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Silent Hill 3 [Beta / Unused – PS2 / PC]

Silent hill 3 is a third-person survival horror game developed for the PlayStation 2 and PC by Konami and later released in HD on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Here is a list of the following unused beta textures and sounds found on the PC game disk of SH3.

1) Closer monsters have an unused climbing animation.

2) Nurses have an unused animation that shows the nurses attacking upside down from the ceiling.

3) Unused Baby crying sound

4 & 5)  Unused photo: Found only as a texture, it was originally meant to be in Heathers inventory, found in the apartment. In addtion to the unused photo there is some unused text attached to the photo, text only seen when the player examines said item:

“It’s of Dad and me at Christmas. Looking at this makes me want to try even harder. I have to…I can’t lose. They killed my dad and they have to pay for it.”

6) Finally there is an unused level. While only seen in the video below this article, it shows the level to be unfinished. Orignally meant to be part of the Mall?

Source of the quote and additnal information: http://silenthill.wikia.com/wiki/Silent_Hill_3_Secrets_and_Unlockables

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Jackal [Wii – Prototype]

In 2009, images about an undisclosed project for Wii appeared on 3d artist Eric Testroete’ site. The pictures resemble very closely a 3d rendition of Konami old military game Jackal released in 1986 in the arcades. In light of Konami revival of its older franchises on Wii under the Rebirth brand-name ( Contra, Castlevania, Gradius ) a new Jackal could have been in the card. Too bad it seems the project never went further than that working prototype.

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TwinBee Miracle [PSX – Cancelled]

TwinBee Miracle is a cancelled RPG that was in development for the original Playstation. TwinBee Miracle was supposed to be the first “next-gen” iteration of the well-known, at least in Japan, Konami shoot’em up series. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about the game apart that is was a 2d turn-based jrpg and that it was scheduled to be released on Psx in 1996 for the 10th year anniversary of TwinBee. A TwinBee RPG got out in japan in 1998, but it was a completely different game.

A video of Twinbee Miracle appeared in a 1995 V-jump tape and Arron was able to get a copy of it and to upload the footage on Youtube!

Thanks to Defunct Games for a bigger scan of  the”Nov 1995 Die Hard Game Fan” magazine and to Youloute for “Consoles+ 49 – December 1995” magazine scan!

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Sparkster [Genesis – Beta]

Sparkster is a platform game developed by Konami and released for Genesis in 1994. It is the sequel of the well-known Rocket Knight Adventures.

Below we can see some beta screenshots of the first and the second stage. In particular, originally the background of the wood section of the former was the sea and not the trees found in the final version. Sparkster’s portrait in the HUD was changed too.

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker [Beta – PSP]

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker was developed by Konami and Kojima Productions, released in 2010 for the PSP. Few info about the beta version are available thanks to Ravi Singh of The Snake Soup:

Around April 8, 2010 Kinsoku Jiko from The Snake Soup forums used the program CodePR to dig data from the Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker TGS 2009 demo. While weapons and items that would be seen in the final game were found such as Pepsi and Huey’s Letter, left-over artifacts from Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus were found such as the Heart of Justice item.

Recently Ravi Singh has found material posted by Kojima Productions on their blog that is from a build of Peace Walker made prior to the first demo release. Of interest are the different HUDs (including one that is exactly the same as Portable Ops Plus), a different graphic damage meter and what looks like either an item or gameplay feature that allows the player to see the enemy more clearly. There is also a mock-up of what the beta graphic damage meter looked like in action as an animated gif image.

Blog posts are http://ameblo.jp/kp-blogcast/entry-10598028071.html and http://ameblo.jp/kp-blogcast/entry-10591306201.html

Thanks to Ravi Singh of The Snake Soup for the contribution!

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