on the right side. - Use Julia to approach the soldier. Place the cursor on the soldier and use her 'knife' on him. Cutscene of Julia stabbing him. - There is another soldier further at the end. This time, Julia is too far to sneak up on him. Change to Katon and talk to Steve to get his 'oxygen can'. - Use Katon to climb up the mountain and run to the end. He will be directly above the soldier. Use the 'oxygen can' and drop it on the burning plane to cause an explosion. Cutscene. Climb down and run to where the guard was. Examine the tent to get a 'rope'. - There is a third soldier. Climb up... Author's Note: Sorry, but that's so much that I can type because I am busy. I am currently at Disc 2 and was finishing the game when my semester started. I hope that all you readers out there will be patient and bear with me until I have the time to type. The rest of the game is relatively straightforward until you reach the carriage part in which you need to get Steve to talk to Lopez in order for the latter to break a dangling stick to act as a lever switch. You will know what I mean if/when you are there. Till my next update, take care!