Remember when stuff like Tekken and Virtual Fighter starting coming out? Those games where fun at the time and much more innovative than say the Street Fighters and Mortal Kombats of the time, but they where still pretty basic fighting games nevertheless. Well, that’s how this game plays.
It is a great game and one of the first 3D fighting games for the iPhone, but because this genre of game has advanced so much in recent years how does this one hold up? More importantly, is it worth your seven dollars?
The game sports ten different characters to choose from and each one has their own specific moves and combinations for you to master. Each character also comes with two different costumes to fight in and they each have their own backstory as well. The fighter’s have over twenty different moves and combos that range from attacks, dodges, guards, counters, jumps, juggle combos, armor breaks, and much more.
There are ten different arenas for you to fight in and four different story modes to play through: Story, Arcade, Survival, and Practice. You can also fight with a friend over a local WiFi or Bluetooth connection too.
The game has two control schemes that utilize tap and drag techniques. You can also turn off the default music and play your own through your iPod if you’d like.
As with any app from Gameloft, the graphics look amazing here. The game resembles Soul Calibur in terms of the look and feel and that’s not a bad thing at all really. There are plenty of characters and moves to keep you busy with this one.
I love the Multiplayer addition to this game. To be honest, without this feature the game wouldn’t be as much fun. I mean anyone can beat the computer, but the real challenge always lies in competing against another player.
I didn’t like the fact that you couldn’t change the fight time to infinite. While this isn’t a huge deal when playing the computer, it bugged me when playing against a friend. So did the “ring-outs.” I hate ring-outs. Hate them. And always turn that feature off, but you are unable to do that here as well.
As I said earlier, without Multiplayer this game can get a bit boring at times. The computer is just really easy and doesn’t pose much of a challenge compared to playing against an actual human opponent.
It feels very Playstation One as far as how advanced the game is. Now I realize it’s on the iPhone and that is a huge step, but because this genre has advanced so much on the next Gen consoles, this really did feel outdated to me in terms of the gameplay and type of moves you can perform.
If you’re looking for a fighting game for your iPhone, this is the one to get. It’s by far the best out there and it has a lot of things going for it. The Multiplayer option is easily the game’s top feature. Just be aware that the game is a very basic version of the type of fighting games we currently have out now.