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Courier New, OCR A Extended...): 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 01234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123465789 sUrvIV-hOr...Bonjour.Jill.et.Chris.vOUs.EXPirerEz.DanS.ma.demeure.sANs.dOuLEUrs. Also, adjust your viewer settings in such a way that the above ASCII logo is rendered correctly (linefeed according to window, increase window size to at least 80 chars width). .00 History. 020818: Alpha version - done. Contains Core Walkthrough. Core Walkthrough best - 1:44. 020908: Beta version - done. Contains Core Walkthrough and Hard difficulty Patch. Core Walkthrough best - 1:39. Hard difficulty best - 1:50. 020915: Gamma version - done. Gamma version contains Core Walkthrough and Hard difficulty Patch with added Real Survivor Notes. Core Walkthrough best - 1:39. Hard difficulty best - 1:48. Real Survivor best - 1:50. 020917: Delta version - done. Delta version contains Core Walkthrough and Hard difficulty Patch with added Real Survivor Notes. Core Walkthrough best - 1:39. Hard difficulty best - 1:48. Real Survivor best - 1:50. A few details have been ironed out and the Magnum enigma resolved. Seems my lack of Japanese language skills caused me to oversee the .35/.44 calibres Magnums can have. Thanks to TC Chavez (Quizmaster) for enlightening me. 021005: Number five... is alive! Remco van Hamersveld alerted me to a few item management problems at the start of the game - yes, that Emblem should be picked up later, not in the beginning. Sorry, kind of a memory mix-up there. Nathan Norris solved the Mikami text enigma for me by providing a nice link, and he gave me a little inspiration to find a technique to run while carrying the filled Nitro fuel cannister. Thanks to both of them! As for me, I experimented a little here and there, and attempted a new speed run through Normal difficulty (Invisible Mode) with the new improvements, and cut two more minutes off the clock. Epsilon version - done. Epsilon version contains Core Walkthrough and Hard difficulty Patch with added Real Survivor Notes. Core Walkthrough best - 1:37. Hard difficulty best - 1:46. Real Survivor best - 1:47. .01 Table of Contents. 00 History Describing the FAQ's evolution 01 Table of Contents This old thing here 02 Introduction The whys and whats of this guide 03 Core Walkthrough - preparations General hints and tips 04 Enemy Files Know thy enemy 05 Core Walkthrough The asskicking beginneth 06 Hard difficulty patch Upping the challenge a bit (including Real Survivor Notes) 07 Closing Words Can't have a FAQ without these 08 FAQ Repertoire A list of the FAQs I've written so far 09 Disclaimer Unfortunately this *has* to be added .02 Introduction. Hey! Been a while, innit? After a rather long excursion into Devil May Cry (hands down the best action game to date!) on Playstation 2, yours truly got the opportunity to play Resident Evil Gamecube (henceforth referred to as Reg). I must say that Reggie pleasantly surprised me. The new puzzles, enemies and difficulty modes warrant this title to be considered a new game alltogether. Those used to the olde Resident Evil and Director's Cut (like me) will certainly be in for quite the treat. Now, Reg has been around in the States for some time now (Europe limps behind as usual *sigh*), so I guessed a few speed guides would already have popped up on GameFAQs (and indeed, they did). So the need arose to think up something a little different... and The Jill Guide Spectacular was born. So what exactly IS The Jill Guide Spectacular? Well, I'm going to try and show how to play the Jill game in as many ways as possible. To do this efficiently, we have a Core Walkthrough, which is basically an Invisible Mode speed guide for Jill in Normal difficulty. Personal best so far is 1:37, meaning you can finish within 100 minutes - kinda nice. Why Invisible Mode? Because it's challenging and also demonstrates that you don't need to actually see your enemies to finish the game quickly. Invisible Mode forces me to accurately describe enemy positions and how to evade them once they're set in motion. Finally, I haven't seen a satisfactory Invisible Mode guide yet. Why Normal difficulty? Because it's faster than Hard difficulty. In Normal, you can get through the game using only the Handgun and Grenade Launcher. In Hard, Grenade Launcher ammo is extremely rare and requires extra time to obtain, thus your final result will almost always be slower than Normal by 9-10 minutes. Why a speed guide? Because I love doing speed guides. After Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Handgun and Knife guides, I *really* wanted to get back to some quicker antics. This Core Walkthrough is the basis of all the rest in this guide. When mastered, you can play every Jill game you want to in Easy and Normal difficulties (although I don't really see any need to go to Easy difficulty). Once Again with One Dangerous Zombie activated is a joke, since you'll be quite teh evasive uberdervish by then, and Forest is weak. Yes, he's fast and you mustn't shoot him or use defense items on him, but that is easily taken care of. Thing is, when Forest lunges, he misses you half the time, plain and simple. So he's a pushover and better still, once you're out of the mansion (which takes 25 minutes), you'll never see Forest again. So what's *not* covered with the Core Walkthrough? Hard difficulty obviously, and I shall cater for it by adding a Skeleton Patch after the Core. The Skeleton leaves out all details you need that were already covered by the Core, and 'patches' differences where necessary. In it, you'll see why Hard takes longer (unfortunately). Also, I've included Real Survivor Notes in the Hard difficulty Patch. The added penalty of separated item boxes is not really a penalty for you - you'll only need item boxes to ditch items, hardly ever to retrieve any. There are a few nuances however, which warranted the notes. Being able to see the enemies in this mode, by the way, makes Real Survivor a lot easier than you might think, especially if you try this mode after Invisible. You'll laugh at all of yur opponents. Handgun or Combat Knife only walkthroughs also aren't covered by the Core Walkthrough, and unfortunately, you won't be seeing any of them here - yet. I'm thinking of adding Skeletons for Handgun only (Invisible Mode or not), but I haven't played the game long enough to supply them. As for Combat Knife only, I'm not considering it for Invisible Mode. That's truly suicide. If there's one thing you *need* when handling the Knife, it's visual contact and you're not getting that in Invisible. Okay, this Introduction is slowly reaching its end. Just one more thing: I've done some *major* updates on practically all of my older guides, with better tactics and of course, improved completion times (except for the Resident Evil 3 guides, they're not speed-based) without actually *cheating* by using the rocket launcher. Check them out at your own leisure... .03 Core Walkthrough - preparations. (a) The clock doesn't stop... ... unfortunately. But this is how it's been ever since the start of the Resident Evil series and I don't think we'll ever see it change. Thus, for optimum times, we'll have to skip cutscenes wherever we can, minimize item management and enter as few rooms as possible. Skipping cutscenes: press the START button. To skip reading a book: press the Cancel button (B) twice. Item management: the Action button (A) accelerates the text. the Cancel button (B) takes you back to previous menus. (b) The enemies are your friends. "Come again?" The enemies are your friends. "Eh?" Look, I'm not going to repeat this again. Killing enemies means you're losing time, and that's not good for a speed guide. Thus we will only kill the strict minimum shown in the Core Walkthrough. Additionally, this will minimize the amount of V-Act Zombies or Werewolves (a more fitting term regarding their appearance) you're going to see. (c) Herbs do not exist. Since there isn't a ranking system in Resident Evil, you won't be penalized when using a First Aid Spray (FAS). There is a lot of FAS in the game, even in Hard difficulty, which means collecting red/green Herb mixtures is a timewaste. Also when following the Core Walkthrough, you'll never get poisoned, thus Blue Herbs aren't necessary either. In Hard difficulty and Real Survivor, you will need to use a few Herbs - these are denoted in the Patch text (Chapter 06) If you're in shape and luck, you'll only need two FAS during the entire game, but most of the time three will be necessary. Don't worry, they're easily obtained. General health management: although Jill (and Chris) will change their posture as she (he) is increasingly hurt, she (he) can still move with great speed. Hence only use a FAS when she's (he's) in danger status and risks being hit by some attack. The guide provides some indication as to where a FAS is most likely to be used. (d) Shotgun Shells and Ink Ribbons do not exist. Getting the Shotgun isn't necessary in Normal difficulty, so Shotgun Shells pretty much pollute the place... in Hard difficulty, you shall have to get the Shotgun in order for Barry to donate his Acid Rounds and use it alongside the Launcher, but that's all the Shotgunnage you'll ever see when following The Jill Guide Spectacular. As for Ink Ribbons, we simply don't save. A save costs time, period. (e) Defense Items *own*. In Invisible Mode, Defense Items can be true lifesavers. Sometimes, that one Zombie didn't turn the way it turns 99% of the time and then it's good you can stomp them out of the way without having to take a bite. As a bonus, Defense Items don't take up inventory space. Rule of thumb in Invisible Mode: collect every Defense Item found along the way. Rule of thumb in any other Mode: collect the minimum as shown in the Core. (f) Jill *owns*. And everyone knows why, the two extra inventory slots are more than convincing enough. (g) *You* own. And I mean that. Make sure you're focused and alert. Look at the way Jill moves through the mansion - she's ready to face whatever's around the corner. You better be too. Every room you enter, you immediately have to know what enemies are in it, where their initial positions are and how they're going to move once you push Jill across the room (including possible variants). You know the optimum route through each room by heart and you can execute it near flawlessly. One slip-up in your timing or a bump against the wall lower your chances of clearing the room without getting hurt. Capcom provided us with short loading breaks inbetween rooms. Use them to your advantage and refocus your mind on the next area. (h) Notation. I'd like to agree on a few notational conventions with you before we hit the Core Walkthrough. Some homegrown terminology first: Werewolf A V-Act Zombie FAS First Aid Spray 180 A 180 degrees turn (read: one-eighty) Hug -X- Bump into -X- briefly, then move on Sleeper A creature which hasn't responded to Jill's presence - yet. Decap Decapitation-related Decaf Diet coffee Left/Right Move left/right from Jill's perspective. Stated when otherwise. Here's how the Walkthrough looks generally: [ 000 A Room Name ] Bulk Text Blablablah, here I talk about enemy placements and how to get through, discuss enemy tactics, explain puzzles etc, etc... Action1(Pickup, Combine, Use, ...): Item1, Item2, ... Action2(Pickup, Combine, Use, ...): Item1, Item2, ... Action3(Pickup, Combine, Use, ...): Item1, Item2, ... .... Bulk Text Blablablah, here I talk yet again about enemy placements and how to get through, discuss enemy tactics, explain puzzles, research the meaning of life and the philosophical relevance of winning an Academy Award, etc, etc... andsoforth...... If a certain room requires no Actions and/or Bulk Text, nothing will be written down. Room numbering goes like this: first digit: main area in order of appearance, next two digits: room in order of appearance. 0 is the first digit. Thus 207 is the *8th* room visited in the *3rd* main area. All pretty logical, wouldn't you agree? .04 Enemy Files. This chapter would fit nicely with the previous one, but it's too large to put there. Anyway, Confucius said: know your enemy. Here they are, in order of appearance: (a) Zombie A Resident Evil staple, they come in many flavors with largely varying statistics, such as hit points, speed and behaviour, which are randomly selected for each active Zombie each time you enter a room. Outside Invisible Mode, they are pretty tame in this remake. There are no real fast Zombies, and they're all easily lured into grabbing you (unsuccessfully). Simply get close to the Zombie you want to trick, then step back as he closes in and lunges. The sucker will stand there for a while, trying to figure out why he's not tasting blood in his mouth and by that time, you're looooooooong gone. In Invisible Mode, this kind of tactic is very hard. Here, it's better to know exactly where they're standing as Jill enters the room. Now try to imagine how the 'fastest' Zombie version would move as you run through and evade accordingly - don't worry, I'm giving plenty of pointers to each room. 90% of the time, you're home free, the other 10% there'll be contact, and that's where Defense Items come in. If you don't have any, they'll bring your status color down a notch if you wriggle and escape their grasp. If not, it goes down two colors. Needless to say, keep the hurt to a minimum. Zombies are easy, just how a staple should be. (b) Zombie Dog Again a Resident Evil staple, but unfortunately, this variant ain't what it used to be. The 'old' Zombie Dog was easily disposed of with the Handgun, and had acceptable range. The 'new' Zombie Dog *defines* CHEAP. It still takes 3-9 shots to take one out, but this time, they have a ridiculous range and many extremely quick attacks. Also, they won't drop after a single pelt, maybe occasionally shrug back, but that's it. Outside Invisible, they can drive you up the wall. I've seen a Zombie Dog perform a jump attack at an enormous distance, and in a direction *opposite* to Jill, yet the attack hit, and Jill lost a color. Amazing. Or even better: you run like a wizard and evade its jump attack. But now the Dog is close, and guess what it immediately does afterwards? Exactly, a SECOND jump attack. And this time, not even Superman can dodge it. Furthermore, their jaw only needs to be two feet away from Jill and they'll still hit. If that isn't CHEAP then I don't know what *is*. The attacks also last pretty long, not to my liking at all. Luckily, there aren't many Zombie Dogs around. We'll kill two of them in the entire game, and evade the others. In Invisible Mode, you'll be very grateful that the single Zombie Dog fight is staged in an area with all the Green Herbs you can eat. Beyond that, they're easily evaded, even though you might have to swallow a few bites. Tja. (c) Werewolf Our staple transmogrified into a Hunter (old style) class enemy? Not good. Each Zombie has the potential to change into a Werewolf when killed (without decapitation or burning). Werewolves have superhuman strength and a considerable velocity. They require high-level firepower to destroy and are difficult to target. Needless to say, we don't want Werewolves around, but we don't have the time to run around with that oil cannister burning things. Instead, we'll keep their numbers to a complete minimum by not wasting any Zombies unless we're sure that we won't be seeing any Werewolves afterwards (because other enemies have surfaced, or we simply never see the area again). There is one mandatory Werewolf fight, and we shall win it by virtue of the Grenade Launcher and a cheap insight. For the rest, the few Werewolves crossing our path will only get to see Jill's skidmarks as she storms to the nearest exit. Not really a problem, Invisible Mode or not. (d) Crow. These things are decoration at best. They fly occasionally. Not sure if they even exist in Invisible Mode - there could be tape recorders with bird noises scattered across the mansion for all I care. (e) Slidingworm. Poisonous. Pathetic. (f) Spider. Aka Giant Spider, but I'm lazy. Yeah, they have attacks that may hurt. They may even poison you, but reality says that these things are very, very slow. By the time they launch an attack, I'm refocusing my mind on the next area. There is an exception to the rule in the fight against the *really* big Giant Spider, but we'll get to that in the Core Walkthrough. (g) Shark. These will bother you slightly as you move along the Aqua Ring. (h) Bee. Take the Crow text, erase 'occasionally' and exchange 'bird' with 'insect'. (i) Shark. Big, bad, evil meanies that pack a punch. But they only appear in one place and are easily disposed of. Added for completeness' sake. (j) Hunter. Sniff... these socalled 'Hunters' don't even come close to the fierce beasts of the original Resident Evil and the ones in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Yeah sure, they're still fast and jumpy and have powerful attacks including the decap game ender, but they lost their edge completely. They're just too slow to get close to a well-trained Jill. Their activation time is too long - by the time they start their cruel killing spree, Jill is already close to the exit. No difference in Invisible Mode... you know where they stand, you know what they're going to do and they'll always will be too late to hit. Shoot them? And waste precious ammo? I think not. You can easily evade every Hunter array thrown at you. I guess I shouldn't be complaining as it helps the guide, but... I miss their ferocity. I miss the anxiety of a decap finisher when Jill enters Hunter grounds at Orange caution status... the Werewolf anxiety comes close, but alas no cigar. (k) Brain Sucker. Baptized as such due to their similarity to the Brain Suckers of Resident Evil 3, albeit a little smaller. They behave as a form of agressive Spider, but much faster. Can grope ceilings and drop down for a strong attack, costing you a color if it hits. As they're only present at the final stages of the game, and you only need to dispose of one, there's no need to consider them a problem, in or outside Invisible Mode. (l) Boss. The Bosses come in several flavors and are a menace as usual, especially in Invisible Mode. They'll be discussed in-depth during the Core Walkthrough. And trust me: once you know how to beat them in Invisible Mode, they'll flee from your diabolical laughter in any other mode once they realize that you can actually *see* them. .05 Core Walkthrough. Finally, here we are. My current personal best with this walkthrough version is a modest 1:37, which is nicely below the 100 minutes mark... 1:35 would be the next stop. Please note also that I'm playing the Japanese NTSC version of the game, not the US NTSC version or European PAL version. As I don't know a word of Japanese, I'll use my own descriptive powers for the room names and items. Oh, and should you wonder how I managed to complete the game without understanding the texts, all will be explained below. Some puzzles were quite the adventure... Okay. First though... We'll need Invisible Mode unlocked. To do that, first start a New Game and play Jill in Normal difficulty. You can follow the Core Walkthrough for that - hey, consider it a practice run. With the Core, you'll easily get a performance of 1:55 to 2:00 or even better the first time around, so the Samurai Edge, Rocket Launcher, Real Survivor Mode, access to Hard difficulty and Jill's first costume will be unlocked. Then enter Once Again... and do a Chris walkthrough (preferably Hard difficulty). Follow another guide for that, this is The JILL Guide Spectacular and besides, I suck at Chris (funny anecdote: first Chris game, I just couldn't find the Lighter anywhere... searched the entire mansion from top to bottom, got pretty desperate... only to see that the darn piece was in his inventory all along! *facepalms* :). With the experience gathered here, however, you should be able to finish nicely within 2:30. Completion will garner you Chris's first costume, One Dangerous Zombie unlocked inside Once Again and... Invisible Mode. Finally. Now the fun begins. Select Invisible Mode, Normal difficulty and pick Jill. We are go! For your information, Invisible Mode doesn't come with the Infinite Rocket Launcher. Thought you might want to know that - hehehe. You can still change costumes, though, so if you want to spare a few minutes and don Jill in her RE3 outfit, I'm not stopping you. If you choose G.I. Jill however, I will hunt you down and decap you Barry-style. [[ JILL INVISIBLE MODE NORMAL DIFFICULTY CORE WALKTHROUGH ]] ________________________________ Part One: The Mansion ________________________________ Note: Jill begins the game with a fully loaded handgun and the infamous Combat Knife. [ 000 Main Hall (ground level) ] Say: "Wow, what a mansion!" (Where is the cheesey voice acting? Sniff...) First, frantically tap START to skip the intro movie, Jill's body count, Barry, Jill and Wesker in the Hall and Barry and Jill inspecting the Dining Room. [ 001 Dining Room (ground level) ] Unequip: Handgun Yep, we don't need no frickin' weapon in this game! Actually, I'm asking you to do this because Jill now runs a LOT faster. And faster = better end result. Btw, you should really try Chris without weapons. He's just bah-roken then - "Werewolves? Zombie Dogs? Oh, those things *trying* to catch up to me. Cute". Run along the right side of the dinner table until a cutscene stops you. Skip it, then 180 into the nearby door. [ 002 Dining Room Corridor ] Glue Jill to the right for the quickest possible turn into the alcove. Skip the ensuing cutscene and head on back. See that black area to the left? That's the door to the Dining Room, you can enter it without switching perspective. You can do this in a lot of rooms, actually (try it). [ 001 Dining Room (ground level) ] So many cutscenes... skip, then 180 to follow the left side of the dinner table. At the exit doors, a moan alerts you to the fact that a Zombie has taken post in the Dining Room Corridor. He won't bother you for a while, though. Exit. [ 000 Main Hall (ground level) ] Obtain: Lockpick Say: "Jill, you, the Master of Unlocking." Skip yet another cutscene, then 180. Up the stairs you will go until the perspective changes. 180 anew, then hurry down the stairs for a cutscene to be skipped. Accept the Lockpick, then skip some more. [ 001 Dining Room (ground level) ] [ 002 Dining Room Corridor ] [ 003 Crow Hallway ] [ 004 Spear Corridor ] Pickup: Arrow, Clip A first test of your blind Zombie evasion skills. Clip right, then immediately left, hugging the wall. Clip right again to evade the fat Zombie stationed near the corner mirror. Proceed down the corridor with all those spears aligned (hence the room name) and get the Arrow. Get the Handgun Clip lying on the ground near a final mirror. This should activate a second Zombie, noticeable by the sudden footsteps and mirror reflection. Wait until you hear a lunge attack (a sort of highpitched 'hiss'), which'll miss as the wall edge kept you safe. You now know where the Zombie is (alongside Jill, standing motionless) and can move around it. See the door in the back? Do NOT run to it! Rather turn right to see another door which you *can* access. [ 001 Dining Room (1st floor) ] [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] [ 005 Graveyard ] Storm down the stairs and twist around, then swing to the left. You'll evade a Zombie this way and also see a tomb in the back. Head towards that tomb whilst glueing Jill to the right side of the path to keep a second Zombie asleep. At the tombstone, enter the menu and do this to unlock the tomb: Examine: Arrow Obtain: Arrow Head Use: Arrow Head Go waaaaaay down and turn right. Pickup: Book of Swords 180 and back up to the stairs. Climb them sticking to the right, and storm out, letting Jill hug the fence on her left. If all went well, the single Zombie you activated will lunge and miss. Otherwise, you'll have to take a bite, but it's pretty unlikely. Don't worry about it, we're gonna restock in a few. [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] Turn left and place Jill in front of the first door you see. Examine: Book of Swords Turn the Book of Swords around to find the Sword Key, then skip-read it to be able to unlock the door. *** CLOCK: 0:05 *** [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] Don't hesitate - RUN! Run straight on and attempt a sharp turn hugging the left corner edge. In most cases, the Zombie stationed there will miss - now continue along the aisle and be wary that there's a second Zombie around the bend who's been walking ever since you entered the room. Chances are he's close to the corner, thus position Jill there and wait for a lunge - the other Zombie is too far behind to catch up. As the lunge surfaces, you can safely pass from the outside. Now head for the door all the way in the back. [ 007 East Wing Library ] Pickup: Lighter, Dog Whistle, Handgun Clip First, get the Lighter on the desk table. Move far enough, or you'll activate the reading of some useless document. 180 and circle around the bookcase straight into the Handgun Clip. Get it, as well as the Dog Whistle on the table nearby. Exit from whence you came... [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] Whereas the previous run through this corridor was risky, this one is a laugh. Stick Jill to the left wall to evade Zombie number one, then move move move. See the other corner over there? Chances are, Zombie number two just walked into it. Follow him and keep running to hear yet another lunge miss. [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] [ 001 Dining Room (1st floor) ] Remember the door you came out of last time? Next to it is another door you can now unlock. Do it. [ 008 Serum Area (1st floor) ] [ 009 West Wing Dog Patio ] Equip: Handgun Use: Dog Whistle Use the whistle immediately in order to activate two Zombie Dogs, one of'em somewhat visible thanks to a shiny Dog Collar. Check your health. Normally, you'll be hit once in which case you won't have to use the Green Herb box (conveniently stationed nearby) but should you be hit twice or thrice use it NOW. Then position Jill nicely into the corner behind the Green Herb box, 180 and aim the Handgun. As soon as Blinky and his mate come around the corner, fire a few shots until one of the Dogs gets you. With the attack, they sign their own death warrant, as Jill usually drops them on the ground and can throw in another two bullets from her current position aiming down. Repeat until both Dogs drop with a monkey shriek. Pickup: Dog Collar Update your health again using the Green Herb box (love that thing), then exit - you'll be prompted to lose the Dog Whistle. Do so! [ 008 Serum Area (1st floor) ] Okay, our objective's the unlockable door on the opposite side of the U-shaped turn around the staircase. It's guarded by a single Zombie right in front of it, and odds say he's pretty much active. You can get by him if you run to the perspective where you can see said door, run up two steps, and then carefully take a step forward and back repeatedly. He'll lunge-hiss and miss, enabling you to rush by. I, however, want to save time. Thus I storm, take the damage and move on to greater and better things. [ 004 Spear Corridor ] Jolt left, then turn right. You should see a door and a Green Herb. As you go to the door, the sudden growl means a Werewolf has awakened. Don't mind him, he's never going to get close to you. [ 010 Trap Corridor ] Up the stairs an'round the bend. Ooh, what's this lying so nice and inviting on a pedestal? Pickup: Armor Key Whoops, as you take it a deadly trap activates. Luckily, you can enter the menu: Unequip: Handgun Examine: Dog Collar Press the Action Button immedately to unveil a new item, a token of sorts. Turn it around, then press Action again to create an Imitation Armor Key. Obtain: Imitation Armor Key Use: Imitation Armor Key Bam! Trap averted, and now you've got all the keys you need for the moment. [ 004 Spear Corridor ] Lock Jill to the left and make a *very sharp* turn as soon as you can. The door to your salvation and that Werewolf from before are in close vicinity - make sure you hit the door, not the Werewolf hit you. Shouldn't be a problem normally. [ 008 Serum Area (1st floor) ] Jill's best odds are on the right, which gets her past that one Zombie she most probably took a bite from earlier. In the back, someone's trying to get in and he will, unfortunately. Run over to the newcomer who, most likely, still is in the process of making the turn. You can circumvent him by taking the corner ever so sharply. Should he hug you, I'd recommend stopping by the Green Herb box in the West Wing Dog Patio. If not, continue straight to the Dining Room. [ 001 Dining Room (1st floor) ] [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] Instead of where Jill wants to go to, you better first unlock/enter the door directly opposite to your surfacing point. We're gonna get us some firepower, bro'. [ 011 Forest Patio ] Run along until Barry interrupts you with his cutscene, then pick up some schtuff. Pickup: Dagger (Defense Item), Grenade Launcher Though you lost time here, the Launcher will more than make up for it later. [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] Unlatch and enter the first door you come across. *** CLOCK: 0:10 *** [ 012 Richard Corridor ] Run until you can't no more, then skip the Richard cutscene. The game'll automatically drag you back out (don't forget to press Cancel once the map screen pops up). [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] Descend the stairs. Now finally the time has come to examine the 'door on the opposite side' as promised to Barry earlier on. [ 013 Woman Drawing Water ] Unlock the door on the right. [ 014 Windowcrashin' Dogs Corridor ] What? No Windowcrashin' Dogs (yet)? [ 015 East Wing Ground Level Corridor) ] Unlatch the nearest (iron) door. Btw, the opening perspective is ideal to check out your bonus outfits (in fungames). I do like Skater Chris. [ 016 East Wing Dog Patio ] Pickup: Chemical Nothing more to do here. [ 015 East Wing Ground Level Corridor) ] [ 014 Windowcrashin' Dogs Corridor ] NOW the Dogs come a-Windowcrashin'! Just run, they won't even get close to you. [ 013 Woman Drawing Water ] [ 000 Main Hall (ground level) ] [ 001 Dining Room (1st floor) ] [ 008 Serum Area (1st floor) ] Equip: Handgun It's cleanup time. We need to take out two Zombies to have a free pathway in this area. The first is located at about the second corner of the U-shaped turn from Jill's viewpoint, the second will be halfway up the stairs after you got rid of number one. Because you've waited so long before taking them out, you'll never see them as Werewolves. Anyway, proceed down the stairs and take the nearest door. [ 017 Serum Room ] Time to pick up the Serum. It's in the shelf next to the Item Box, but first: Open the Item Box, then ditch the Combat Knife, Grenade Launcher and quickly drop/retrieve the Handgun to unequip it. After that: Pickup: Serum You should look like this at the moment: Handgun (a few bullets left) Handgun Clip (15 bullets left) Sword Key Armor Key Lighter Chemical Serum Great. Exit. [ 008 Serum Area (ground level) ] Plod along the ground level corridor until you hit a door to be unlocked with the Armor Key. [ 018 West Wing Ground Floor Corridor ] Pickup: Taser (Defense Item) Your second Defense Item of the day. Now continue along the direction Jill was going, all the way down to this nice door - enter. [ 019 Greenhouse ] Position Jill in front of the water pump. Use: Chemical Keep clicking the Action Button to get the pump to spray it's deadly contents all over the treacherous vines around the fountain. Now you can go get what's behind them. Pickup: Skull 1 They look like skulls, and there's four of'em. Hence the name. [ 018 West Wing Ground Floor Corridor ] Ooh, now two Zombies come a-Windowcrashin'. Ignore them and follow this L-shaped corridor to the last door which is in dire need of some unlockin'. It's time to consider saving Richard, now. [ 002 Dining Room Corridor ] [ 001 Dining Room (ground level) ] [ 000 Main Hall (ground level) ] [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] [ 012 Richard Corridor ] Yeah! Thanks to the Serum, Richard's saved! Now sneak past him towards the now-accessible door. [ 020 Attic Corridor ] Equip: Handgun Step up to an apparent left turn, rotate 90 degrees left and begin shooting to drop a lone Zombie guarding the turn - during the process, you'll be forced to use the lone Handgun Clip, thus freeing up an inventory slot. With him out of the way, you won't have to worry about nasty surprises in the next room... Unequip: Handgun [ 021 Candle Room ] Run to the back of the table and push the moveable shelf to reveal a secret alcove. Enter it to activate the invisible fat Zombie, then 180 to the candle. Light the candle (By the way, in Once Again with Forest activated, it's best to walk backwards into the alcove - you'll be hit by Forest otherwise. Also light the candle *before* activating him). Use: Lighter (well duhh) Wait a few counts, retreating to the shelf on the left side of the screen. The fat Zombie will have moved out of the secret alcove and is far enough for you to go fetch the item inside. Pickup: Music Notes A You can safely exit now. [ 020 Attic Corridor ] [ 012 Richard Corridor ] [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] [ 001 Dining Room (ground level) ] Pickup: Emblem The Emblem's at the end of the Dining Room, where Barry was investigating some ketchup earlier on. [ 002 Dining Room Corridor ] Equip: Handgun Turn right until the perspective changes. There's a Zombie you have to drop straight ahead. After that, the Handgun has become obsolete. Head for the door he was guarding visible from said perspective - the Armor Key will unlock it. Unequip: Handgun [ 022 Music Room ] Twist around the piano and shove the shelf twice. Turn left slightly for the item you were seeking. Pickup: Music Notes B Now tread on back to the piano, then access the menu. Combine: Music Notes A, Music Notes B Use: Music Notes Skip the Moonlight Sonata (you heard it more than enough in the original - Lord knows, *I* did) and run into the secret area. Pickup: Gold Emblem Oops. The secret area closes again. And no piano here. Or Music Notes. Use: Emblem A good thing I played the original. The good'ol faithful exchange trick. [ 002 Dining Room Corridor ] [ 001 Dining Room (ground level) ] Well, if good'ol faithful exchange trick worked in the Music Room, it just might work here too. Use: Gold Emblem And it does, naturally. Go to the grandfather clock and set the time to 6 o'clock (left-right, left-right). Pickup: Shield Key [ 000 Main Hall (ground level) ] [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] [ 012 Richard Corridor ] [ 020 Attic Corridor ] Unlatch the door leading to the Attic (using the Shield Key - discard it immediately afterwards). [ 023 Attic ] Run up to activate the Snake fight. Unfortunately, everyone's favorite action hero err... reptilian behemoth is a lot easier now, but not because Richard's providing cover. Simply go to the back of the Attic. See that second pillar there? Curl around, counterclockwise - Snake'll follow, taking his sweet time, as we all know from the visible modes. Pickup: Skull 2 Now glue Jill to the right wall (her perspective) and run back to Richard. Say some encouraging farewell words to him as you exit, a'ight? CLOCK: 0:20 [ 020 Attic Corridor ] OUCH! Poor Richard! [ 011 Richard Corridor ] Just so you know, there's a sleeper Zombie guarding the corner. It might be a good idea to take the first right into that small pillar alcove and move from there... wouldn't you agree? [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] To the right we proceed, and unbelievably but true, the Zombies shifted position in such a way that you can easily unlock/enter the next door with the Armor Key. Why is that? Well, immediately as you go for it, a third Zombie storms out of the Richard Corridor. Oh no, we're in deep sh? Not really. Just one more visit to this area after this and then we'll never get back. [ 024 Armory ] Puzzle time. Just push the armors as shown on below schematic: x 1 b 2 3 First armor 1, then 2, then 3 (never mind the armor at 'x'). Easy enough, then press the button at 'b' to get the previously barred item. This puzzle was solved fairly quickly through trial and error. Pickup: PushButton Jewel Box PushButton Jewel Box contains Skull 3, but we're not opening it yet. [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] Okay. Just run towards the Mini Library as we did some time ago. There's a Zombie in the corner, but he won't be a problem if you just follow the quickest path. The problem is the Zombie around the bend. You need to pray that he's still waddling around the right wall, so that you and Jill can pass him sticking to the left. If not, say goodbye to your Dagger. [ 007 East Wing Library ] See that door near the desk where you found the Lighter? Go go go! [ 025 Storage Hall ] Run for the stairs. Two Zombies will trail you, or rather you will *hear* two Zombies trailing you, so don't worry. Go down the stairs and as you hit the second set of stairs, superglue Jill to her right as you descend. This ensures that a third sleeper Zombie downstairs won't awaken and that you *really* need. Now cometh the tricky part: observe following plan, corresponding to what you'll see in your perspective ________ x_____ | Z | | ___o| | | | You're at the 'x', just below the staircase, two Zombies hot on your tail. You need to reach the door at the 'o', but on position 'Z', there's the sleeper Zombie. I think it's fairly obvious how you *should* run, but the problem is that space is really cramped, and the Zombie *will* get you if you don't PROPELL Jill into the opposing wall. You MUST do a very sharp turn, or you'll lose a Defense Item (and precious seconds). [ 026 Storage Room ] Pickup: Flame Rounds It's time for a quick inventory rearrangement. Access the Item Box, then drop the Handgun, Sword Key and Flame Rounds, then click on your Grenade Launcher so that Explosive and Flame Rounds are interchanged. Pickup: FAS Your inventory now looks like this: Grenade Launcher (not equipped, Flame Rounds) FAS Armor Key Skull 1 Skull 2 PushButton Jewel Box Set? Let's get going. [ 025 Storage Hall ] Now it's easy. Turn Jill 90 degrees counterclockwise and run dead on. The 'Z' Zombie will always miss. Turn left and exit. [ 027 Gallery Corridor ] Sway right until you see two doors and an alcove that leads to the outside, guarded by a Zombie. Take the door on the left. [ 028 Gallery ] Woe me for not being able to read a single Japanese word (unless it's an english expression written in Katakana). Since the description of the pictures and everything else was in Kanji, I was getting desperate. There are 6!(= 720) combinations in all, and I sure wasn't going to try them all. But then I saw the number 3 somewhere (3 buttons)... that, coupled with the changing colors and those on the last painting gave me the insight to find the solution, namely matching colors on both sides (2 times 3) to fit those on the last painting. In practice, run down the hall and press the button below paintings 1, 4 and 5, then hit the button of the final painting to open up a pathway to the graveyard and the final item you need. By the way, it's funny to see how Jill is unable to run through to the pathway even though the wall has raised to a height well above hers. Pickup: Skull 3 Unlock the fence with the Lockpick and go through. [ 005 Graveyard ] Been a while... well, it seems the Zombies once haunting this graveyard are gone. By the way, before you move... do you see that inscription on the tombstone in front of Jill? Those are Greek symbols (mathematicians should be familiar with them), and the first six spell out Chi-Alpha-Pi-Chi-Omega-Mu: CAPCOM... ironic to see the company predict their own demise... Anyway, MOVE now. Go down the looooooooooong stairway again and look at the wall with all the face reliefs. We need to use those hollow Skulls with them. There are four reliefs: The first requires the flawless Skull. Use: Skull 2 The second requires a little manual labour. Access menu: Examine: PushButton Jewel Box There's a button you may immediately push, then press Up and rotate 180 degrees for a second button to push. The Jewel Box will open, revealing Skull 4, which lacks a mouth and a nose. Obtain: Skull 4 Use: Skull 4 The third requires the Skull without the mouth. Use: Skull 1 The fourth requires the Skull without the nose. Equip: Grenade Launcher Use: Skull 3 Bamm. As the Skulls are placed, the nearby hanging coffin is released from its chains in a most gruesome way. Examine it, then watch how the coffin's inhabitant is... a Werewolf. And this time, he's invisible, some smoke puffs betraying his location. Luckily, you've got your boomstick, and you *know* he's walking on a straight line towards Jill. Two nicely timed Flame Rounds shall predict his demise. Now go check that coffin to unlock the gate that trapped you for a while. Pickup: Umbrella Crest 1 Unequip: Grenade Launcher Leave this place of horror. [ 028 Gallery ] [ 027 Gallery Corridor ] There's a Zombie dead ahead, he's close and he's coming. Do the forward-backwards thing until he miss-hisses, circle and exit. In the slim event that this doesn't work, you'll have to forfeit a Defense Item. Oh boo-hoo. [ 029 Exit Patio ] Run along, never mind the Doggie jumping in. He's not even coming close. Use: Umbrella Crest 1 [ 100 Shed ] Yay, a shed! And items! Don't pick anything up, except for the Taser and FAS as you run down the small stairway. Pickup: Taser (Defense Item), FAS [ 101 Path of the Cerberi ] Nothing much to do here, except to skip Barry's little phone-in, and set the wind dials to West (W) and North (N) respectively. Note how both dials point in the same direction on the screen (easy to memorize). [ 102 Crow-Magnum Pathway ] Just run. The Grenade Launcher is more than sufficient for our purposes. [ 103 Outside Lisa's Shack ] Even though the game wants to make you think otherwise, this is a normal runway where you can move through without getting stuck behind trees. Erase the waving grass from your thoughts and you'll find the optimum path. [ 104 Lisa's Shack ] Not quite the pad you'd invite college boys into, now is it, Lisa? Anyway, hurl Jill towards the *sarcastic cheer* Square Crank. Pickup: Square Crank (everybody who hates these things, testify!) Ditch the Armor Key in the Item Box, then hurl her all the way back out. Never mind the little disturbance that is Invisible Lisa. Just count: "Ooooone - RUN!" and stick nicely to the left. She'll never hit. [ 103 Outside Lisa's Shack ] Ooh, there's an invisible Zombie stationed at the 6th camera perspective. We're sooo scared now, especially since you can run around the nearby tree and evade it ad infinitum. <sarcasm> I really wuv backtracking over vast distances, by the way. </sarcasm> [ 102 Crow-Magnum Pathway ] [ 101 Path of the Cerberi ] [ 100 Shed ] Head for the one other exit. [ 105 Doggie Courtyard ] 3 Zombie Dogs here, and you can't see a single one of them. Right now, you need to reach the gate on the other side. Move Jill - she'll be interrupted by a radio message from Chickenheart - and don't mind whatever's happening. All you should think about is that gate over there. You might get hit briefly, tough. [ 106 Pool ] This pool just begs to be drained. Take a left and right, then commence draining: Use: Square Crank (Testify, I tell you!) Skip the exciting cutscene about the exciting event that is the exciting drainage of an exciting pool overnight, then climb ladders until you can proceed to an exciting circular elevator. Note: you can activate the ladder-climbing from rather large distances AND you don't have be aligned with it anymore. Thanks, Capcom. Now just release a patch where those darned Cranks are no more and I'll quit brainwashing the RE community about how annoying the things are. [ 107 Waterfall Courtyard ] Crows? Taperecorders? Who knows? Who cares? Hit the only other exit in here. [ 108 Guardhouse Path ] A lot of hisses should alert you to the fact that this place is swarmed with Slidingworms. Please see the above argument as to how you should treat this apparent 'threat'. ________________________________ Part Two: The Guardhouse ________________________________ [ 200 Guardhouse Corridor ] Turn right, then a straight slam into the red double doors at the back of the long corridor. Don't mind the box. That's just Snake hiding from the guards. Best not to bother him. [ 201 Rec Room ] These guys enjoyed strong arm contests, apparently. There's a Spider here, but he's not about to trouble you. Chug Jill left, then go down the stairs at the strong arm poster. Fetch: Red Book Then head back. Spidey will be at the entrance, paws raised and not sure whether he's going to do something or not. Let's not interrupt the poor thing. [ 200 Guardhouse Corridor ] Run around Snake-in-the-box and turn left into the pathway with two holes. Yes, that vine is strangling Jill and it'll do so two more times, bringing her status down a color IF you don't let it strangle too long (wriggle hard). Plant 42 deserves an appetizer for the hot'n spicy ahead. Yes, you can circumvent the damage shoving the nice box around and climbing it and two more boxes, but that drains time - something we cannot spare. [ 202 Bee Corridor ] Run all the way to room 002 at the end of the corridor, noting the Gallery doors along the way. There, try to enter it, skip the 'kkraziness' cutscene and enter anyway. [ 203 Room 002 ] Skip the cutscene where 'kkrazy' Barry needs some fresh air, then 180 into the small door next to the exit door. [ 204 Room 002 Bathroom ] There's an important item up on the shelves in the back. Pickup: Room 001 Key As you pick it up, someone enters Room 002. It can't be Barry. Wesker? Chris? [ 203 Room 002 ] Oh, an invisible Zombie (big surprise there). Never mind the bugger for now, retreat. [ 202 Bee Corridor ] [ 200 Guardhouse Corridor ] Plant 42 has another serving of Jill throat, then it's unlock/enter time for Room 001 using the Room 001 Key. [ 205 Room 001 ] Another hike into the bathroom. Many secrets are afoot in bathrooms these days, it seems. [ 206 Room 001 Bathroom ] Never mind the corpse on the floor, you're needed at the bathtub, where draining it is an ingenious new passtime. After it's drained, a rope'll snap outside - simultaneously, you grab the shiny inside the tub. Pickup: Power Room Key Now, a foreboding tune plays and you'll either catch a glimpse of the sleeper raising itself or you were so fast that he's still feeling sleepy. Whatever the case, it's a good time to bail. [ 205 Room 001 ] [ 200 Guardhouse Corridor ] [ 202 Bee Corridor ] [ 203 Room 002 ] Although you can't see him, the Zombie ahead is a sleeper AND facing the opposite direction. You can simply pass him, then you hit a brick w... err, two bookcases. Give the left a single push forward and the right a single push right, then quickly face the ladder to exit. Timing is crucial unless you want Zombie boy to give you a backrub. Hey, don't blame him for trying. Poor sod's been away from his wife for weeks now and all he's got are those pinups on the wall. It's a sad, sad life for Zombies. [ 207 Up-the-wall-driving Box Puzzle Corridor ] Oh no, this place looks awfully familiar. Please, for the love of God, in this remix, no Box Puzz- arrgh. Okay people, time for a little comparison test. Capcom moved one box much closer to the other two, so it *should* take less time than the original puzzle, right? Yeah, right. The crates are not only bigger, but heavier, so that Jill can only move them over short distances. Shorter than the original crates. This compensating factor makes that the new box puzzle, which is actually the old box puzzle with one box moved closerby, lasts *about* as long as the original puzzle. I nearly went back up the ladder, shouting "Fresh Jill! Fresh Jill! Get yer tasty fresh Jill over here!" in agony to the lonesome Zombie up there. But okay, I'll submit to the insanity one last time: Hit third box and shove in pool. Hit second box and shove in pool. Hit first again, shove into wall, then shove in pool. Wax on, wax off. Catch fly with chopsticks. *gulp* RE2 has slide puzzles too. They're gonna remake RE2. Oh no. Anyway, with that out of the way, let's get going. [ 208 Shark Tank ] BIG Shark Tank this time. Run around the ring-shaped pathway until a cutscene alerts you of something that sees your feet, but which you can't see. Keep going, not minding the occasional toothmarks - that's why you're carrying a FAS. Ah, double doors! Ah, they unlock thanks to the Power Room Key! Ah, a good thing you can cut off the doom-predicting music this way! [ 209 Power Room ] Jump down the ladder (if only she could...) and investigate the white board on the desk to Jill's right (your left). Memorize the number, then look at all them buttons! Schematically, this is the plan: ________________ D Panel1 e Pa s ne k l2 Panel3 ____ _________ E Va x lv i es t____________ Hit panel2. Whoops, the Sharks attack. Now hit Panel3 to be able to hit Panel1. Shutters go down, but not the way it should. Head for the valves and hit the number corresponding to the number on the white board. Repeat the Panel3-Panel1 combo to fix the situation, then Panel2 to drain the Shark Tank. If you solve this puzzle completely before lil'miss "Fressure Freshold" aka "Locking all fours" announces 50%, you may pat yourself on the back. [ 210 Drained Corridor ] Bend right to see a set of double doors pop up. Go in. [ 211 Drained Facility ] Run allll the way around until you see mother Shark napping near something glistening. Enter the small waterpool and hop onto the small pad. As you try to grab the glistening object, mother Shark attacks. It's time for Jill to set things straight about who's boss once and for all. Drop the control panel into the water, then fry her by pulling the nearby lever. Mother Shark fries as do the electricity generators, thereby allowing to enter the waterpool without getting some current herself. Don't you just love bad equipment? Grab the glistening object now and leave. Pickup: Gallery Key [ 210 Drained Corridor ] Curb right and see this nice gating appear. Go through. [ 212 Drained Something-we-only-visit-once-in-the-game ] Steer Jill down the corridor, turn right and climb the ladder. Suddenly, I realize why Capcom designers make these ladders so blimmin' long and why they view them from such odd perspectives... move that booty baby yeah... *shakes head*... [ 207 Up-the-wall-driving Box Puzzle Corridor ] BAN BOX BRAINBENDERS! Err- just get back and climb that ladder. [ 203 Room 002 ] No matter how hard you may wish, the Zombie's still in here and this time, it ain't sleeping. Unfortunately for him, you should have some Defense Items, so bump into him and get on with the show. [ 202 Bee Corridor ] Unlock/enter the Gallery. [ 213 Gallery ] The killer Bees are coming! Well, only four invisible ones to guard the hive, actually. Run quickly to the dead man on the floor and extract something from him. Pickup: Insecticide Spray 180 back on out. If you were quick enough, no killer Bees will get you. [ 202 Bee Corridor ] Return to Room 002 and continue to the map stuck at the very end of this corridor. Tear it off the wall, then do NOT examine the hole, or a coupla bees will pop out to lose you some time. What you should do to the hole, is this: Use: Insecticide Spray Swish - That takes care of the hive. 180 on back to the Gallery. [ 213 Gallery ] Go to the hive, a mere shadow of a once proud queen bee-dom. Pickup: Room 003 Key Retreat to the Room 003 entrance, also in the Gallery. Unlock/enter the door. [ 214 Room 003 ] This time no big secret in the bathroom, so hurry on to the bookcase. Get the White Book and skip-read it. Equip: Grenade Launcher Use: Red Book Now you may reconstruct the image of a fair and confectionally challenged maiden on the backs of the Red Books (must've been the dark collection of the works of Marquis de Sade - bigger, longer and unwritten). To do it quickly, exchange books 1-4, books 2-6 and books 3-7. A secret entrance opens. Wowzers. [ 215 Plant 42 ] It's weedwhackin' time. Climb the stairs and watch Plant 42 unfolding her core (the core is a cg animation, thus it can't be made invisible. Now isn't that a shame? *grin*) - your cue to plug in two Flame Rounds. She won't like it and show her annoyance in a short cutscene. After that, listen for the core to open again and plug in Flame Round number three to finish her off. With bad luck, you'll need to waste your fourth Round, and if that still doesn't kill it, you're bad at timing. Reset the game. For those who got it right, go down the stairs, collect the prize and head on out. Pickup: Helmet Key Unequip: Grenade Launcher Use: FAS [ 213 Gallery ] [ 202 Bee Corridor ] As you run to the Guardhouse Corridor, Wesker will amaze you with his mad sniping skills. Cut the chit-chat short and 180 on out. [ 200 Guardhouse Corridor ] [ 108 Guardhouse Path ] [ 107 Waterfall Courtyard ] [ 106 Pool ] The invisible Slidingworms have returned here, and if you're not careful, you'll be poisoned, and that is a bad thing. So you'll have to run smart. Everything goes fine until you reach the following point on the map: | J| | |____ | | |x___ | | x| Pool | | L | J is Jill and she's storming to the ladder at L. Now there are two surprise Sliding worms at the x's - they both will attempt a jump attack on Jill as she passes. If they hit, there's a chance of being poisoned, and that would mean a reset. You could've brought a Blue Herb from the Guardhouse Corridor, but that is a timeloss. Your call. What we'd rather do is to glue Jill, who starts at J, to the left railing, then cross slightly diagonally, powerlocking her to the right side of the pathway. It is effectively the shortest path to the ladder, and it effectively is what you must do to avoid poisoning. If not, reset. [ 105 Doggie Courtyard ] [ 100 Shed ] New and useful items, great! Pickup: Taser Your inventory should look as follows, btw: Grenade Launcher (unequipped, zero to one Flame Round) Square Crank Helmet Key FAS [ 029 Exit Patio ] ______________________________________ Part Three: The Mansion Returneth ______________________________________ [ 027 Gallery Corridor ] Tread a few steps and witness the arrival of the downgraded Hunters. Ignore the little fellow, who is invisibly stuck behind a corner whilst trying to get you, as you continue your path of trials. [ 025 Storage Hall ] Two Hunters here, and they will effectively come very close to maiming you, but it won't happen if you're fearless and move without hesitation past the first Hunter and climb the stairs, keeping to the right at all times. Hunter one will jump right behind you while number two arrives. Take a sharp turn into the corridor sticking, to the left. Eventually, both Hunters are trailing - you're free to dash to the end of the corridor and enter the door around the corner. [ 030 Fireplace Map Room ] Unlock/enter the Trap Room thanks to the Helmet Key. [ 031 Trap Room ] At long last, this is a fun puzzle. Push the statue into the area with the crushing walls, and push it all the way down. The statue keeps the walls apart and you alive enough to run back out and curb left. Lookie there, a button that cries to be pushed. Do so and quickly return to the statue and push it left on the strange floormark. This will auto-place the statue and uncover a -you guessed it- secret entrance. With a Defense Item, nice. Pickup: Dagger Go down the dark hole, which gives way to a tomb of sorts. Pickup: Doom Book no. 1 Skip read the tombstone at the end of the tomb, then press the button to discover a ladder, leading to the next area. [ 032 Under the Tomb ] Itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the mansion wall. Along came our Jill who could not see him at all. Another itsy spider waited for her to come. But to the left curbed Jill, and his poison was for none. The final bitsy spider guarded the exit door. Unfortunately Jill was too fast for him to floor. [ 033 Kitchen Corridor ] Curb right, two Zombies are coming even though you can't see them, but hey, what's that little shiny over there? Pickup: Dagger The Zombies are at strategical positions and thus a nuisance. But we have Defense Items and a little bonus. The Zombie on the left is not important yet, and the other is coming up some stairs, meaning he'll drop acid rather than attack. Rush all over him as he performs his pathetic attack and move until you see a lever. Pull it and be glad nothing electrified is touching the little waterhole you're wading through. Now get back and use your Defense Items on the wretched foes. With luck, you'll only have to use one. Exit. [ 034 Kitchen ] There's something coming for you. You're scared now, huh? Count to six, then run clockwise around the kitchen table and curb into the small corridor leading to an elevator. Activate it, wait, and hop on. Meanwhile, some cloaked Zombie is asking himself why his masterplan to trap you didn't work. [ 035 Library Corridor ] To the right ye shall curb. There's a Zombie waiting - let him have some fun with your Taser or Dagger if you still have one. If not, it's not the end of the world, you'll be at yellow caution status, sniff. Head for the door straight ahead. [ 036 Utility Room ] It's small, but convenient and packed with goodies. Pickup: Battery, Acid Rounds, Taser (Defense Item) Those Acid Rounds are going to see some action soon enough. [ 035 Library Corridor ] Turn left to unlatch a door, leading to... [ 004 Spear Corridor ] In any visible mode, I'd storm through this area to get to the Trap Corridor. But, as there's a Werewolf and two Zombies on the loose, and they're invisible, I prefer something a little safer. There's a 10 second difference between the risky and safe route, but the risky route *can* get you to red danger status fairly quickly if you're out of luck. So I eat those 10 seconds, thank you very much. [ 001 Dining Room (1st floor) ] [ 008 Serum Area (1st floor) ] [ 004 Spear Corridor ] [ 010 Trap Corridor ] Unlock/enter the door at the very end of this corridor, using the Helmet Key. [ 037 Library ] Toughest fight of the game (and it's pretty easy). Run along until our friend Snake introduces himself again, still wearing that great cloaking device from Otacon, proving to be the sneaky stealth master he truly is. Errr - what am I saying, it's a big, huge, giant, maneating, poisonous, invisible Snake. And it introduces itself. You'll see shortly why I preferred Jill in yellow or green status. Don't bother attacking it here - go down the ladder first. Equip: Grenade Launcher (Flame Rounds if still one left, Acid Rounds otherwise) Run to the perspective where you get an overhead perspective of tiny Jill and the bookcase. Snake will sneak out of the left side of the bookcase, head raised and poisonous fangs visible, so aim left diagonally and either plug in your last Flame Round, then switch to Acids, or plug in the first Acid, depending on what you had left. Then keep plugging in Acids until it goes down (3 or 4 depending on whether you still had that Flamer). Yes, Snake will hit you, but because your in its direct attack path, Jill will still be aiming at its head after impact. Keep shooting! After victory is yours, your foe will conveniently smack its giant head into the bookcase, immediately unveiling the book you needed. Now if that isn't the coolest library search system ever, then I don't know what is. Pickup: Doom Book vol. 2 Unequip: Grenade Launcher Use: FAS You needed that FAS here, as you'll be either in orange or red status here. Return from whence you game, ie. get up ladder and bail out. [ 010 Trap Corridor ] [ 004 Spear Corridor ] [ 008 Serum Area (1st floor) ] Oh, lookie here, another door to unlock/enter with the Helmet Key. [ 038 Stuffed Animal Room ] Hit the light switch immediately. We need the Jewel inside the deer head, so push the little shelf forward against the wall. Now run to the buffalo head to lure Ernie the evil stuffed eagle there and lock it into place. Staple (I'm running out of synonyms here) Jill to the back wall and mount the shelf to get to the deer head before Ernie the evil stuffed eagle does the same. Pickup: Red Jewel, Explosive Rounds [ 008 Serum Area (1st floor) ] [ 001 Dining Room (1st floor) ] Stick Jill to the left wall and run along. At some point, you'll activate a lone Hunter standing there, but he'll never catch up if you keep on running. None of them do *sob*. [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] Go down the stairs. There's ONE *door* that hasn't been touched yet, and guess what: you can unlock/enter and get rid of the Helmet Key in one elegant move. It also frees up inventory space, which is good because it was really getting cramped in there. [ 039 Something of everything Room ] Nothing of interest in the Something of Everything Room. Go figure. [ 040 Mirror Room ] Booh, evil Zombie in there, and this time you're in luck, as his reflection is there as a reference. Not that you need it. Run around him to get a pretty item. Pickup: Jigsaw Puzzle Jewel Box Access the menu: Combine: Red Jewel, Jigsaw Puzzle Jewel Box Now you have to solve the neatest little jigsaw puzzle and, fun of all funs, the pieces have a random orientation every time. But lucky you, the puzzle isn't hard at all. The game even clues you to the solution by always starting with the biggest piece. Place this piece first without rotation, fitting it to the borders of the Jigsaw Puzzle Jewel Box. Leave plenty of room for other pieces or you will have to get back a second time. From this point, you might have to rotate pieces. Take the second largest piece and also fit it to the borders, in such a way that two empty areas are formed, the smallest of them looking exactly like one of the puzzle pieces. Place that one next. Then, pick the smallest piece that's left and fit it into the center. The final piece is easily placed and completes the puzzle. The above description is very easy once you're fiddling around with the pieces, and allows you to solve it faster than with a picture of a single solution, since there are 8 possible solutions to this puzzle due to rotational symmetry and you spend more time adapting and matching the pieces to the graphical solution than with the above method. You shouldn't spend more than 35-40 seconds on this. Once you're done, you'll get a nice item. Leave thereafter. Obtain: Turtle Key (name chosen for obvious reasons) [ 039 Something of everything Room ] [ 000 Main Hall (ground level) ] [ 005 Graveyard ] [ 028 Gallery ] [ 027 Gallery Corridor ] Our friend the cloaked Hunter is still there, but he won't bother you as you unlock/enter the nearest door with the Turtle Key, which gets discarded soon enough. Phew, inventory's slowly freeing up... [ 041 Eerie Study ] ...and it gets clogged up again here. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr, somehow, this room gives me the creeps more than any other room in the mansion. Why? It's semidark, that window's so nicely opened, and the wind is cradling it back and forth so eerily. The camera perspectives are so subtle here, suggesting that if you turn on those lights, more than just the next item will appear... *shiver* Anyway, hit the desk and turn on the lamp. A shiny appears. Get out fast, and don't forget to pick up that nice little Defense Item on your way out. Pickup: Umbrella Crest 2 Part A, Taser [ 027 Gallery Corridor ] Wait a second until you hear mr. Hunter walk, then run straight ahead as he immediately jumps afterwards, opening up the path to the next area. [ 029 Exit Patio ] [ 100 Shed ] [ 105 Doggie Courtyard ] [ 106 Pool ] [ 107 Waterfall Courtyard ] Run to the back of the courtyard, awakening a Zombie Dog who might have a successful hit. Luckily, Dogs don't have strong attacks. Use: Battery Go up the 'new' elevator. [ 105 Doggie Courtyard ] [ 106 Pool ] Use: Square Crank [ 105 Doggie Courtyard ] [ 107 Waterfall Courtyard ] With the waterfall gone, you immediately spot a nice little cave - enter it, maybe hindered by a Doggie if you're somewhat unlucky. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Inside the cave is a ladder. Guess what now... ________________________________ Part Four: The Mining Complex ________________________________ [ 300 Typewriter Cave ] There's a door left of Jill from your point of view. Go in. [ 301 Static Rock Cave ] Nothing to do here, just one other exit. [ 302 Mining Elevator Cave ] Again, only one other exit. The shinies are Handgun Clips. That's good for the Handgun only Patch, if I ever get to writing it. [ 303 Enrico Cave ] Run along. It's a dead end - oh no, Enrico. Skip his cutscene, then examine-skip cutscene him to retrieve the *cue Carmina Burana* Pickup: Hexagonal Crank (Q: what is scarier: Tyrant or this piece of ....?) (A: Neither. Our trusty Hookshot from RE0 is the new winner) Hmm, let's keep the Carmina Burana playing throughout the cave area, shall we? Carrying two cursed items, Jill retreats and... bummer, a Hunter drops by. Ignore him - by the time he understands that you're not fighting him, Jill hits the doorknob. [ 302 Mining Elevator Cave ] [ 301 Static Rock Cave ] Two Hunters have stationed themselves here and normally, they'd be a royal pain. Not today, though. Jill runs as follows: left turn, stick to right wall, right clip to exit door. You'll hear a lot of squeaking and jumping (probably the Hunters cursing: "I *can't believe* we're demoted to *this*! We used to be fearless, finetuned killers, our very essence hunting, killing and most importantly, hurting things!" "I can't believe I jump *this high* and don't hit no thing! I'm soo hungry now *cries*!") in the back... [ 300 Typewriter Cave ] And we got back where we started. Run down the cave until you can access an Item Box. It's really time for some inventory management now. Drop the Square Crank and replace it with the Combat Knife. Your inventory looks like this now: Grenade Launcher (unequipped, two-three Acid Rounds loaded) Explosive Rounds Combat Knife (unequipped) Doom Book vol. 1 Doom Book vol. 2 Umbrella Crest 2 part A Hexagonal Crank Good. Now proceed along the cave until you meet this gaping chasm. There's a hexagonal hole to the left. Use: Hexagonal Crank This gives you access to the exit. [ 304 Boulder Cave ] Run up to the boulder, then return. The big spherical thing suddenly is set in motion. Flee, and duck to safety by turning left at the entrance clearing. BOOM! New exit unveiled. Go in. [ 305 Spider Cave ] Equip: Grenade Launcher Say hello to the mother eight legged freak. As soon as Jill's under your control, dent it real good with those Acid Rounds you have left, then switch to Explosive rounds. The advantage with this particular arachnid is the fact that it stands motionless for so long, allowing you to plug in a motherload. And of course, Jill is already facing the right direction, just aim a little to the right and you're guaranteed to hit this oversized target. Could you be hit by a charge attack? Maybe. Is that a problem? No, because the sucker is so huge that you can bump into its new position and thus enables you to take aim again. Shoot and wait for it to burst open to bare its offspring, which means you can stop wasting ammo and start slashing the webbings at the exit door. Unequip: Grenade Launcher Equip: Combat Knife You need to slash 6 times and a smaller Spider may attack once in the meantime, but it's pretty harmless. For those who don't trust this little foe and want to play it safe before taking on the webbed door, you can exit/reenter to make the smaller spider (and possibly a backup) disappear. Waste of time, though. Unequip: Combat Knife [ 306 Secret Room Boulder Cave ] Another strange crevace, another hexagonally shaped hole. Remember, Carmina Burana's *still* playing. Use: Hexagonal Crank Use: Hexagonal Crank Use: Hexagonal Crank This opens up a surprisingly well-hidden secret entrance, and another overgrown marble is launched for double score. Go for the secret entrance, and all shall be well. [ 307 Dastardly Puzzle Room ] The only thing you should watch out for is to not let Jill run voluntarily on the revolving pad at the center of the room - the consequences are very annoying for speed players. It's time for another mister Miyagi: Go to loose statue. Push statue to right until perspective change. Go to hexagonal hole. Mr. Miyagi hate hexagonal holes. They bad for cosmic balance. Use: Hexagonal Crank Push statue on revolving center. Push again on revolving center. Loose statue now face same direction as other statue. Finally push statue on pressure pad at back. Now two statues in harmony. Pickup: Cylinder Ring [ 306 Secret Room Boulder Cave ] [ 305 Spider Cave ] [ 304 Boulder Cave ] [ 300 Typewriter Cave ] Time to readjust the inventory. Drop the Combat Knife and the Hexagonal Crank, fetch the single FAS left in there (which you got from the start) - you now have: Grenade Launcher (unequipped, 4-6 Explosive Rounds) FAS Doom Book vol. 1 Doom Book vol. 2 Umbrella Crest 2 part A Cylinder Ring From this point forward, most inventory problems are over. Also notice how linear the mission has become. The Mansion area is the most taxing place to find the optimum path - after that, things get all too easy. Anyway... [ 301 Static Rock Cave ] Those two invisible Hunters are still whining over their inability to hunt, even when cloaked. Provide them nightmares as you pass them along the same path used earlier. [ 302 Mining Elevator Cave ] Dead ahead is a control panel. open it for an item. Fetch: Cylinder Core Combine: Cylinder Ring, Cylinder Core Obtain: Cylinder Use: Cylinder A combation is asked after that. I found it through trial and error: 4231. Proceed to the mining elevator and activate it. Barry will join you in a skip-scene. [ 308 Mining Facility ] A new skippable cutscene involves Barry asking you to check out the place. That surely is a deviation from the original - normally, Barry would frontline all the time. The new Barry suits better to this storyline, I guess. Anyway, there's a door closeby... [ 309 Lisa Tags Along Cave ] Run until you're facing a junction. Left or right, which to choose? Regardless of what you take, you'll always see Lisa marching up to you as soon as the perspective changes. So... move to your left, then 180 into the other direction. Run around until you see a stairway in front. Your cue to move Jill to the left and witness the apparition of a brandnew door. Head on in. [ 310 Mining Storage ] Proceed to the back of the area for part one of a short and simple box puzzle. As the perspective changes to something with a gauntlet of waterfalls in the background, shove the supply box once to your left, then eight times up. Activate the supply elevator and wait for the cutscene to end. [ 309 Lisa Tags Along Cave ] Go casually down the stairway, then the other way around to fool Lisa a second time. [ 308 Mining Facility ] Barry, you fool! Skip the cutscene and run along the wooden walkway until you can descend a ladder. Looks like the supply elevator arrived with part two of our short and simple box puzzle. Push the box to your left (no need to go all the way left, halt a little before the end), then up to drop it in the compressor bin, then activate the compressor. Smashing a piggy bank never was this much fun. Let's take a look at the treasure inside: Pickup: Broken Flamethrower You didn't expect it to be mint, now? NOTE: If you superglue Jill to the wall and slide her past the elevator, the Barry cutscene won't trigger. Since there's a realistic chance that you make a manoevering mistake and still trigger it, I'll only mention this as a note, rather than incorporating it into the shell of this walkthrough. Don't overpractice this - the time gain from evading the Barry cutscene is only a couple of seconds. [ 309 Lisa Tags Along Cave ] Go left and back to fool Lisa a final time. Along the way, you'll pull a lever to activate the unlocking mechanism of your next exit. Go hither and unlock. Use: Broken Flamethrower [ 311 Lisa's Playroom ] Interesting hobby... anyway, enjoy the sights as you wade through some water and reach a bedroom of sorts. There's something interesting there: Pickup: Trivial Jewel Box After that, climb the ladder, head left and climb another ladder. [ 104 Lisa's Shack ] [ 103 Outside Lisa's Shack ] [ 102 Crow-Magnum Pathway ] Zombies instead of Crows now, but they are as much an obstacle as were the Crows, ie. none. [ 101 Path of the Cerberi ] [ 100 Shed ] [ 029 Exit Patio ] Pickup: Umbrella Crest 1 [ 027 Gallery Corridor ] [ 028 Gallery ] [ 005 Graveyard ] [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] Go down the stairs to ground level, then turn left or right to explore the area under the staircase. At the center, you'll find a gate. Access the menu: Examine: Trivial Jewel Box Just turn it so you're staring directly onto the lid in order to open the box. Obtain: Umbrella Crest 2 part B Combine: Umbrella Crest 2 part A, Umbrella Crest 2 part B Obtain: Umbrella Crest 2 Use: Umbrella Crest 1 The first Crest slides into place. Access the Menu again: Use: Umbrella Crest 2 The second Crest is hereby installed. Now try to open the gate - Lisa'll alert you of her presence. Enter... [ 042 Going down? ] ...your descent into darkness... only one way here... NOTE: If this is your first time in Invisible Mode, it's HIGHLY recommended to save here, because invisible ms. Spencer is going to give you problems. You ought to have an Ink Ribbon with 3 slots handy in the nearby Item Box. Of course, veterans who are experienced with the Lisa strategy outlined below, won't have to save - which is necessary for a top time. [ 043 Crypt ] Still one way to go. Descend the ladder and skip the Barry cutscene. An important question will pop up, upon which you answer 'No'. It's payback time, Barry. Unfortunately, Lisa wants some payback, too. This final Lisa fight is the last breakpoint of the game. Everything beyond this is a mere formality - you'll soon know why. More of a test of hearing rather than fighting skills, you must make sure to stay away from Lisa at all costs whilst shoving those four heavy rock weights into the abyss around you. To be successful here, two important rules: 1) listen to the noises Lisa makes 2) when you run from one rock to the other, ALWAYS keep close to the coffin or be prepared to watch Jill fall off the platform for no apparent reason. (with the notable exception of the R1 <-> R2 path) The battle always starts like this: _____Gate____ |R1 R2| |_________ | Coffin | | _________| | | | |R4__ L __R3| |J | | | |Lad| |der| Jill begins at 'J', Lisa at 'L'. She's still a bit sedated from the cheap Barry kill, thus you're free to shove in rock R4 (requires 2 pushes from the right side). As you do, Lisa'll wake up and start walking towards you (you can't see it of course, but trust me on this). Turn right and run up to negate her, then make your way to R2 and shove it in as well (3 pushes from the left side it needs). Now one of two things may happen: (1) There's not a lot of response from Lisa. This means you've got all the time to push in R2. Do it, then run back to R3 - you'll pass Lisa in the process. If she hits you, she hits you - too bad, but don't worry about it too much. R3 needs a single push from above or 2 pushes from the left side. I'd push from above if I were you, then head on over to R1, which only requires a single shove from the right. Nothing much will happen from Lisa's side in the meantime, so victory's yours. (2) Either Lisa will accelerate (you can hear this as the clink-clank frequency of her shackles increases) or she'll jump (also distinctly audible). It should be fairly obvious to you that in this case, she'll be *real* close to you *real* soon. Retreat to R3 and give it a single shove from above. Move to R1, which needs a single push from the right side, and don't worry about any circumstantial hits. After that, Lisa should be close to you. So turn left and run down to get out of her way. Now dunk Jill against R2 and make every shove count (3 total). The only way Lisa could possibly get you now is if she's standing right next to you by the time you commence shoving. Which isn't the case. Too bad for her - at least she gets a nice skull trophy. Luckily, case (1) arises much more often than case (2), so the above strategy will win you the fight quite comfortably. Once you succeed, Lisa disappears into nothingness, leaving you free to collect Barry's legacy (it'll come in handy later on): Pickup: Magnum (6 rounds, now the Buddy System's yours) The gate in the back is open, so go through. It's time to seriously clean up the inventory. [ 044 Secret Laboratory Entrance ] Run until the perspective changes to a view of the entrance, which looks like a harmless pool. Go left of the screen until you can position Jill in front of an empty spot, adorned with 2 lions and some ornaments. Examine: Doom Book vol. 2 (the blue one) Turn the book as you would to open it. Turns out the volume is hollow. Obtain: Wolf Medal Use: Wolf Medal Now dilly-dally on to the other side of the pool to find another empty spot, same adornments. Do the same combo as before: Examine: Doom Book vol. 1 (the red one) Obtain: Eagle Medal Use: Eagle Medal A skippable cutscene drains the pool and opens up an entrance. Enter it and go down the stairway into an elevator. Activate it, then swap discs to continue. ____________________________________ Part Five: The Secret Laboratory ____________________________________ [ 400 Emergency Access ] Circle the area until you bump Jill into a ladder. Do go down. [ 401 B2F Halfway Room ] There's a typewriter here and an Item Box, but either of them are needed. Moving onto better things... [ 402 B2F Corridor ] Three Zombies guard the area but unfortunately for them, there's a lot of space for Jill. Stick to the railing on the right and count to four at the corner to lure Zombie number one and two towards their left onto the railing. Now pass along the other side. See how easy that was? Now go down the stairs - Zombie number three is climbing them on his left side and as such won't attack when you pass him along his right. And should he attack - he'll drop acid. Now I'm really scared. [ 403 B3F Corridor ] Equip: Grenade Launcher Burst into the corridor on the left immediately and open Grenade fire on the lone Zombie guarding it. It has to die here and now for things to come. Continue along this corridor and enter the first door you see. Unequip: Grenade Launcher [ 404 B3F Cryogenics Room ] There's an activated computer in there somewhere. Access it and unlock everything using the trinity JOHN/ADA/CELL. To speed the typing, keep in mind that the keyboard wraps. [ 403 B3F Corridor ] [ 402 B2F Corridor ] The three Zombies from before have regrouped in an even easier pattern. Head for the unlocked double doors, and keep in mind that there's a Zombie roaming the right wall. There's no way you'll be hit. [ 405 B2F Control Room ] Get the FAS in front of Jill. Pickup: FAS Now activate the locking mechanism on the nearby pillar. Punch in the magic code 8462 (begin with 8, take its half, then have six, take its third - simple) to gain access to the little control console. Pickup: Control Room Key [ 402 B2F Corridor ] [ 403 B3F Corridor ] Keep following the 'dead Zombie' corridor past the cryogenics room until you see a new set of double doors. Unlock/enter with the Control Room Key - unlocking the nearby door is a waste of time, and you don't have to worry about inventory space anyway. [ 406 Main Elevator Corridor ] Run up to the junction and turn right. Equip: Grenade Launcher Below the stairs, to your left, is a naked Zombie (of course you wouldn't know in Invisible Mode). Make sure it's dead, as can be judged by the pool of blood which appears out of nowhere. Unequip: Grenade Launcher Now head into the doors it was guarding. [ 407 Nitro Room ] Equip: Magnum Do exactly as follows. Turn right and run. The perspective changes, and you'll see an arrow on the floor indicating a pathway. Swiftly move onto the tip of the arrow, turn left, aim and shoot the Magnum. If done correctly, you just wasted a Sucker. He was the final obstacle in your masterscheme. If you don't hear a hit however, move forward and get the Sucker to drop on the ground. Bump into him, then unload your deadly weapon for the kill. Unequip: Magnum Run up to the power generator for the elevator. Unfortunately, it's out of juice and you need to refill. A little backtracking introduces itself. Pickup: Empty Nitro Cannister [ 406 Main Elevator Corridor ] [ 403 B3F Corridor ] As you sightsee through the 'dead Zombie' tunnel, you'll notice a set of double doors at the back - that's the next stop. [ 408 Prison Corridor ] You'll need to take the first door on the right. [ 409 Refueling Area ] A naked Zombie awaits, diagonally to Jill's right. Equip: Grenade Launcher Blast it, and blast it good. You should be out of Grenade Rounds by now. Unequip: Grenade Launcher Go to the refueling unit (quite visible) and examine it to get your Empty Nitro Cannister refueled. Now would come the most boring part of the walkthrough: You'd have to WALK all the way back to elevator's power generator. I think Capcom built this in especially for us speed players. Obtain: Filled Nitro Cannister Luckily, there's a way to partially run to the Nitro Room and finish this part of the game much quicker than before. Here's the strategy: .1. You can reach the B3F Corridor whilst still running normally, but you have to be very careful about the following: do NOT let go of the Run button as you want to press the Action button to exit through a door. That's a big no-no. .2. In the B3F Corridor and all following areas, do the following: run two steps and STOP RUNNING BEFORE JILL PUTS DOWN HER FOOT AT THE SECOND STEP. Now walk one step, and repeat. So what you get is this: Run-Step-Step*/Walk-Step/Run-Step-Step*/Walk-step/etc... The asterisk * means: STOP RUNNING BEFORE JILL PUTS DOWN HER FOOT and completes the second step. This strategy should work once you've got the hang of it, and you'll clear this part of the game MUCH faster than usual. I recommend saving in a nearby save room before attempting this and practice a bit. Once you got the hang of it, you can try it during a 'serious' speed run. It would be a shame to see all your hard work up to this point go to waste because of a timing mistake here. [ 408 Prison Corridor ] [ 403 B3F Corridor ] [ 406 Main Elevator Corridor ] [ 407 Nitro Room ] Examine the power generator to place the Filled Nitro Cannister. Finally, we may run again. And that you shall - quickly scramble to the one other exit. [ 410 Power Control Corridor ] Suckers pop up everywhere, but you just run and won't ever get hurt. [ 411 Power Control ] Same here, just run until you see a console worked into the center unit. Activate the power control switch, then get out of there before the Suckers catch up (they won't). [ 410 Power Control Corridor ] [ 407 Nitro Room ] [ 406 Main Elevator Corridor ] Hey, no more Zombie in the back all of a sudden. Go check out what happened, and push the main elevator switch while you're at it. A little line of text later, you're going down... [ 412 B4F Laboratory Corridor ] Nothing here. Really. [ 413 B4F Laboratory ] Skip - Skip - Skip to avoid the lengthy Wesker-unmasqued, Introducing-the-Tyrant and Wesker-hurt-really-really-bad cutscenes. We end up with Jill looking at the white of Invisible Tyrant's eyes, hahaha. But the poor guy doesn't know how fast she's about to dragon kick him into the ceiling. Equip: Magnum Aim, would you, then pull the trigger. BOOM! Thanks to the .44 calibre, Tyrant goes down! Now how many shots with *this* weapon did Barry need against that single Zombie at the start again? Man, that must've been *some* Zombie. Unequip: Magnum So how was that for a final battle against the head meanie? Was it as good for you as it was to me? Now hurry to Wesker's corpse and search for a vital item in his vicinity. Pickup: Master Key This little trinket will ensure your escape. One more step to do before leaving the complex: at the back of the room is a computer console which unlocks the exit doors. Activate it, then leave. Remember, there's a semisecret passageway through the middle of the room. ____________________________________ Part Six: The Great Escape ____________________________________ [ 412 B4F Laboratory Corridor ] [ 406 Main Elevator Corridor ] [ 403 B3F Corridor ] [ 402 B2F Corridor ] There's a tricky bit here, but you should get around it. Move up the stairs, then turn left and hugwalk the right walk to evade a Zombie roaming the hallway. Then perform a wide arc, still close to the right wall to evade the final Zombie of the day. If you get hit, there might still be a Defense Item, the FAS, or nothing. It doesn't matter anymore. [ 401 B2F Halfway Room ] [ 400 Emergency Access ] Unlock/enter the Emergency Escape route thanks to the Master Key. [ 414 Emergency Escape Route ] Move aaaaaaaaall the way down, halted just once by Brad, who really needs to go to the bathroom now. At some point, you can pick up a nifty little item... Pickup: Battery Then it's the end of the road. You're stuck with this big emergency elevator and an opening to the right of the screen. Oh, what to do? Simon says: Use: Battery Voila. Get into the emergency elevator, stat. [ 415 Helipad ] Time to put out the lights. Pickup: Flare And switch on the flares. Use: Flare Victory! Once you've entered the final command, skip everything until you hear Wesker approve of Jill's excellent performance. Goodies? Well, ... YOUR REWARDS FOR COMPLETING INVISIBLE MODE: They're pretty bogus, but enjoyable. First, you'll get a nice 'funny' picture, congratulating you for doing something insane. Then, there will be 2 options available: One, you can read a message from the producer, mister Mikami - unfortunately, in the Japanese version, his text is written in Kanji and I can make head nor tail from it. I said I'd really appreciate it if someone could send me a link to the translation, well... someone did, and now I've been able to read what the producer had to say. To be honest, I kind of expected that sort of text, but it's good to see it in black and white. Thanks again, Nathan! Two, you get to see a bucketload of costume designs that never made it for Chris, Jill, Wesker and Rebecca. Some of these were really nice and should've been put in instead of the ones we now have. I, for one, would've GREATLY enjoyed Karate Chris. Oh well. We still have Snowboarder Chris, and that outfit is just hilarious when he's talking with Wesker. "Hey, Wesker, check out *these* sunglasses." "They're nice, but don't let them get to your head." "Sorry, they already did *rimshot*. Mwaha!" Anyway, let's talk statistics. First time around, you should have a nice 1:50 there, so congratulations! Now, as you repeat the experience, you'll notice that the better you know the guide by heart, the quicker you'll start to move through the mansion. Minute after minute will be shaved off, until you reach the limit, which currently stands at around 1:37, nicely within 100 minutes. Or you beat my time, 'cause I suck at using the GameCube controller ;). I'll try to improve the time of course, but this'll mean I'll have to find some substantial shortcuts - skill alone won't shave off 5 minutes here. So now you come in. Should you have a tip or trick which speeds the game (remember - Jill, Invisible Mode, Normal difficulty) and isn't mentioned here, let me know. I'll check it out and if it works, fit it into the latest version, properly credited of course. For the time being, this is the best I can do. I've only been playing the game for a few months, so I'm not sure if 1:37 in Invisible Mode (Normal difficulty, no cheat weapons like the rocket launcher) can be considered 'fast'. .06 Hard difficulty patch (including Real Survivor Notes). .Preface. This neat little patch, available as of the beta version, will give you all the details necessary to clear Invisible mode in Hard difficulty. The main difference between Hard and Normal are the items - in Hard, you don't get a lot of 'good stuff', such as healing items, or ammo. Grenade rounds are extremely rare this time around, so we won't be able to get by with just the Launcher. Luckily, the game itself gave me a clue on how to solve the situation. The only source of Acid Rounds is Barry, and he'll only hand it out if you let him save Jill whilst getting the Shotgun (you conveniently 'forgot' to seek out and use the Broken Shotgun again, didn't you?). So in Hard, you'll be using the Shotgun most of the time with Launcher support against Plant 42, Snake and the giant Spider. By the time you get Flamers, you already have the Magnum, making them pretty void. Either way, because of all this, you need more time to complete the game - about 9-10 minutes, to be exact. The walkthrough below is no-spoiler and no-nonsense - I only show the sequence of where you have to go and what you have to do there, going into more detail if there's a real difference between the patch and the core walkthrough. All the rest remains the same as described above. Because I skip a lot of stuff, it's hard to talk about equipping/unequipping weapons at the appropriate time. Rule of thumb: equip weapon right before an unavoidable fight, unequip right after it. I could've made this into a separate FAQ, simply copy/pasting the stuff from this FAQ, but unlike certain other FAQ authors, I don't care about how many kBytes all my texts add up to. I only care about making quality guides that help you rather than quantity guides. By virtue of the same reasoning, I also included Real Survivor Notes. Again, this could've been made into a FAQ of its own, but in my opinion, the differences between it and the Hard patch are too small to warrant such a thing. The notes can be recognized as follows: >>>RSN: blablabla <<< (RSN standing for Real Survivor Notes) ...anyway, let's get it on. My personal best so far: 1:46. Real Survivor: 1:47. These times stand as of the epsilon version. .Patch text. [[ JILL INVISIBLE MODE HARD DIFFICULTY ]] .01 The Mansion. [ 004 Spear Corridor ] Pickup: Arrow, Clip [ 005 Graveyard ] Examine: Arrow Obtain: Arrow Head Use: Arrow Head Pickup: Book of Swords Examine: Book of Swords Obtain: Sword Key At this point, Normal and Hard diverge. Instead of going for the Armor Key straight away, it is better to get the Shotgun and Acid Rounds while we're still in the east mansion area. >>>RSN: you MUST go to room 001 [Dining Room 1st floor] and unlock the second exit door (all the way down the staircase) with the Sword Key. Then, go to room 000 [Main Hall 1st floor] and unlock the door on the opposite side before continuing as in Hard. This because you need to dispose of the Sword Key asap.<<< [ 016 East Wing Dog Patio ] Pickup: Chemical [ 015 East Wing Ground Level Corridor) ] [ 045 Shotgun Trap Room ] [ 046 Shotgun Room ] Pickup: Dagger (Defense Item), Shotgun [ 045 Shotgun Trap Room ] A trap! Skip cutscene, 180, check door, 180, run to other door, check it, 180 and run to start the cutscene with Barry. [ 015 East Wing Ground Level Corridor) ] [ 027 Gallery Corridor ] [ 025 Storage Hall ] This still is tricky. Schematic: ________ _____ | Z | | ___o| | | | x| You're at the 'x' and need to reach the door at the 'o', but on position 'Z', there's the sleeper Zombie. I think it's fairly obvious how you *should* run, but the problem is that space is really cramped, and the Zombie *will* get you if you don't SUPERGLUE Jill into the wall on the right. You MUST do a very sharp turn without getting stuck, or you'll lose a Defense Item (and precious seconds). [ 026 Storage Room ] Go to the item box. Ditch: Combat Knife, Shotgun Your inventory should look like this: Handgun (unequipped, 15 Bullets) Handgun Clip (1 clip, 15 Bullets) Sword Key Chemical >>>RSN: Ditch the Sword Key instead of the Shotgun. Your inventory will look like this: Handgun, Handgun Clip, Shotgun, Chemical.<<< [ 025 Storage Hall ] It's easy to evade the Zombie and climb the stairs. On top of the stairs, turn right and fix Jill to the left wall. The perspective will change, and a Zombie will be making its way to her. Stop a bit before the edge of the wall and wait for a lunge attack (it does one 75% of the time), then go around it in a wide circle to exit. [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] [ 007 East Wing Library ] Pickup: Lighter, Dog Whistle, Handgun Clip [ 006 East Wing 1st Floor Corridor ] The Zombies are positioned differently because of the new route. The first nearby Zombie is still in the same place however, so stick Jill to the left wall to evade it, then go around the bend. See the double doors? Zombie number two is slowly arching towards them. Keep Jill at her left and she should be fine. [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] Obtain: Acid Rounds (thank you Barry!) Here, Normal and Hard become similar again. [ 009 West Wing Dog Patio ] Use: Dog Whistle Pickup: Dog Collar [ 010 Trap Corridor ] Pickup: Armor Key Examine: Dog Collar Obtain: Imitation Armor Key Use: Imitation Armor Key [ 011 Forest Patio ] Pickup: Dagger (Defense Item), Grenade Launcher [ 017 Serum Room ] Proceed to the item box. After the Doggies and Zombiecleaning the area outside, you don't need the Handgun anymore - instead, let's put that Shotgun to good use. With only two Zombies to clean, 3 shells should be MORE than enough. Ditch: Handgun, Handgun Clip (should you still have one), Sword Key, Acid Rounds Fetch: Shotgun Pickup: Serum Your inventory now looks like this: Shotgun (unequipped, 6 Shells) Grenade Launcher (unequipped, 6 Explosive Rounds) Armor Key Lighter Chemical Serum >>>RSN: Ditch Handgun, the possible Handgun Clip and Acid Rounds, then pick up the Serum. Your inventory will look the same as above.<<< [ 019 Greenhouse ] Use: Chemical Pickup: Skull 1 [ 001 Dining Room (ground level) ] Pickup: Emblem As you return to Richard on your way to the next target, he'll be saved. [ 021 Candle Room ] Use: Lighter Pickup: Music Notes A [ 022 Music Room ] Pickup: Music Notes B Combine: Music Notes A, Music Notes B Use: Music Notes Pickup: Gold Emblem Use: Emblem [ 001 Dining Room (ground level) ] Use: Gold Emblem Puzzle: Grandfather clock - set the time to 6 o'clock (left-right, left-right). Pickup: Shield Key [ 023 Attic ] Don't get poisoned. Pickup: Skull 2 [ 024 Armory ] Puzzle time. Just push the armors in sequence (1,2,3) as shown on below schematic: x 1 b 2 3 Pickup: PushButton Jewel Box [ 028 Gallery ] Note that we didn't pay a visit to the storage. It isn't worth the trip because of the lack of Flame Rounds. Press the button below paintings 1, 4 and 5, then hit the button of the final painting to open up a pathway. Pickup: Skull 3 [ 005 Graveyard ] Use: Skull 2 Examine: PushButton Jewel Box Obtain: Skull 4 Use: Skull 4 Use: Skull 1 Use: Skull 3 Werewolf fight: First, use a single round from the Grenade Launcher to drop the Werewolf, then use the remaining shells in your Shotgun (3 or 4) to finish him off. Pickup: Umbrella Crest 1 Unequip: Grenade Launcher [ 029 Exit Patio ] Use: Umbrella Crest 1 [ 100 Shed ] Pickup: Taser (Defense Item), Shotgun Shells, FAS >>>RSN: Don't pick up the FAS yet. You'll need it later.<<< [ 101 Path of the Cerberi ] Puzzle: set wind dials to West (W) and North (N) respectively. [ 104 Lisa's Shack ] Pickup: Square Crank (...) Go to the item box. Ditch: Armor Key, Lighter, Shotgun Shells Now 'ditch' the Shotgun in the Shotgun Shells slot to reload it. Neat little trick. Your inventory should look like this: Shotgun (unequipped, 6 Shells) Grenade Launcher (unequipped, 5 Explosive Rounds) Square Crank FAS >>>RSN: Your inventory will look like the above, minus the FAS.<<< [ 106 Pool ] Use: Square Crank .02 The Guardhouse. [201 Guardhouse Rec Room] Pickup: Red Book >>>RSN: This time, we can NOT afford to lose health to the vine in room 200 [Guardhouse Corridor], so shove the crate over the hole on the right so that you can evade the stranglehold via the crates. It's slower, but we need to stay in Fine condition.<<< [ 204 Room 002 Bathroom ] Pickup: Room 001 Key [ 206 Room 001 Bathroom ] Pickup: Power Room Key >>>RSN: As a safekeeper for Plant 42, get the Green Herb in room 207 [Up-the-wall-driving Box Puzzle Corridor]. Don't be tempted by the Red Herb in the Gallery, unless it's *absolutely* necessary.<<< [ 209 Power Room ] Puzzle: investigate white board, memorize number. Schematic: ________________ D Panel1 e Pa s ne k l2 Panel3 ____ _________ E Va x lv i es t____________ Hit panel2, hit Panel3, then hit Panel1. Shutters fail to go down entirely. Go to the valves and hit the number corresponding to the number on the white board. Repeat the Panel3-Panel1 combo, then Panel2 to drain. Solve this puzzle completely before lil'miss "Fressure Freshold" aka "Locking all Fours" announces 70%. [ 211 Drained Facility ] Pickup: Gallery Key [ 213 Gallery ] Pickup: Insecticide Spray [ 202 Bee Corridor ] Use: Insecticide Spray [ 213 Gallery ] Pickup: Room 003 Key [ 214 Room 003 ] Fetch: White Book Equip: Grenade Launcher Use: Red Book [ 215 Plant 42 ] WEEDWHACKIN' TIME! Run up the stairway, let Plant 42 unfold her core, plug in two Explosive Rounds. She'll close up, after which you run up the down the upper lane while waiting until she re-opens. The third Explosive Round will trigger a cutscene, after which you wait again for a fold and re-open, then let her have it with your final two Explosive Rounds. Pickup: Helmet Key Unequip: Grenade Launcher Use: FAS [ 106 Pool ] Watch out for the invisible Slidingworms! Schematic: | J| | |____ | | |x___ | | x| Pool | | L | [ 100 Shed ] Pickup: Dagger Your inventory should look as follows: Grenade Launcher (unequipped, empty) Shotgun (unequipped, 6 shells) Square Crank Helmet Key .03 The Mansion Returneth. [ 031 Trap Room ] Pickup: Doom Book no. 1 [ 036 Utility Room ] Pickup: Battery, Taser (Defense Item) [ 017 Serum Room ] Go to the item box, and try to 'ditch' the Grenade Launcher into the Acid Rounds slot. This will reload the Launcher. Also fetch a FAS. Your inventory now looks like this: Grenade Launcher (unequipped, 6 Acid Rounds) Shotgun (unequipped, 6 shells) Square Crank Helmet Key Doom Book no. 1 Battery FAS >>>RSN: Aren't you glad we ditched those Acid Rounds here way back? As a bonus, the item box in room 017 [Serum Room] contains a FAS. So no difference with the Hard Patch thanks to good planning.<<< [ 037 Library ] The fight here is exactly the same as in Normal Difficulty, thanks to Barry. Don't waste more than 4 Acid Rounds. Pickup: Doom Book vol. 2 Unequip: Grenade Launcher Use: FAS [ 038 Stuffed Animal Room ] Pickup: Red Jewel [ 040 Mirror Room ] Pickup: Jigsaw Puzzle Jewel Box Combine: Red Jewel, Jigsaw Puzzle Jewel Box Jigsaw puzzle: place the biggest piece without rotation, then work down in size. Obtain: Turtle Key (name chosen for obvious reasons) [ 041 Eerie Study ] Pickup: Umbrella Crest 2 Part A, Taser >>>RSN: Now you can get the FAS inside room 100 [Shed], effectively filling up Jill's inventory.<<< [ 107 Waterfall Courtyard ] Use: Battery [ 106 Pool ] Use: Square Crank .04 The Mining Complex. [ 303 Enrico Cave ] Pickup: Hexagonal Crank (AAAARH!) [ 300 Typewriter Cave ] Go to the item box. Ditch: Square Crank, Umbrella Crest 2 part A Fetch: Combat Knife Your inventory now looks like this: Grenade Launcher (unequipped, 2 Acid Rounds) Shotgun (unequipped, 6 Shells) Combat Knife (unequipped) Doom Book vol. 1 Doom Book vol. 2 Hexagonal Crank Use: Hexagonal Crank Pickup: Green Herb >>>RSN: Also ditch the FAS. You don't have the Combat Knife at this point.<<< [ 305 Spider Cave ] SPIDER! First, warm it up with those 2 Acid Rounds you have left, then switch to the Shotgun. 4 to 6 Shells should be enough to send it to its maker. After that, exit/reenter for an empty room because this time, you need to spare your health. Slash the webbings on the opposite door 6 times to get through. >>>RSN: Fight the Spider, exit/reenter, then get the Combat Knife in this room, near to where your foe appeared, then proceed as usual.<<< [ 306 Secret Room Boulder Cave ] Use: Green Herb Use: Hexagonal Crank Use: Hexagonal Crank Use: Hexagonal Crank Pickup: FAS (in medicinal kit after second boulder went on a rampage) >>>RSN: No need to pick up the FAS, unless you enjoy the comfort of many healing items.<<< [ 307 Dastardly Puzzle Room ] Go to loose statue. Push statue to right until perspective change. Go to hexagonal hole. Use: Hexagonal Crank Push statue on revolving center. Push again on revolving center. Loose statue now face same direction as other statue. Finally push statue on pressure pad at back. Now two statues in harmony. Pickup: Cylinder Ring [ 300 Typewriter Cave ] Go to the item box. Ditch: Combat Knife, Grenade Launcher, Hexagonal Crank Fetch: Umbrella Crest 2 part A Your inventory now looks like this: Shotgun (unequipped, 0-2 Shells left) Medicinal Kit (with FAS) Doom Book vol. 1 Doom Book vol. 2 Umbrella Crest 2 part A Cylinder Ring >>>RSN: Fetch the FAS you left behind in addition to the Umbrella Crest 2 part A. Your inventory will look as above, except that 'Medicinal Kit' is replaced with 'FAS'. After this, Real Survivor mode is identical to the Hard Patch.<<< [ 302 Mining Elevator Cave ] Fetch: Cylinder Core Combine: Cylinder Ring, Cylinder Core Obtain: Cylinder Use: Cylinder [ 310 Mining Storage ] Part one of simple box puzzle: left once, then eight times up, activate supply elevator. [ 308 Mining Facility ] Part two of simple box puzzle: 9 times to your left, then up to drop, activate compressor. Pickup: Broken Flamethrower [ 309 Lisa Tags Along Cave ] Go left and back to fool Lisa. Pull the lever along your path. Use: Broken Flamethrower (on hinges near exit door) [ 311 Lisa's Playroom ] Pickup: Trivial Jewel Box [ 100 Shed ] Pickup: Shells [ 029 Exit Patio ] Pickup: Umbrella Crest 1 [ 000 Main Hall (1st floor) ] Examine: Trivial Jewel Box Obtain: Umbrella Crest 2 part B Combine: Umbrella Crest 2 part A, Umbrella Crest 2 part B Obtain: Umbrella Crest 2 Use: Umbrella Crest 1 Use: Umbrella Crest 2 [ 043 Crypt ] The Lisa Fight hasn't changed. Schematic: _____Gate____ |R1 R2| |_________ | Coffin | | _________| | | | |R4__ L __R3| |J | | | |Lad| |der| As a reminder, the sequence: R4 (from right, 2x) R2 (from left, 3x) R3 (from top, 1x) R1 (from right, 1x) Pickup: Magnum (6 rounds) [ 044 Secret Laboratory Entrance ] Examine: Doom Book vol. 2 (the blue one) Obtain: Wolf Medal Use: Wolf Medal Examine: Doom Book vol. 1 (the red one) Obtain: Eagle Medal Use: Eagle Medal .05 The Secret Laboratory. [ 403 B3F Corridor ] Kill the lone zombie in the corridor with the remaining two Shells in your Shotgun, then reload it with those 6 Shells you have left. Make sure the Zombie is dead. [ 404 B3F Cryogenics Room ] Computer: JOHN/ADA/CELL. Keyboard wraps. [ 405 B2F Control Room ] Pickup: Control Room Key [ 406 Main Elevator Corridor ] Kill the Naked Zombie with the Shotgun. Make sure it's dead. [ 407 Nitro Room ] Kill the Sucker with the Magnum. Make sure it's dead. Pickup: Empty Nitro Cannister [ 409 Refueling Area ] Kill the Zombie with 1-2 Shells from your Shotgun. Make sure it's dead. Obtain: Filled Nitro Cannister Use the Run-Step-Step*/Walk-Step technique to get to the next target. Remember, the * means: STOP RUNNING BEFORE JILL PUTS DOWN HER FOOT and completes the second step. [ 407 Nitro Room ] Examine the power generator to place the Filled Nitro Cannister. Jill may run again. [ 411 Power Control ] Activate the power control switch. [ 413 B4F Laboratory ] This is identical to Normal difficulty. Equip: Magnum Erase: Tyrant Unequip: Magnum Pickup: Master Key Unlock the exit at the PC console at the back, then get outta there. Remember, there's a semisecret passageway through the middle of the room. .06 The Great Escape. [ 414 Emergency Escape Route ] Pickup: Battery Use: Battery [ 415 Helipad ] Pickup: Flare Use: Flare And you're done! Yes sirree, Invisible Mode on Hard difficulty is history! Personal best: 1:46, which isn't too shabby, if I may say so myself. >>>RSN: Personal best on Real Survivor: 1:47, mainly due to the Sword Key hassle at the start.<<< .07 Closing words. And that wraps up the current version of The Jill Guide Spectacular. I truly hope you somewhat enjoyed reading this, as I've tried to make this both a quality and entertaining guide with which you should be able to master Jill in every possible way (no, not like *that*, sheesh). If you have questions/comments/flames, send me an email [ vip(at)padua.org ]. Okay... so, what's gonna happen in the future? Here are the projects I wish to do in the future: Project 1: Silent Hill 2 I'm currently in the process of writing a speed guide for this marvelous horror title, which got shoved aside because of Devil May Cry. It's going to be a speed guide, but unlike the one currently available on GameFAQs, it will cover Normal and Hard difficulty, as they are not like Easy and Beginner at all. If tempted, I might try a Tenstar ranking guide. Knowing the requirements is easy, but actually doing them might be difficult, don't know it yet at this point. Project 2: Devil May Cry As I already said at the beginning, this is by far the best action game to date. I've been playing this since its release in Europe and got the superior NTSC version shortly afterwards, because I was hooked. So much in fact, that I've beaten this game silly. Here's what I did so far, in chronological sequence: * S ranking on all difficulties (normal, hard, dmd (dante must die)) * Special Bonus for each mission in normal * Special Bonus for each mission (except mission 3 and 7) in hard * Special Bonus for each mission (except mission 3, 7 and 22) in dmd * Perfect Run: Special Bonus for each mission, all blue orb pieces collected, all Secret Missions done. * Time attack: 55 minutes (requires the use of items, unfortunately) * Handgun/Force Edge walkthrough in normal: playtested for Oak's guide * Starting from scratch (no abilities learnt) in hard mode * Starting from scratch (no abilities learnt) in dmd As you can see, I've been *breathing* Devil May Cry for months. Of these, I can't share the Perfect Run with you (because it'll be available commercially in the future), but Time Attack and the Starting from scratch in hard/dmd might be interesting. So expect one of these in the near future - I definately want it out before Devil May Cry 2 hits the world, because I KNOW I won't be playing anything else once it's here. Project 3: Resident Evil: Director's Cut I once vowed to myself that I would write something special for each RE game (except for spin-offs such as the Gun Survivors). With RE:0 coming soon, I must get something out for the Director's Cut soon. Three options arise: either a Jill knife guide, in which I just wanna complete the Jill game with only the Combat Knife (this is still in progress), a 1:30 guide for Jill or a 1:40 guide with Chris (both completed in the past). Of the three, I'll probably take the last one, because I've been seeing too much of Jill lately (not that that's a bad thing, but I just need a little time off... I'm sure she'll agree ;). Project 4: The Chris Guide Spectacular (RE:GC) Chris's game's a lot harder than Jill's. So what if his end times are slower than his colleague's, at least it's more challenging, and thus he deserves a Guide Spectacular, which will follow the same structure as this guide, and I'm sure Real Survivor will be a lot more here than just some notes in the Hard Patch. Hopefully, I'll have the time to do it. Projects to come: Resident Evil Zero and Devil May Cry 2 Well, duhh! Once these babies come out, I'll be there to cover them. Resident Evil Zero because it's a good Resident Evil episode and Devil May Cry 2 because... well, did you see the video fragments? It looks as stunning as the first part. If the developers kept gameplay at the same level as its predecessor, then this'll be another monster hit. Older Projects: Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy 7 I always mentioned these projects in earlier FAQs: a 6:00 guide for Final Fantasy 7 and a 1:30 guide for Vagrant Story. But the chances of these being written are getting smaller and smaller. When you are working in real life and only have six to ten hours a week to play (when lucky), you are forced to focus on the most important things. And in my life, that's survival horror (or Devil May Cry), so these titles are being pushed back. *If* I ever have time, and that's a big *if*, I'll do them. Don't get your hopes up, however... *sigh* ... finally, the obligatory greetings: My family, Nadine, Frank, Tim, Stijn, Koen, Bart, Gert, Peter, Griet, Geert, Els, Jo, Frank Michlick, Frank Glaser, Joerg Kraut, Ives Brabant, Geert Verschueren, Fredrik, Marco, Yariv, my former colleague-students at LUC/KUL, my fraternities Filii Lamberti and Wina, JR Kerr, Aya Brea, Xbow, Jeff and everyone at Marvel Unlimited (Ki-Rin, Munin, Eris, Blythe, Breath, Jack, Tigra, Ayden, Lani, Ororo, Thom, ...). And that's about all I wanted to say. Thank you very much for reading, and always remember: Better a quality FAQ than a quantity FAQ. Cheers, VMerken, 020915. .08 FAQ Repertoire. Here's a list of all the FAQs I've written in case you have one of these games and wish to play it in a somewhat 'different' way. The list will be shown and updated in any future FAQ. Game Genre Resident Evil 1:17 Speed Guide (Jill) Resident Evil 2 1:15 Speed Guide (Leon A) Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Handgun Only Guide Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Knife Only - 100% Kill Resident Evil: Code Veronica 2:30 Speed Guide (unoptimized) Resident Evil: Game Cube Guide Spectacular (Jill) Silent Hill 1:00 Speed Guide Silent Hill 2 Normal & Hard mode Speed Guide (0:55/1:02) Parasite Eve 2 0:55 Speed Guide Alone In The Dark 4 Speed Guide (Aline 1:15, Edward 1:30) .09 Disclaimer. Resident Evil: Game Cube is (c)2002 by Capcom. This entire text was written by Vincent Merken. All rights reserved. This document is hosted by GameFAQs, thus only CJayC has the right to display it. 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