The Thing

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The Thing

Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50975 & SLUS-20371 & SLPM-62245
Japanese: SLPM-62245 & VW098-J1 & SLPM-62419 & VW098-J2
German: SLES-50976
French: SLES-50975
Spanish: SLES-50975
Italian: SLES-50975
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20371
Release date: August 20, 2002
2003 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 1B9D49F3
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50975
Release date: September 20, 2002
CRCs: F6F9A91D, 789D6B71
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-62245
SLPM-62419 (Konami the Best)
VW098-J2 (Konami the Best)
Release date: February 27, 2003
November 27, 2003 (Konami the Best)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Computer Artworks
Publisher(s): Black Label Games (US, EU), Konami (JP), Vivendi Universal Games (US)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic78/100
Game description: While investigating the enigmatic deaths of American scientists in the Antarctic, a military rescue team encounters a strange shape-shifting alien life-form that assumes the appearance of the people it kills. As the team leader, you must forget everything you ever learned about obliterating aliens simply with a barrage of violent ammunition--this monster is difficult to see, hard to kill, and seemingly impossible to evade. In the midst of this lurking terror, you must convince your squad to cooperate and complete tasks essential to both the success of the mission and your own survival.
The game is a sequel to John Carpenter's 1982 film, The Thing and follows the story of Captain Blake, a member of a U.S. Special Forces team sent to the Antarctic outpost featured in the film to determine what has happened to the research team.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 (3.6GHz)
  • Geforce 9600GT
0.9.9 r4878 GSDX r4873
  • SPU2-X r4872
  • Lilypad r4797
BIOS: USA v02.00, 60/60FPS Machina
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5452 GSdx 5442 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs above full speed.
PAL Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.3 Git 28 of May GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Minor grafichs issues in Hardware mode,software mode fine.
PAL Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.3.svn5932 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Little


  • Original names: 遊星からの物体XエピソードⅡ (SLPM-62245) & (SLPM-62419), Das Ding aus einer anderen Welt (SLES-50976)
  • Also known as Yuusei Kara no Buttai X: Episode II (JP)

Known Issues

Broken 3D

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: SPS and broken graphics ingame, superVU and interpreter VU hang the game.
  • Workaround: Fixed in r4660, must use microVU

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