There are only four stages, but they are fairly long, and holy hell, do they look visually astounding. It will still cost a pretty penny if you go after the original versions mind. To aid you in choosing plays the top of the playcalling screen displays an outline of the currently highlighted play. Essentially an updated version of Fatal Fury 2, improvements include a new combo system, speedier overall gameplay and a far larger roster of playable characters. The backgrounds are subtle, yet beautiful, and the underscored music is downright stellar. This game appears to be a hurried project. There are also no substitutions.
The action is fast and furious and the pacing is superb, while the level design and variation remains impressive. You can elect to keep the ball on a pass play and run with it as the quarterback, or on a run play you can let the running back go downfield a little before passing the ball to him. Defensive playcalling is much easier to conduct; there simply are no options for defensive plays. The camera angle is terrible. You would expect to see the tops of the players' helmets, but you don't.
As with the previous installments in the series, this game is anchored around three-on-three team battles. That's it, no ability to dive, jump, stiff arm. The only thing holding this game back, in my opinion, is the length. This is not American FootBall, it is crap. The gameplay is very simplistic, yet satisfying. The animations were beautiful, the combat system was just about pitch perfect and even the backgrounds looked incredible although I have to wonder what the hell is going on at the Chinese restaurant -- is that a silhouette of a man beating a cat to death? It is the only Neo Geo cart in my library that is collecting dust. There are enough sound effects in the game.
The defense always starts downs in the same formation, with players being able to switch between defensive team members before and during the play. Imagine a camera directly above the field looking down. Its alarmingly deep gameplay, over-the-top moves, ability to parry, and glorious aesthetics helped usher in a new era of Neo Geo gaming and proved just how versatile the hardware was. An excellent, surprisingly deep, game of golf. That is how the field is shown in this game. Now, you can vote for your favorite games and allow them to have their moment of glory.
Uncommon - There are 18 known instances of this machine owned by who are active members. Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. My name is Jimbo X an unusual surname, I know. Offensive pass and run plays are handled the same way. Census data currently includes 138,859 machines 6,174 unique titles. An English speaking individual would look in the manual, see a screen grab of the Run Play menu, and wonder why all those Japanese characters were there.
If you want to be a true hardcore collector then go for a complete Neo Geo collection. The character sprites are downright gorgeous, and the solid platforming gameplay -- highlighted by some excellently designed levels -- makes this one an absolute blast to play through, solo or with a buddy. And did I tell you the game has some supremely awesome co-op play, as well? There are no real world teams to contend with, and no real world stats that matter aside from the game's score and the game's time. The character animations are limited and jolty. Of these, 18 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.
Despite its difficulty, Pulstar remains a sensational addition to any Neo Geo collection and is highly recommended to all hardcore shmup fans. Thank goodness so many are now available on various consoles. It's also a place for me to rant, rave and ramble about all sorts of things that matter and don't matter, so prepare yourself for some heavy-handed bloviating about politics and consumption. The same sprite image appears to be used for every character. I would never have bought this game, but it came with one of the systems I bought. The players look like they are laying on their side, running.
Well, that, and lots of stuff about video games and junk food. There are enough plays to call in this game, but the controls leave something to be desired. Skip the watered down console ports -- you need to experience this one the way it was intended, on actual Neo Geo hardware. Essentially nothing more than a tarted-up version of Pong — you fling a frisbee and use angles to slip it past your opponent — Windjammers is one of the finest multiplayer games on the system and combines slick controls and fast gameplay to create one of the most enjoyable games around. The 202-meg cart featured new fighters, glorious backdrops and even slicker controls than the impressive original. .