Gamers everywhere have wondered for years: What if all the companies that produce fighting games collaborated to make one huge game starring all of their characters? That would be a huge cross-licensing deal that probably would never happen. Thankfully, Sega has put together Fighters Megamix, a collection of characters from two of their best fighters, Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter.
What results is a game which plays somewhat faster than the average game of Vipers or VF. This game is loaded with secrets, hidden characters (from other Sega games) and special options.
Gameplay is fast, with responsive control and plenty of combos, juggles and special moves. Additionally, the top X, Y and Z buttons are used as different combinations of A, B and C, so special moves and throws are at the touch of a button. The VF cast has moves directly from VF3, and if you haven't gotten to play that installment of the series yet, there's a handy Training Mode to get you used to the controls.
Fighters Megamix has five modes of play. One-player Mode pits you against nine "tracks" of fighters with six or seven opponents each. The tracks are grouped by characters. In the Virtua Fighter track, you fight only characters from Virtua Fighter. If you choose the Fighting Vipers track, you fight only FV characters. There are tracks with only Bosses, only secret characters, and one full of dirty Fighters, who use cheap moves and combos to finish you off.
Survival Mode has your character fighting against the full range of Megamix fighters for varied amounts of time. The goal is to see how many characters you can defeat before time runs out, or your life bar is drained to zero (it doesn't refill after each round). Vs. Mode is just as you would expect: a two-player fight to the finish.
The Team Battle Mode lets you hand pick a team of eight characters to duke it out versus the computer or a second player. Finally, Training Mode sets you against a dummy character (who looks right out of the multiplatform game Ballz) to practice your techniques. You are given a list of the moves for each character except the secret characters.
Two different arenas can be chosen for the game. Fighting Vipers-style play puts you inside four walls. The Virtua Fighter Mode gives you an infinite amount of space to battle in. with none of the ring-outs of previous games.
Stay tuned for a review of Sega's Saturn fighting collection in an upcoming EGM.
Just when you thought you had beaten Fighters Megamix. you find there are a ton of hidden surprises in store. At least Ю characters are hidden in the game. Get records on Survival Mode, and even more appear. Check out just a few of the hidden fighters that await you!
MANUFACTURER - Sega
THEME - Fighting
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
Here's a game we've all been waiting months to play, and let me say. it was not what I hoped it would be. True, it's one of the best fighters available for the Saturn, but as a game, it falls short of spectacular. Let's just say that any scrub of a player should be able to conquer Fighters Megamix in one sitting. You'd belter play at the hardest difficulty to get any sort of challenge, but even then don't look for good computer Al. Fighters Megamix truly shines in its excellent Training Mode for each character. It is here that you get .to learn all those techniques you'll NEVER use in real combat. You can be a master with two or three techniques, especially when using any of the Fighting Viper's combatants. The Virtua Fighter characters have to rely mainly on their increased strength and stamina to compete with the others. but against the fast power-hits of the Vipers, they rarely match up. A Viper without his or her armor is a cakewalk for any of the fighters. however, Besides the Training, the other joy of Fighters Megamix is the multitude of hidden options and secret characters uncovered as you complete the various circuits. You even get to play as Jane from Virtua Cop or Siba. a concept character originally planned for Virtua Fighter 1. but never used. You can see artwork of him on the old VF arcade cabinets!
This game is a lot of fun to play with a bunch of characters and even more secrets. But even with that said. I had trouble really getting into this one except in Two-player Mode. I have to admit that I generally like 3-D fighters like Tekken 2. What I am sure of is that any gamer who digs Sega's fighters. Megamix is worth the price-there's so much to play.
VF. floaty jumps: gone! FV. too lew characters: fixed! Eveiy mode in the game is (antastic. Now. fighting game juggling is fine, but Megamix goes overboard with it. And why do so many 3-D fighters depend so heavily on button-tappin' combos? You can be guarantoed a certain degree of success by simply mashing on the buttons. Ugh. Still, it's a great fighter.
No matter your tastes in fighting games, there's no excuse for passing up Fighters Megamix. It packs the reserved, thinking-man's combat of VF2. the flashy, button-slapping antics of FV and the downright silliness of dozens of other bonus warriors from Sega's vast gaming universe. Some battles are unbalanced, but that's a small price for such variety.
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
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