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The Space Sheriff Spirits (宇宙刑事魂 Uchū Keiji Tamashii?, lit. "Space Detective Spirit"), is an action game for the PlayStation 2. This game is based on the popular Japanese live-action TV series Space Sheriff trilogy produced by the famous Toei Company. The three seasons were directed by Hattori Kazuyasu and Yoshiaki Kobayashi, and were named Space Sheriff Gavan (宇宙刑事ギャバン Uchū Keiji Gyaban?, 1982-83), Space Sheriff Sharivan (宇宙刑事シャリバン Uchū Keiji Shariban?, 1983-84) and Space Sheriff Shaider (宇宙刑事シャイダー Uchū Keiji Shaidā?, 1984-85). This series helped the Metal Heroes genre to grow popular in Japan in the '80s. The Space Sheriff trilogy was quickly exported in European countries, such as France since 1982 (the series was renamed X-OR), Asia (including Indonesia, Malaysia and most notably Philippines) and Latin America (Brazil). The game was simultaneously released on May 25, 2006 in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Weekly Famitsu rated it 21/40.
Play as Retsu Ichijoji (Gavan), and as Kojiro Aoyama in two stages, in this story mode based on the Space Sheriff Gavan TV series. The plot is followed by stills taken from the most important episodes. The player has the ability to pick up and throw items in this game mode.
Mission 1 (episode 1 of the series)
Battle Royale Mode
In this Versus mode, the user selects one of the playable characters, within the heroes side, and fights against a CPU controller villain in a single-round deadly fight. Small variations are offered in this mode, like the ability to select an ally or, to fight versus either a single or a couple of ennemies. The player has the ability to pick up and throw items in this game mode too.
1P vs CPU2
1P vs CPU2 + CPU3
1P + CPU1 vs CPU2
1P + CPU1 vs CPU2 + CPU3
Survival Mode (extra)
The player select one, of the five available characters, and have to defeat 999 villains, including bosses appearing in the Gavan Mode. CPU controlled allies from the two story modes will briefly join the fight and help the player. Exceptionally, this mode is a single-stage one, located on the parallel world, also no items can be used by the player. Beating this mode will unlock videos in the Omake Mode.
Retsu Ichijoji (Gavan)
Den Iga (Sharivan)
Dai Sawamura (Shaider)
This theater mode contains five unlockable original TV commercials broadcasted in Japan in the '80s. An extra "Making of 宇宙刑事魂" 2006 footage is also selectable once unlocked.
Gavan action figure 006P, Popy, TV commercial (unlockable)
Dolgiran ship DX, Popy, TV commercial (unlockable)
Sharivan action figure + Crime Burster gun, Bandai, TV commercial (unlockable)
Sharingar Tank radio control, Characon/Bandai, TV commercial (unlockable)
Shaian tank DX + Bluhawk bike, Popynika/Bandai, TV commercial (unlockable)
Making of The Space Sheriff Spirits, behind the scenes featurette (unlockable)