Like Ben, I enjoyed growing up in the golden age of arcades and have many fond memories of days riding to my local 7-11 to play the latest cabinet, or many evenings spent trying to connive my dad into taking me to Chuck E. Cheese only to spend three hours there without touching the pizza. However, the good feeling of those golden years gone by don't really carry over to the current incarnation of Strider 2. Based on my memories of the original arcade release and the nearly flawless Genesis port of the first Strider, I was ready to put my money down sight unseen and trust in Capcom to produce something as solid and fun to play as the first game. However, I was quite disappointed.
Capcom. Any gamer worth their salt will be familiar with the efforts of the company who practically defined fighting games with their breakthrough Street Fighter series and made fighters the force in gaming they are today. Capcom is known for their colorful characters and hand-drawn art which is intimately familiar to gamers across the world, and now Capcom strikes out in a bit of a departure from the norm to introduce an all-new, 3D cast of giant robots and pilots in place of the usual assortment of martial artists (Street Fighter), mythical monsters (Darkstalkers) or super heroes (Marvel Vs. Capcom).
Tech Romancer is in essence Shoji Kawamori's (famed mechanical designer of Macross) interactive tribute to the giant robot genre in anime. As Brad already mentioned, each of the 10 different selectable characters/robots represents different sub themes that have become all too familiar in the Japanese anime culture.
According to the ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence
As Resident Evil games go, Code: Veronica is familiar fare. If you loved the older games, youll love this even more with its suped-up graphics and sound. Myself personally, I am getting pretty sick of this series and if it werent for the fact that its making its debut on the Dreamcast, I would have panned it even more.
Yet, the graphical wonder of Code: Veronica also becomes a lethal double-edged sword. While the presentation received a shot in arm and everything looks fairly realistic, the same can't be said of the gameplay mechanics, which has remained unbelievably ridiculous.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Blood & Gore, Animated Violence
According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence
Its almost heart warming to see Capcom come up with such a wonderful game given their history of releasing quasi-sequels with rehashed and dated gameplay mechanics. A release like Power Stone is so full of personality and innovation that I would hope it isnt overlooked simply for its arcade look and feel. With the next-next-generation hardware, Capcom has found a way to offer a game that is a throwback to the days of 2D arcade brawlers but with new school 3D freedom. Its a clear sign of the times that hardware limitations are becoming less and less restrictive.
If Jackie Chan were a videogame (other than his own upcoming Stuntmaster), hed be Power Stone. Much like Chans renowned style of comedic martial arts filmmaking, Power Stone is a two-player competitive fighting game that allows players to freely roam about the stage with the ability to pick up, hurl, swing, or hang from nearly everything in it.