| paleface [sys=PS1; cat=Fighting; loc=JPN] |
|The first in the Asuka series may be the best, or at least, the most inspired. A silly high-school-fighting-girls feeling pervades the game and makes things like the horribly pixelized character portraits, huge loading times, and ugly menu backgrounds seem almost fitting. There are brief conversations between the combatants before the match starts (you can skip these), and a lot of screaming during each round. Yee-haw!|
Each character has a different high-school-activity shtick, from volleyball to tennis to, uh, chemistry or something. They can all double-jump, and as they attack (or get hit? maybe), their meter builds up, and eventually they can do a super move. If they build it up to the titular 120%, they can do super moves over and over for a few seconds.
There's some slowdown, but not too much, and you can even crank the game speed up to just plain silly levels in the options screens. You can't remap the buttons, darn it, but there are only two, after all, so it isn't that bad. The fighting engine is very combo friendly--you can even hit people while they're down, once--and there's some fun give-and-take with a sort of blocking/countering thing that I don't completely understand, but fortunately it works more or less automatically as you're mashing buttons.
It's fun, it's fast, it's colorful, and there are young chicks in tight clothing. The load times suck, but aside from that, it's hard to go too far wrong given that formula.