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I found Tatsunoko vs Capcom(TvC) to be an enjoyable crossover
fighting game.It's controls are fluid and allows you to do special
moves,combos and massive,powerful combos called 'hyper combos'
easily.The game requires a good balance of delicate timing and strategy
because certain special moves such as a hadoken are a good way of
getting your opponent on the backfoot or forcing them into a mistake
and the famous 'Shoryuken' is good way to counter an opponent's
attacks,but leaves you vulnerable if you miss.Performing a move at a
bad time can result in your character getting hit with a special
move,combo or hyper combo and losing lots of health. Some
characters such as Tekkaman are not as skilled or agile as certain
characters but they can perform powerful special moves that are easy to
perform and that do a lot of damage and which don't leave them in a
vulnerable position if they miss with it unlike with the shotokan style. I'll explain more about the gameplay later,and I'll explain a bit about Tatsunoko now.
Tatsunoko are a Japanese,animation company.They've produced anime
series such as Macross,Neon Genesis Evangelion,Neo-Human
Casshern/Casshern Sins,Tekkaman,Gatchaman,Samurai Pizza Cats,Beyblade
and many others. I don't want to list every Tatsunoko
character who is in TvC,but I'll tell you some of the Tatsunoko
characters that are in TvC and which universe they represent.
Casshan(Neo-Human Casshern),Tekkaman/Tekken Blade(Tekkaman Space
Knight and Tekkaman Blade),Ken and Jun(Gatchaman),Ippatsuman(Gyakuten!
Ippatsuman),Gold Lightan( Golden Warrior Gold Lightan),Karas(Karas).
I'm also a big fan of the 2004 film 'Casshern' which is an adaptation
of Casshan,so the appearance of Casshan in this game does fanfare
service for me.I also liked watching the Tekkaman anime when I was growing up. Some of the Capcom characters include
Ryu,Chun Li,Alex(Street Fighter),Morrigan(Dark
Stalkers),Yami(Okami),Viewtiful Joe(Viewtiful Joe),PTX-40A(Lost Planet
Extreme Condition),Frank West(Dead Rising),Kaijin no
Soki(Onimusha),Mega Man Volnutt(Mega Man Legends). To be honest,I don't remember if Yami,PTX-40A or Gold Lightan are playable characters,but the rest are.
However,I was a bit disappointed that no Neon Genesis Evangelion or
Macross representation is in the game.An Evangelion or Battloid would
have made an awesome sub boss. The game has 26 charactes
overall(I think)and as you can see they come from very diverse
universes which means they'll have very diverse fighting styles.So you
can have martial artists such as Ryu or Chun Li fighting against
characters in powerful armored suits who have weapons or against giant
robots or powerful supernatural beings or very agile superheroes who
wear capes or a 16th century samurai or even a journalist who uses
everyday objects and a Megabuster as a weapon or against genetitically
modified super humans. As for more information about the
gameplay,a player selects a team of two characters.They can interswitch
almost anytime and the team member switched out will have their health
slowly regenerate.As you would expect,the game has an arcade mode,which
involves fighting a number of opponents,sub bosses and a final boss
and seeing the ending for one of the two characters you choose(which
depends on which character dealt the final blow to the final boss).There
is other single player modes such as survival and time attack.
Your team mate can jump on the screen for a second or two and perform
quick attacks on an enemy,or even chain a combo together with you or
perform a hyper combo simultaneously on an enemy with you.I'm not into
multiplayer gaming,but this game provides local and global online
multiplayer. The control scheme uses 4 buttons.3 to perform
attacks and 1 for calling in your partner.Combos,special moves and
hyper combos are performed by pressing a combination of D-Pad movements
and button presses.I like the simplicity of the control scheme because
it allows you to be able to perform combos without having to remember
long sequences of button presses or having to delicately time long
sequence of button presses like you have to in the Street Fighter and
Mortal Kombat games. The game is a 2D fighter with 3D style graphics.
I can't think of any real flaws to do with the gameplay.There's many
difficulty levels,the bosses can be tough but not too cheap.The
fighting is technical but the simplistic and smooth controls make it
very playable for just about anyone,but allows skillful/experienced
players to use their skills/experience to their advantage.The reason I
didn't score this game higher is because I'm getting bored of fighting
games,but this is the type of game that I would have been crazy about
and that I would have paid a lot of money for many years ago.
The character animations look natural and are brilliantly done.The
graphics have a nice blend of CGI and comic style to them.I think it
gives the graphics a more realistic feel(it's nice to see flowing water
that flows like real water) but the graphics still have a level of
charm that's present when you look at the artstyles for the anime/games
these characters are in. Also,some of the characters in this
game date back to the 1970's,maybe even earlier than that,and I like
how some of the characters have a classic anime style look to them.
The environments consist of nice looking city
surroundings,traditional Japanese style environments or can be places
that have sci fi themes.The hyper combos produce some colorful
backgrounds. The music is inspired by J-Pop and I like J-Pop but understandably it's not to everyone's taste.
Overall,I think this game is a great fighting game and if you own a
Wii you should give this game a try because it's one of the best Wii
exclusives(if you don't count it's arcade version).
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