Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Bishoujo Senshi SailorMoon Super S

Genre: Fighting Game
Platform: Playstation
Credits: Rumiko Takahashi, Angel, TOEI, Bandai

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Skysenshi's Description:
Battle with your favorite senshi and see their cool attacks in action! Includes inner planet senshi (Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus) and the outer planet senshi (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Saturn). Your referees are the cats Luna and Artemis, and also the dashing Tuxedo Kamen...

Ready? Fighto!

Even Sailor Senshi fans will find this game torturous! >>> by skysenshi
To start off, I would like to mention that I have been a Bishoujo Senshi SailorMoon fan since 1997 until I finally thought I would retch from SailorMoon overdosage about a year ago. I remember during my Bishoujo Senshi fandom days, I was so obsessed with the series I had to buy the PlayStation game. Now I can say, if it wasn't the game that got me disgusted with the series, I don't exactly know what did.

This game just plain sucks. There is no other sentence to describe it. For a fighting game, they should have made the motions a bit more fluid, like in Street Fighter. Here I had a hard time making my characters move, let alone do a special combo.

You can use all ten Senshi -- only if you're in the ''Versus Mode''. If you want to play the regular ''Arcade Mode'', you can only use the Inner Senshi, namely: Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus. Sorry Outer Senshi fans! You cannot ever use Uranus, Saturn, Pluto, and Neptune if you want to play the arcade mode. Unfortunately for me, I happened to be a major SailorUranus fan with a massive SailorUranus site.

The CGs are great! There's nothing negative I can say about that. However, the anime versions of the different fighters look like they had their chins stretched by a forklift.

The opening theme was a blast, especially as it was partnered with great opening CG animation. The battle sounds were also great. They were able to capture the personalities of the Sailor Senshi through the voice acting. Thank heavens, the sounds actually more than made up for the game characters' lack of resemblance to the original anime characters. That must be this game's only good feature.

If you'd like to torture yourself controlling stiff characters, by all means repeat this game until you've perfected all their moves. I must warn you, though, that the game isn't even worth finishing because the developers didn't even put good endings to it.

This game cannot ever give justice to the series, or the beautiful characters it was based on. I can always get the good sounds through my soundtrack collection and the good graphics through my image galleries and video files. What we should all be after here is basically the gameplay because that's what you buy a game for.

If you want real Sailor Senshi action, just buy the old 16-bit SEGA MegaDrive SailorMoon game instead. That's more value for your money. This game is just capital punishment for those who truly cared about the Bishoujo Senshi series.

RATINGS: Gameplay 1; Battle 1; Story N.A.; Visuals 7; Characters 7; Sounds 9; Replay Value 6

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