All posts by Hugo Provost

Kaze Kiri Ninja Action

Kaze Kiri is a surprisingly experimental game. You would probably expect a single-plane beat-em-up with a ninja theme to play

Revengers of Vengeance

Revengers of Vengeance may not come up in conversation often, but when it does, it’s usually because of its title.

Venom & Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Spider-Man & Venom

While he started as a villain, Venom’s popularity lead to his transformation into an anti-hero with multiple mini-series to his

Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Spider-Man & Venom

For almost two decades following the advent of the NES, Japanese game companies generally dominated the arcade and console landscapes, while

Samurai Gunn

Samurai Gunn is one of the most accessible fighting games you’ll find. It has nearly no learning curve, nothing you

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