Fighters Megamix

Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 5

Sound: 2

Gameplay: 3

Overall: 3

Fighters Megamix, for the uniformed, was a dumbed down version of Virtua Fighter mixed in with characters from Fighting Vipers. It ended up being a great polygonal fighter and had some surprising characters including the car from Daytona USA. Now, out of those two sentences, you must pick out one word specifically. That word is "was." This port hardly resembles the game it is based on ends up being yet another lackluster title made even worse by the ludicrously bad screen on this portable.

The intro is the only highlight of the game featuring some outstanding still shots of the characters. That's the last time you'll be able to recognize anything. Honestly, next to Sonic Jam, this game has the worst blur you'll ever see on a portable console, made worse by the complete lack of detail on the fighters. Animation? Nope. One frame for every move, never any more. It kills the flow the game needs to be successful, or playable for that matter.

The meat of the home game was the large selection of juggles and combo's. This port doesn't have any. You might see a juggle here and there, but grounded combo's are completely non-existent. You can jab punch and kick all you want, but none of the moves will ever string together. The only mildly cool feature is the destruction of your characters armor or clothing, the only resemblance of this game the one on which it was based.

Four hidden characters can be unlocked by playing through the four different courses. The chances of any fighting game fan managing to make it though even one of these courses with the mild beeps that the game considers music is mild. A few grainy voice samples have been tossed in to fool gamers into believing this is actually better than it really is, but only the most inexperienced gamers will find this to be a welcome feature.

There are no good fighting games on the, period. Never was, never will be. Sadly, this is the better of the two (the other being the despicable port of Mortal Kombat Trilogy), but that means nothing. Even the most jaded fan boys of Fighters Megamix will be turned off by the complete lack of gameplay, graphics, or any other rewarding features.


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Last updated: Saturday, June 18, 2005 09:02 AM