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Dark Awake
  opened by paleface at 22:35:07 10/27/20  
  last modified by paleface at 12:25:50 03/05/24  
  paleface [sys=PS3; cat=Fighting; reg=JPN]

Giving each character a play in Dark Awake: The King Has No Name on PS3--bought off the Japanese PSN store. It didn't come to PS3 in the States, but in US arcades it was called "Chaos Breaker." It was made by Eolith, the Korean developer who had previously developed The King of Fighters 2001 and 2002--and perhaps not surprisingly, it's a 3-on-3 fighting game with four attack buttons, and a mechanic where you can exchange fighters for magical items, an echo of the fighter/striker trade-off possible in KOF 2001.
And it plays pretty well! The pre-rendered graphics are different, but colorful, effectively atmospheric, and not as bad as might have been expected really, and the gameplay, while slightly on the simple side perhaps--characters didn't seem to have all that many special moves, and a lot of the numerous magical items do the same things--is lively and challenging. Item powers and super activations can get poked out and extinguished by jabs, which can be frustrating, but hey maybe I just should have been smarter with them or something? Anyway, it's actually a pretty fun game. : )

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