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Tatsunoko Fight
  opened by paleface at 02:27:56 09/01/03  
  paleface [sys=PS1; cat=Fighting; loc=JPN]
2D fighter based on the Gatchaman cartoon show. Solid, basic four-button fighting, each character having only two or three special moves and one super. While you have only five heroes from which to choose initially, I think you can unlock others, maybe even some of the crazy villains you fight in Story mode, 'cause the manual shows their move lists. The static backgrounds look nice enough and the characters, though somewhat tiny and not amazingly animated, move with good speed and some nice effects, with supers being particularly impressive and colorful.
What really makes the game in my book however are the music and videos from decades of seasons of the show, ranging from psychodelic wa-wa guitar to jazz pop to flashy modern anime and electric guitar. The really old stuff in particular is great to see, back in the days when a guy could wear colorful leotards without having to worry about people questioning his manhood. These video clips pop up at the beginning and end of Story mode, and between a few of the fights. You can replay them in the video Gallery, too, and see how many more you have left to unlock.
Aside from the usual Story, Training, and Vs. modes, there's a "Team Battle Vs" mode, which I haven't had a chance to try, and a "Free Battle" mode where you just go fight after fight against random (I think) opponents.
Surprisingly well done for a licensed game.

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