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Budokan: The Martial Spirit (1990)

Posted at 22:20 on March 9th, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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The true disciple does not just master one art form. Following the popularity of martial arts films in the 1980s, Budokan lets you train in four such disciplines: Karate (unarmed fighting), Bo (staff), Nunchakus (two connected sticks) and Kendo (bamboo swords).


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Posted at 02:28 on March 10th, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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It looked very attractive alright, but the gameplay was very weak in my opinion.
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Posted at 10:36 on March 11th, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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So what bothered you about it?
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Posted at 17:26 on March 11th, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Well, first off, choppy animation for some moves, which is mostly unexpected as still pictures suggest a different idea. Secondly, very unresponsive and inconveniently defined controls. I hated those delays between pushing and execution of moves and my fingers would get tired. And lastly, there could be just a few more special effects, like enemies jerking back on hit etc.
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Animations, for a game originally developed on an IBM PC, I found actually quite decent for the time. Clearly, this is not a spectacular or flashy game, as mentioned in the review. I appreciate its down-to-earth angle, actually. Although clearly, when the mood strikes me to pick a fighting game for pure enjoyment (i.e. outside of reviewing duties), Budokan is not the first pick.
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Granted, i actually discovered and played it in the 2000s already, but then i could still enjoy some other fighting games which were even older. Budokan i didn't enjoy for a second and played it only to see the end of it using a combo of 90% flawless hits, which actually is another downside to the gameplay. Why bother with so many moves if you can get away with just two, especially when the rest is just utterly useless and self-damaging... also, while the postures are ok some of the actual moves, the kicks specifically, look ridiculous. Speaking of PC version, i was also quite annoyed with the digitized speaker output.
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Edited by Vagabond at 18:32 on March 11th, 2017
Posted at 23:54 on March 12th, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Moebius at 18:26 on March 11th, 2017:
Why bother with so many moves if you can get away with just two, especially when the rest is just utterly useless and self-damaging...

Typical weakness of the genre, I would say. Having played a good number of these games recently, you probably wouldn't believe how far I got in many of them just doing a crouching kick (for lack of a better term). Or you probably would. If it's at least a combination of moves you need, that's acceptable in my book (albeit far from perfect).

(Though I can hardly believe you actually "perfectly" beat the game using only two moves.)

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also, while the postures are ok some of the actual moves, the kicks specifically, look ridiculous.

Oh, even compared to fireball throwing Japanese adolescents? ;)
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 00:13 on March 13th, 2017
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