The makers of this game are also known for games like Aruna Mu No Kiba (Turbo CD) and Blue Forest Story (Playstation). This game was also made for the Turbo CD (PC-Engine CD) and was simply called Flash Hiders. While I
can't say too much about Aruna Mu No Kiba and I think BFS is highly generic, Right Stuff put the right stuff in this fighting game. The story depends on whichever
fighter you choose, but the main villain seems to be Jail Lance (Some kind of powerful pirate or something). One thing I've noticed about Right Stuff is that
they have this love for animal spirits and nature in general. In Aruna, each character represents a different animal. BFS has strong connections with nature and
spirits. In Battle Tycoon, certain moves make certain characters become "demi-humans" (Half human, half beast) for a brief moment. So what does Right Stuff
do nowadays? Not too sure, but time to talk about what exactly makes BT have the right stuff!
The graphics of the game are cleaner and smoother than I remember. Good color usage and smooth background scrolling give the game a refined kind of arcade feel. The character models are fairly detailed , though the animation isn't anything you haven't seen in your average SNES/SFC fighter.
The sound of the game is pretty good, though the sound quality could have been better. A couple of BGM's lack that SNES feel, but otherwise, the music is just fine. Some of the music tracks sound like they're coming out of an old telephone...it's not good, unlike a good pair of old jeans.
The Japanese voices are mostly good and they shouldn't be anything that will disturb you.
The gameplay is neat as far as SNES fighters go. While the game has nine fighters
(Ten if you do the code to get Jail Lance), they each have a cool arsenal of varied abilities. Each character also has an "Ultimate" attack (Much like games like Fatal Fury
Special, SD Hiryu No Ken, etc) when their life reaches the "critical" (When certain conditions are met) stage. That's not what makes the gameplay cool though. What makes BT
different is the "Advance" mode. Its like story mode, expect with RPG elements. You buy equipment and level up to become stronger. Along with this, the more you level up,
the more stat points you can distribute to speed, attack, and defense! With cool characters like Bang pulling off devastating combos, the typical anime that you usually
expect with Japanese games, and the cool story mode, BT is an excellent fighter that should have been released stateside.
- Written by Vyse the determined -