Cowboy Bebop: Tsuioku no Serenade

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Cowboy Bebop: Tsuioku no Serenade
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Japanese boxart
Developer(s) Banpresto
Publisher(s) Bandai
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Cowboy Bebop: Tsuioku no Serenade (カウボーイビバップ 追憶の夜曲(せれなーで), Kaubōi Bibappu: Tsuioku no Serenāde, lit. "Cowboy Bebop: Serenade of Reminiscence") is a PlayStation 2 action/beat 'em up video game from Bandai, released exclusively in Japan on August 25, 2005. It has an original story based on the anime series Cowboy Bebop.

Story[edit]

The game follows an original story set in the Cowboy Bebop world. Events center around a search for a space pirate's treasure, a mysterious song called Diamonds and a mysterious organization that stands in the way of the Bebop's crew. The Bebop crew, consisting of Spike, Faye, Ed, and Jet get sucked into an alternative dimension. After landing on a nearby planet they are hit by an unknown enemy while on their spaceship. The player must use Spike Spiegel, one of the main characters in the video game and leader of the Bebop crew to attack the enemy that hit Spike’s crew and eventually destroy the enemy’s launch facility. After the attack, Spike’s crew evaluates what and who attacked them earlier and soon get into communication with a woman who seeks help. The group of bounty hunters travel into a city and the player must use characters from the Bebop Crew to destroy multiple enemy ships in their path with the addition of destroying a large tank. They eventually rescue the woman who sought help from the Bebop crew and learn she is part of a resistance group trying the defeat the mysterious organization. Realizing they can’t really escape until this situation is dealt with, the Bebop Crew decides to help the young woman defeat this opposing force. For the next part of the game the player is taken into outer space where they must destroy incoming enemy ships. Once defeating them, the crew tries to make their final escape and head for the hyperspace gate but it is blocked by more enemy ships. Then the player must defeat those ships blocking their path to freedom, once they’re all destroyed, Spike heads to the hyperspace gate to try and make a final run for it. Luckily, he is able to with the help of one of his other crew members named, Edward by using a virus making it possible to pass through the hyperspace gate without any issues. The player is given 90 seconds to escape while enemy forces are chasing behind them as well. Then once the player escapes it goes to a cut scene where the Bebop crew arrive back into their dimension safely and head out to collect the next bounty.  

Gameplay[edit]

Playable characters include Spike, Faye and Jet, each of whom are voiced by their respective voice actors of the anime series, while Ed provides objectives, advice and moral support, and Ein appears alongside Ed. Action occurs on foot with both hand-to-hand and shooting segments, often with small puzzles to solve, as well as items to search for (either essential to the plot or as bonus items to appear in the gallery). Certain sections of the game require piloting spacecraft and at one point a boat. Gameplay is punctuated by long cutscenes that develop the story. There is also a blackjack mini-game featuring Spike and Jet as rotating dealers; this provides a way to earn additional money to unlock bonuses such as songs for the music player and character profiles.

Music[edit]

The soundtrack is composed of music by Yoko Kanno, famous for her music in the series. Three new songs, performed by Italian vocalist Ilaria Graziano, were composed for the game and were released on the Tank! THE! BEST! album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN Staff (June 11, 2005). "Japanese Release Dates Update". IGN. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 

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