Neon Genesis Evangelion 2

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Neon Genesis Evangelions (Shinseiki Evangelion 2 Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン2) is an Evangelion-based RPG video game, released in 2003 for PlayStation 2, and later a PSP version was released in 2006. It allows the player to follow several characters through several different versions of the plot of the series. The game itself is a combination of an RPG, a raising game, and a dating sim rolled into one. Hideaki Anno was heavily interviewed for the Classified Information files, and is also credited for the Events engine in the game.


PS2 Version Scenarios

Shinji feels better after using the toilet (PS2 version)
Scenario Character Title Description
Scenario 01 Shinji Ikari "Angel Attack" Based on the events of the series, Shinji arrives in New Tokyo-3. (Battles happen out of order in this version of the Scenario).
Scenario 02 Asuka Langley Soryu "Asuka arrives in Japan" Living with Shinji and Misato, Asuka adjusts to Japanese life while being an Eva pilot.
Scenario 03 Rei Ayanami "Rei, Beyond her Heart" Rei questions her identity and discovers who she really is.
Scenario 04 Misato Katsuragi "A Woman's Battle" Misato has the feeling something strange is going on at Nerv and begins investigating.
Scenario 05 Shinji Ikari "The Final Messenger" This Scenario takes place during Episode 24 of the television series.
Scenario 06 Shinji Ikari "Another World" An endless Scenario that's unique to the PS2 version, Shinji is not an Eva pilot. He's just a regular junior high school student that lives with transfer student Asuka and their guardian Misato (Misato is the only adult in this scenario). This light-hearted touch is similar to the Girlfriend of Steel 2 universe, but the Scenario itself is still based on the personalities of the TV series characters.
Scenario 07 Toji Suzuhara "Toji again" Toji is an Eva Pilot and fights against the Mass Production Evangelions.
Scenario 08 Ryoji Kaji "VS Seele" Kaji investigates the mysteries of Seele and Nerv. (Kaji needs to obtain ALL the Classified Information files to complete this Scenario.)
Scenario 09 Kaworu Nagisa "Angel Buster" Kaworu becomes an Eva Pilot and discovers his true identity.
Scenario 10 Shinji Ikari "Silver Muriatic Balance" Will give more information once this Scenario is completed.
Scenario 11 Gendo Ikari "Human Instrumentality Project" Gendo attempts to reunite with his dead wife, Yui Ikari by causing Third Impact.

PSP Version Scenarios

Shinji and Asuka chat at home (PSP version)
Toji visiting his little sister in the hospital.
Scenario Character Title Description
SCENARIO 01 Shinji Ikari "Angel, Attack" This is the first Scenario you should play. It covers the whole series & movies story-line, and features plenty of tutorials.
SCENARIO 02 Shinji Ikari "I like this world, though" In this Scenario, Shinji must try to get along with every other character (except Pen Pen), so he can feel more comfortable with his life in New Tokyo-3.
SCENARIO 03 Rei Ayanami "Rei, beyond the heart" In this Scenario, you will control the Pilot of the EVA-00, Rei Ayanami. In order to clear her Scenario, she must have a good relationship with a character other than Gendo.
SCENARIO 04 Asuka Langley Soryu "A kiss in a taboo place" In this Scenario, you will control the Pilot of the EVA-02, Asuka. To clear Asuka's Scenario, you must battle specific Angels (as well as the Mass Production Evas).
SCENARIO 05 Misato Katsuragi "A woman's fight" Misato suspects that something fishy is going on at Nerv. She must discover Gendo's true goals to save the all of humanity from the Human Instrumentality Project.
SCENARIO 06 Gendo Ikari "Human Instrumentality Project" Gendo's dream is to reunite with his wife, Yui. But she is dead, so the only chance for Gendo is to go use Seele's Human Instrumentality Project for his own profit.
SCENARIO 07 Kozo Fuyutsuki "The dream of a brightful day in the end" Although Fuyutsuki is a rather secondary character in the series, he shared with Gendo the acknowledgment about most of Evangelion's deepest secrets. In this Scenario, he will undertake an investigation, trying to understand what happened to his love interest: Yui Ikari. Or is it an obsession?
SCENARIO 08 Ritsuko Akagi "Ardent woman" Ritsuko is jealous of Rei because Gendo spends a lot of time with her. So she plans a strategy: seducing other men, so Gendo starts feeling jealous too.
SCENARIO 09 Maya Ibuki "The peak of the young grass" Maya is very nervous and has problems eating. Maybe it has something to do with her Operator colleague, Shigeru Aoba. Or maybe it is because of the tasks that Ritsuko has just asked her to do, related to Nerv's deepest secrets...
SCENARIO 10 Makoto Hyuga "Marvelous Sky" Hyuga is in love with Misato. Despite considering Hyuga a good friend, she is more interested in Kaji, with whom she is investigating Nerv's deepest secrets. Because of this, Hyuga is worried abour his love interest.
SCENARIO 11 Shigeru Aoba "Cobalt Sky" When he was younger, at his college days, Aoba was the guitarist of a band called Cobalt Sky. Although he liked playing guitar, he felt like it was impossible to make a living. So he studied hard and started working as Operator at Nerv, forgetting about his old friends.
SCENARIO 12 Ryoji Kaji "VS. Seele" Kaji is a triple spy: he works for Seele (spying on Nerv), he works for Gendo (spying on Seele) but he also works on his own to uncover all the secrets. In his Scenario, you must get ALL the "Classified Information" files. That's right: all 4 levels of information for all 24 subjects.
SCENARIO 13 Toji Suzuhara "Prudence of the heart" Toji takes care of her little sister, who remains in the hospital, recovering from the wounds suffered after Sachiel's battle. Toji blames Shinji for his clumsy controls of the EVA-01, but he ignores what destiny has planned for him. Toji's scenario objective is to become an Eva pilot and defeat the Mass Production Eva Series.
SCENARIO 14 Kensuke Aida "Waking up from the dream" Uncover the secrets behind "EVAs' Development" and the "Marduk Institute", and become an EVA Pilot. But at what cost?



*Toji dies near the end in this scenario, although it's from the battle with Zeruel.
SCENARIO 15 Hikari Horaki "The person who watched the spring" This Scenario is not very difficult, although there are lots of scenes to activate. It is a rather light-hearted Scenario, like a high school comedy. Hikari is in love with Toji, but he seems more concerned about an upcoming Evangelion activation experiment...
SCENARIO 16 Kaworu Nagisa "Broken Wings" Kaworu must discover who he really is and avoid causing the Third Impact.



*Interestingly, this scenario takes place in a somewhat alternate universe: Kaworu is one of the first Angels to attack, classified as the third Angel, and is stopped by Toji and Shinji from reaching Terminal Dogma.
SCENARIO 17 Pen Pen "Yet untouched by the hand of Humankind" You can't leave Misato's home in this Scenario. PenPen was watching TV and saw the advert of a Pet Shop. PenPen asked Misato to buy a dog-like robot called Nuigurumi, because he wants to take care of this virtual pet. Therefore, Misato goes to the shop but Nuigurumi is too expensive. However, she is given a coupon sheet to take part on a raffle for various products from the Pet Shop.
SCENARIO 18 Shinji Ikari "Silver Muriatic Balance" You start living at Misato's apartment, and every character is already living at Tokyo-3, even Asuka, Kaji and Kaworu. But even if there's 5 Pilots at Nerv, it seems like Shinji aboard the EVA-01 will be the only one deployed in battle, so be prepared for some tough battles. The Angels appear at random order, and it looks like EVA-01 may turn Berserk more often. This scenario is something of an inverse of Shinji's Scenario 2 (characters are in poor relationship standings, low AT, the ending itself is negative).

PS2 and PSP version differences

PS2 version

  • This version includes the opening to the series with somewhat improved graphics and Evangelion Unit-01 being rendered in 3D.
  • The ending credits theme is some lines from the CD version of Fly Me to the Moon.
  • You can unlock all Scenarios using a code.
  • The "Another World" and "The Final Messenger" Scenarios are only found in this version of the game.
  • Action buttons are used to make choices when talking to another character.

More to come

PSP version

  • The opening introduction is removed.
  • The ending theme is the background piece A Void in the Dream from The End of Evangelion.
  • To get newer Scenarios, you have to beat each one instead of using a code to unlock them
  • Two new features, Impulse and the Success/Failure Pulse are introduced and incorporated into game play (they make you pay for actions in the game).
    • The DefCon which keeps track of when the next battle will occur, is also introduced.
  • Instead of using the actions buttons to choose commands, commands are in a drop down menu instead.
  • The game play for the Scenarios is extended and improved.
  • The overall layout for Free Turns, battles and other things (for instance, character images don't take up the whole screen anymore) are improved upon.
  • Several new voice-overs are preformed by the seiyuu.

More to come

"Classified Information"

The game's biggest attraction was its "Classified Information" (Kimitsu Jouhou) files: the game was hyped to contain the answers to some of Neon Genesis Evangelion's most perplexing mysteries, and these "answers" came in the form of unlockable data files, isolated from the actual gameplay depending on the Scenario.

Series creator Hideaki Anno was extensively interviewed by the video game developers, so the information contained within the "Classified Information" files should probably be considered "second-tier" canon. [1]

For more information, please read the full translation of the Classified Information files.

F Type Equipment

F Type Equipment from the NGE2 game

We hear about B and D Type Equipment in the series. A and C are never mentioned, and, when it came time to fabricate a merchandising gimmick for the NGE2 game, they skipped straight to F. The F Type Equipment is magenta-and-orange-colored armor that is placed on on top of EVA-01's normal purple armor. Yamashita — who designed this — was well aware of the problematic nature of the F Type Equipment's concept considering his statements in the January 2004 issue of Newtype USA[Source needed].

Notes

  • A PSP version of the game, given the title Neon Genesis Evangelions: Tsukurareshi Sekai (Artificial World) - Another Cases was released in 2006 in Japan. It includes extras as well as game enhancements, such as a total of 18 game Scenarios (some modified or new ones), from the original 11 in the PS2 version.
  • The game borrows a few things from the Evangelion manga and tweaks them slightly to fit better with the anime:
    • For instance, when the power goes out at Nerv, if Kaworu has already arrived, he tells Rei "You are the same as me." Rei replies "I am me. I'm different from you." (During a chapter in volume the manga, Rei replies to Kaworu's statement with: "We may be similar, but are not the same.") Also in the same sequence, Shinji and Asuka are wandering around HQ together. This is borrowed from the manga chapter where Shinji and Asuka almost kiss.
      • In the scene of the power going out at Nerv, it's implied that Kaji was responsible for this.
    • Similar to the manga, in the Eva2 game Shinji (in his first Scenario, Angel Attack) lived with his Uncle and Aunt (instead of his teacher like in the anime).
  • Although Toji and Kaworu never meet in the series, the Eva2 game portrays them as not getting along--mainly on Toji's end.
  • Before the PS2 release, Kikkawa Kabao illustrated two spoof manga in Shonen Ace-A:
    1. "Part I - Shinji's Case"
    2. "Part II - Asuka's Case"

References

  1. Alpha Systems (the developers of the game) claim the information in the Classified Information files is 100% true, while Gainax stated all the information fans need to know is directly in the show. http://forum.evageeks.org/viewtopic.php?p=368618#368618



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