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Battle Arena Toshinden Remix -- Sega/Takara

Whoa nelly, does the person who thought it was a good idea to convert this game still have a job? Sheesh, ok, let's forget for a minute this game is a port of a 3-D fighting game on the PlayStation... Better yet, let's not talk about it anymore because that's really the only way to not consider this game a total failure. Let's keep my reaction to other Saturn games.

Hmmm... Graphics are so-so on the backgrounds, and grainy as all hell when it comes to the characters. The only time you really get a reasonable amount of definition is when the camera pans out... Up close many of the features tended to blur.

Sound? Well, the music was ok, the sound effects were about average, and the voice acting... ya'know... you'd think with a much money as these companies make on these games that they could afford to get someone who is capable of speaking in a pleasant, or at least, in-character voice. Case in point on this issue is Duke who now sounds like Peter Seller's character in the Pink Panther movies (Inspector Clueso?).

Anyway, playcontrol is my next issue, er... or should I say lack of issue? While I managed to occasionally get special moves pulled off, there were quite a few moves I expected but never found. And for a few moves, they seemed to just fire at random when I repeated the same move sequence more than once! The real kicker for me on this game was the fact that -- picture this: I sat down in One-Player mode, fights set for Best of Three, and skill at Normal -- I played all the way through to Sho without loosing a SINGLE match using Duke, and not using a single special move. I just beat on everyone with the sword (swoosh, swish) and walked through the game in under fifteen minutes. Pee-U.

>>>>> 9.5/25 <<<<< R.I.P.
Graphics 2.0
Sound 3.0
Gameplay/Control 1.5
Longevity/Playability 1.0
Overall 2.0
Total 9.5