Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Games Played 03/10/2009


X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1995)
Developer: Capcom Co., Ltd.
Platform: SegaSaturn
Purchase Date: 01/21/1996

Cyclops and Chun Li together? I don't think that Jean is going to be happy about that.

This title is legendary because it is Capcom's first entry into the Marvel/Capcom crossover fighting games. It is also notable because the game introduced the magical 4MB memory cartridge to the SegaSaturn, allowing for memory hogs like this game to play perfectly on the console. X-Men vs. Street Fighter has no loading time in between menus and matches except for the very brief initial load time when you boot up the game. Most importantly, it is still able to maintain the smooth graphics found in the arcade version. The Street Fighter characters are granted a significant boost to all of their special moves so that they can equal the mighty X-Men characters. Though gameplay balance is thrown out the window for a more frenetic and somewhat generic action, it was all very fresh when it first came out. You can switch between your two characters on the fly and even combine their super moves together. One of the best characters in the game is Rogue and this is the only version of the game where her "Power Drain" special move actually steals the unique powers of her opponents - for example: she can use "Yoga Flame" after touching Dhalsim! Brilliant.

LIBRARY STATUS: 5 out of 5

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