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The Silver Case is the first game made from Japanese game developer Grasshopper Manufacture. It was specifically written by Suda 51, and is part two in a series, despite the series generally taking the name of this game.
The Silver Case series consists of:
- Moonlight Syndrome: The sequel to two games in the Twilight Syndrome series, and the last game Suda 51 wrote for Human before he founded Grasshopper. The Twilight Syndrome games generally deal with a guy and two girls in high school who investigate paranormal events. Moonlight Syndrome, however, introduces a god named Mithra and another girl named Yayoi, who manipulates Mithra into convincing the guy to kill Yayoi in order to bring one of the two girls back to life after she was killed. The one girl that's left ends up defeating Mithra and killing Yayoi (temporarily), only to come back to find the boy watching TV with the second girl's head in a bag.
- The Silver Case: This one picks up immediately after Moonlight Syndrome ends, with the remaining boy and girl nearly killing a police officer, and getting gunned down themselves in turn. And that's just the prologue!
- Flower, Sun, and Rain: This one takes place an indeterminate amount of time after The Silver Case, and develops the stories of a few secondary characters present in that game, including, theoretically, Yayoi from Moonlight Syndrome.
- The Silver Case: Ward 25: This one was only released on Japanese cell phones, and seems to feature the main characters from both Flower, Sun, and Rain and the original Silver Case, as well as two new characters.
The Silver Case is divided into several chapters, and two distinct parts. The first part, "Transmitter", follows an ex-public mercenary named Akira, as he's transfered to the Ward 24 Police Homicide Division, following the death of his entire team at the hands of a mysterious man named Kamui. The second part, "Placebo", is the story of a reporter named Tokio Morishima who tries to figure out the connection between Kamui, a mysterious woman named Ayame Shimohara, and the city's government.
The "Transmitter" section is divided into six parts:
Lunatics: In which the events of Moonlight Syndrome are brought to a close. The player is introduced to the lead detective from the Ward 24 Homicide Division, Tetsugorō Kusabi, in this chapter.
Decoyman: In which all of Akira's team is murdered in the woods while chasing down Kamui. With Akira the only survivor, he is recruited to join Kusabi's team to try to capture Kamui. They get a call from a reporter named Tokio Morishima, who has tracked Kamui to a mall. When they get there, they only find him.
Spectrum: In which the personalities of some of Akira's team members are fleshed out, in a case that concerns the abduction of a child, and the protection of the child's best friend, the only witness.
Parade: In which it's revealed that one of Akira's team members, Sumio Kodai, was involved in the destruction of an entire town as revenge for what the town did to him and his three best friends when they were kids.
KamuiDrome: In which it's discovered that there is more than one Kamui, and that his personality acts as a virus that's transmitted over internet voyeur sites. This case specifically deals with two victims of the "Kamui Syndrome" named Furuya and Nakama.
LifeCut: In which Kamui is assassinated on the roof of a building. In which Kusabi kills his entire team. In which it's revealed that the Silver Case was a lie. In which it's revealed that the entire city is run by a short, fat guy in a control tower. In which it's revealed that the man controlling the short, fat guy killed his father and took over his body in order to get his sister's allegiance. In which it's revealed that Akira himself is Kamui.
The "Placebo" section of the game stars Tokio Morishima, an freelance journalist, as he tries to piece together the truth behind "The Silver Case". The governmental structure of Ward 24 was split between two political factions: The TRO/CCO, and the FSO. The TRO/CCO was run by Kaoru Hachisuka, and the FSO by a foreigner named Sundance Shot. In 1979, Sundance sent a professional assassin named Uehara Kamui to a building that the TRO/CCO leaders were having a meeting at. All of the leaders except for Kaoru were killed, and Tetsugorō Kusabi arrested Kamui. He was eventually imprisoned and when the connection between him and Sundance became known, Sundance was forced to flee Japan and go back home to Lospass Island.
At least, that's the story the public heard. Tokio discovered the truth, which was that yes, Kamui was sent by Sundance to kill the TRO/CCO leaders, but Sundance had a backup plan. One of Kamui's eyes was replaced by something called a "Silver Eye", which allows for the transmigration of consciousnesses between compatible hosts. Silver Eyes are very valuable, and the government officials at the meeting killed themselves fighting over Kamui's eye. It ended up falling into the posession of Kaoru Hachisuka's son, who used it to take over his father's body. "Kaoru" had noticed that the mass murder was a perfect crime to pin on Sundance and finally get him out of his life, for the Sundances and the Hachisukas have had a generations-long rivalry.
Following the revelation, Tokio gave all of the information to Akira with the idea that Akira would inform the press, and then Tokio went on vacation. Akira took off and disappeared and since most government officials were killed by Kusabi's rampage in LifeCut, Ward 24 has been presumably annexed into neighboring Ward 25.
This game contains examples of:
Wham! Episode (Parade and Lifecut. And Lunatics, for the Moonlight Syndrome angle.)