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Battle High: San Bruno Review

Battle High: Elemental Revolt the title Mattrified Games intended for Battle High: San Bruno is a XBLIG 2D fighting game. The game keeps its screen size that of the classics even if you can support wide-screen. You might see this as a downside but for me it gave it more of the feel of the classic 2D fighters.

With 8 characters to choose from and multiple stages to fight on the game uses the a standard control system. You have light punch, hard punch, light kick, heavy kick and a throw button. Your special attacks all follow the move controls we are all familiar with from the Street Fighter and other fighting game series.

Each characters moves are different with different pluses and minuses to each, but I can at least say I didn’t at any point feel any one character was any better than another. So playability wise this fighter seems pretty balanced. This bunch of angst filled high school students all possess abilities focusing on the elements. Many of the characters have a Japanese-esque look to them.

Battle High has an Arcade mode, Versus mode, Challenge Mode, and Training Mode as well as a journal that shows the things you’ve unlocked in the game with your accomplishments. In Arcade mode you select your character and go on to fight the other 7 characters Half way through you will fight someone who you have an actual reason to fight and then again for the final fight you will fight your main enemy. These two brief moments of conversation before the fight is all you will get for in game story for that character and then once you’ve beaten your main enemy you will get a closing story to tie it all together. Every character has a different story so their main enemy may be someone different. You can also change the difficulty in the options menu.

In Versus mode you can choose your character and the computers character you will fight. This is also where you can duke it out with a local friend. It no differently than arcade mode. In challenge mode you are told the moves you need to do for the character you choose, you can learn what buttons and combos work well with each character. It is worth trying this mode out just to learn a few good combos. Training mode is just you versus a standing dummy character that doesn’t move or do anything but take the beating you dish out in practicing the combos you learned in challenge mode.

Battle High’s biggest issues in my book is that to pull off the better moves it requires more precision than most fighters, I found myself having a little difficulty just pulling off the down to forward attack powers. I think the default setting for the game should have been higher (although this can easily enough be changed). I think the last thing is what may bother some people and that is the entirely short and fairly shallow stories of each character. Now for me it’s a fighting game I don’t really care if this guy is trying to rule the world or just save his sister. I just thought it worth mentioning.

4 out of 5 it plays smoothly and gives fans of classic fighters a little of that old feel back, with something fresh for 80 msp it’s a steal.

Chu’s Dynasty Review – Winter Uprising

The Indie Games Winter Uprising continues with Tribetoy‘s Chu’s Dynasty. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe the beauty of this game. The artwork is just plain incredible and the gameplay doesn’t fall short either. The Asian theme of the game is so nicely done, you’ll forget this is an Indie game. With great backgrounds and beautiful stage layout that is perfect for the 4 player beat-em up.

This is a great 2D 4 player fighting game that has 4 very different playable characters. Although all the moves are activated the same way for each character the play style needed to properly take advantage of those moves differs greatly with each character. The added twist of the energy form that you can turn into to float up and away from an enemy is sweet. While it takes some time to figure out how to best use each characters time bending move. This game has what it takes to make you want to keep on fighting it out with your family.

Now on to the AI, I have to admit I’m not so great at fighters I love SFII and Super Smash Bros and this game has a little of the feel from both those games, but only a little as you realize that the moves are so different from either of those games. Back to topic, on Normal I made it to the second stage and got my head handed to me many times. I can’t stress it enough the AI is good. This may had a lot to do with the fact that I am far from mastering the combos and when to unleash the special move or use a time move. The computer doesn’t relent. So get some practice in with a friend.

You have a few modes to play the game in. Story mode which each of the 4 characters has their own story. As you wage combat against AI battles. First time through I suggest Easy mode. There is your standard vs mode which allows up to 4 players human or computers. In this mode it’s just a simple beat down until one player has 2 wins. Another mode is Vs Team mode which allows you to team up with your buddy against the cpu or other players. Could be nice if one player is really good and the other two aren’t.

Anyway you look at it, I suggest you check out the options menu to look up the controls. Otherwise you’ll just be button mashing without a clue as to how to use the time move or what the differences between the characters.

My only complaint is that there is no online mode so to play the multiplayer mode you have to all be on the same box. Now for me this isn’t an issue, between me and my family we can easily fill the spots up. Plus I think it’s just so much better when you are all in the same room. But if your only friends are online you won’t get to kick their teeth in with this game.

My rating is a 5 out of 5.

This game could have been sold for 400 msp and still have been well worth the purchase, but you can get it for 240 msp. So what are you waiting for download it now.