Battle Arena Toshinden Ura
Just like the previous installment of the hit PlayStation title, Battle Arena Toshinden 2 is now being remastered on the Saturn platform. Unlike its previous venture of Toshinden 1-which was a port-over with a few new cinemas-we are given a game with a whole lot more new to offer.
The largest enhancement of this game is two new characters added to the TSD clan. The first of this pair is a man called Ripper, who's a very deep and dark character wielding two-fisted daggers of considerable size. Very unnatural to TSD history, this character does not primarily rely on projectile attacks. His are much more contact-oriented involving a lot of spinning and slashing. Ripper can charge forward with his blades shoved outward, or go into a running spin and slash madly all about him. Other attacks he possesses include a Double Dash attack that slashes about the enemy's sides in a triangular pattern. Lastly, he can hover for a short time in the air by using his normal Attack buttons. His story is still unknown. But then again, his story is the crux of the plot of this game, having to do with some insatiable desire for revenge.
The second new character takes the concept of normal fighters-cute anime girls and heavy fireball abusers-and wraps them up into a strange little bundle named RonRon. Though she is part of the investigation into the Replica project (read on for further details!), her fighting style is that of a clumsy, naive and nerdy school teacher who absolutely abhors the idea of getting hurt. She sends out weak kicks coupled with swings from her odd ham-mer-like weapon. At this point, the strangeness gets much bolder. For with this hammer, she can send massive Thunderballs at you! Likewise, she can do a ground version where she actually bowls like a bowling ball! All fans of fireballs will want to play her, but she is very weak, slow and, as said before, clumsy. She even possesses a move like Ellis in which she trips and slides on her face toward you causing you to stumble.
There are also a lot more changes than previous versions. Now, all of the backgrounds are totally new-not just rehashes of the Toshinden 2 backdrops. These consist mostly of the famed arena with "Ring Out" edges, with the backdrops being nicely detailed 2-D scrolling landscapes, cityscapes or whatever else they have.
Other extras they packed in are also the ever-expected rendered cinemas. There is a complete intro, pictorializing the entire story of the game and involving all the characters. Also, when you do particularly well when battling an opponent, you are treated to a rendered animation of the character doing some fancy pose a la Killer Instinct's Supreme Victory scenes.
As for the game, it really hasn't changed that much. You still are presented with characters with all the basics in fighting games (blocking, dashing, etc.). And likewise, you still have the multiple Side Steps you can do from Toshinden 2, where you can leap to the side of enemy fire and nip in close or faraway while doing the Side Step. Attack wise, the special moves can either be done normally, or set to use the X and C buttons to perform a designated move each, allowing a third to be set off by the pressing of both buttons simultaneously. Once again, a new feature has been added to provide much more convenience than a big оf FAQ.
Following the trend of other games' examples, TSD Lira contains a screen you can access for seeing what abilities your character has. Everything from the basic methods of ground attacks and jumping, to the actual performance controls of the special moves are all listed! It even reminds you of how to do your Overdrive move (both X and Z at the same time when your overdrive meter is flashing.)
The only thing they don't tell you is how to perform your secret move. Almost every character has one, and involves a complex set of control commands. But if pulled off, you can do some of the most incredibly vile damage when timed properly.
Sadly to say, Gaia, Chaos, Uranus and Master did not make the conversion to this game, however, there are now new Boss characters to battle against! The first you will meet midway into the game-with a battle that lasts only one round-is Replicant or Replica.
(For game purposes, he is called Repli.) He is an artificial creation constructed in the guise of the winner of the first Toshinden tournament, Sho. After defeating this cyborg, you will then continue on the rest of your battles with the rest of the clan.
Once everyone else is defeated, you are then attacked once again by Replicant, who this time will be much swifter and brutal than before, with the round spanning the two full rounds minimum. However, after defeating Replicant, you now must face his master-a massive brute named Wolf. (Picture Jeffrey from the VF series, totally buffed out, wearing a gi and armed with a massive training sword. Sounds evil enough?) First off, you know he's powerful when he blocks every hit you do by standing perfectly straight and holding out the palm of his hand to stop the blow. Wolf can strike the ground, causing a massive fire eruption that travels along the ground and fires up into the air. He can launch a multihitting fireball, and worse yet-can do a three-hit combo kick that ends in a massive explosion!
There are favorite secret characters who are always present if you do well against the Bosses. In this case, they are Sho and Vermilion from TSD2. Sho being the compilation of Kayin and Eiji, and Vermilion being one tall, black trench-coated evil character armed with a revolver and double-barreled shotgun!
All of the modes of play still exist, both Vs. and One-player and Vs. Computer, allowing you to battle any computer opponent you wish.
For any fan of the series, this is one you will want to take a look at Graphically, it's much more superior to Toshinden Remix, and the new characters give it an air of uniqueness. Veterans of Toshinden 2 will have no trouble picking it up. Stay tuned to EGM for Boss codes!
MANUFACTURER - Sega
THEME - Fighting
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
Download Battle Arena Toshinden Ura
PC compatible, P-200
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode
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