Review by YSF

Reviewed: 01/21/00 | Updated: 12/16/02

A great anime fighting game from Namco!

Okay, just in case you don't know what Yuu Yuu Hakusho is, i'll spent sometime and briefly describe it to you.

Talk about Namco and you will immediately think of Namco's great 3-Dfighting game like Soul Calibur, Tekken 3 etc, am i right? Back in the days ofthe 16-bit era, Namco wasn't famous for Tekken series. In fact, Tekken wasn'tborn yet until in the 32-bit era. That makes sense, right? Namco has a greatfighting game series during the 16-bit era. Unfortuately, the series weren'treleased outside Japan. If it weren't Tekken, or Soul Calibur, then what is it?You probably have guessed it! Yes, it's Yuu Yuu Hakusho.

Yuu Yuu Hakusho is a japanese manga. Just like Dragon ball series, it hasevolved into TVs, comics and so on. It's a shame that Namco didn't bring thisgreat series into the 32-bit and 64-bit era. Yuu Yuu Hakusho may not be aspopular as Dragon ball [Creator of DB is Akira Toriyama!] but i am sureanyone who has followed the manga closely will definitely agree with me that itis good. I had read all of the Yuu Yuu Hakusho, if not almost all many yearsago! Now, back to the main review!

To most Americans, Yuu Yuu Hakusho's fighting style may be unfamilar orweird to you. The same applies to those who has not played any Dragon ballbefore. Still, the gameplay is great! I will briefly describe how the combat lookslike.

It's more like a fighting anime game. Basically, there's a bar which can becharged for both players in the centre screen. Below the chargable bar, are theenergy and spirit bars respectively. Energy bar is a measure of how muchenergy you can used to execute your moves and spirit bar allows you to usespirit techniques. So, this is what you do? The bar will starts to charge up andyour moves are more stronger when the bar is fully charged than onlyhalf-charged. The moves are quite easy to execute. Of course, more time isneeded for the bar to charge. For example, if you want to use Hiei's KatanaStrike to perform 16 hit strike, hold down and when the bar is charged, pressB. Of course, the stronger the move, more energy is needed. Don't think of it asone of the lame or weird fighting game concept from Japan! The fighting systemis incredibly deep! There's lot more!

The graphics, or the animation is excellent. The details are amazing! The controlis responsive and great and the moves can be easily executed. There's a widevariety of modes available such as one-on-one, VS, story and even team fight.Music and sound are truly excellent! Most importantly, the gameplay is great!

The only problem that you might have when importing this game is that thegame is in Japanese and you may not truly understand how the game plays like!But, learning the basic gameplay isn't that hard at all. Since it's a fighting game,there are very few texts so don't worry about it!

Overall, Yuu Yuu Hakusho is a must-buy for fans of the manga. This game isasolutely great and it's a pity that it wasn't released outside Japan and noonemakes a sequel to this great series after the 16-bit era. Hear that, Namco? Myfriends are complaining to me why Namco wants to end the series. It's hard tofind a copy of any Yuu Yuu Hakusho copies nowasdays. You might want todownload a SNES emulator and the rom from the internet to play it!

Graphics : 9.0/10.0
Concept : 9.0/10.0
Music : 8.5/10.0
Sound : 9.5/10.0
Gameplay : 9.5/10.0
Replay : 8.5/10.0
Challenge : 9.0/10.0
Overall : 9.0/10.0

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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