All posts by Hugo Provost

Soul of the Samurai

Like many game concepts, Soul of the Samurai‘s results from the mixing of ideas popular at the time of its

Samurai Nipponichi

Samurai Nipponichi (also spelled Samurai Nihon-Ichi) translates to “Japan’s Number One Samurai”. A rather cool title, though North American players wouldn’t have

Crimson Tears

Often times, when discussing little-known (or little-liked) games of some merit, the phrase “diamond in the rough” comes up. Crimson Tears must

Adventures of Darwin, The

The Adventures of Darwin, by cheapo developer Vingt-Et-Un Systems and released as part of the Simple 2000 line in Japan,

Tobal 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Tobal

Often, versus fighter sequels are content with offering a bit of new content and some minor tweaks; Tobal 2 is not one

Tobal No. 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Tobal

It’s hard to overstate how much influence the team behind the original Virtua Fighter has had in the field of 3D fighters.

Crisis Beat

When 3D began taking over in the mid ’90s, the beat-em-up genre was already past its prime. Attempts at translating

Lucifer Ring

Just six months after Crisis Beat, Softmachine released a somewhat more successful second attempt at a 3D beat-em-up anonymously through publisher

Splatter Master

The star of Splatter Master is a pumpkin-headed scarecrow child who packs twin chainsaws. He’s the perfect protagonist for the setting he

Mystical Fighter

Beat-’em-ups should be played with a little aggressivity, a little focused anger. In order to really enjoy what the genre

Ninja Crusaders

To the average gamer, there is something scary about the idea of a game in which you die in one

Bushido Blade

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Bushido Blade

  Though short-lived and long dead, the Bushido Blade series remains relevant, a rare phenomenon among fighting games. This is mostly due

Bushido Blade 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Bushido Blade

To refine a blade is to strengthen it by removing unwanted materials. This is the approach Bushido Blade 2 takes

Zombie Virus

Zombie Virus‘s basic conceit is intriguing; as a medical student in a city where most of the population has suddenly

Yakuza Fury

Yakuza Fury is a fun game. It may be odd to state this, but it seems necessary to establish this