I love fighting games and in my 15 years of
being a gamer, I've seen my fair share of winners and losers and when I
was given the change of reviewing Battle Fantasia, I jumped at
the idea. Not because it was another fighting game but rather because it
was a Japanese fighting game.
Unlike traditional "Western" fighting
games, Battle Fantasia makes this more than just a button smasher and
does require some skill and finesse to really make the most of the game
with a touch of RPG.
Apart from the sturdy gameplay, Battle
Fantasia features some great character designs that is oozing with
Japanese madness that many Western gamers might be thinking... what on
Earth!?! There are 16 characters available that look like they have been
taken out of a classic Chinese mythology book.
Even so, the graphics of the game work hand
in hand with the gameplay and the developers pay homage to those arcade
games of yesterday with the 2D inspired characters that have received a
21st century facelift. At times the graphics look cell-shaded and add in
a variety of anime inspired special effects and this game actually
stands out from the crowd at the moment.
The game contains a variety of gameplay
modes from your traditional fighting "story mode" to quick battles and
the like, ensuring that all gamers are catered for. The story mode is
fun, however I was a little disappointed with the lack of cutscenes for
the characters (ala Tekken), you actually have to read in this one.
Of course, you're not playing the game just
for story and after playing this game for a considerable amount of time,
I came to the conclusion that the controls work quite well on the 360
controller with an average level learning curve.
And for those button smasher fans, the game
can be played as a button smasher, however as you progress, you will
need to incorporate some more maneuvers. The special combos in the game
are classics and without spoiling it too much, some of the "assistance"
you get is quite magic inspired.
Each character plays differently and add in
a variety of different attacks and Battle Fantasia boasts
an impressive moves list. The combinations range from easy to sometimes
impossible to manage, however with some practice, fighting those enemies
will become an interesting experience.
At the end of the day, Battle Fantasia will definitely be not everyone's
cup of tea, however if you're looking for a game from yesteryear with a
twist that includes 21st century gameplay mechanics, than I would urge
you to investigate this title.
It's pure fighting from the get go
that gives the gamer a ton of variety.