Excerpt: Barbarian is a game of fighting and conquest in combat arenas across the land of Barbaria. Gamers can play in different battle modes against one or more opponents, or experience the rich history of each Barbarian by playing their own Quest. Every successfully completed quest brings the choice of where to go next, and where you choose to go changes the future as much as your victories and defeats.
Excerpt: "Barbarian", a game that was marketed seemingly like a role-playing adventure, is actually more along the lines of a straightforward fighter, such as "Mortal Kombat". "Barbarian" offers an equally trippy bunch of monsters, warriors and other generic types often seen in these games. Players battle it out with simple fighting or spells in a best of 3 series - if the player wins, they recieve points that go towards various skills.
Excerpt: Four player fighting games have always been a bit hit and miss. I don’t know how many of you ever tried the various incarnations of this genre on PSX and DC, but I think I tried all of them. I even tracked down the illusive Thrill Kill, what a waste of time. Anyway, I have a group of mates who get together with me once every few weeks to, putting it quite simply, smoke and drink ourselves stupid while playing a load of four player games.
Excerpt: Barbarian is the latest arena fighting game for the PS2 platform. Players can take the role of one of ten different characters as they battle for supremacy in different environments across the world of Barbaria. If you are looking for an innovative break-the-mold type of title, then Barbarian is not going to be it. However, if you want one of the best fighting games out there, then Barbarian will fit the bill nicely.
Excerpt: Roughly ten years ago, the fighting genre was quite possibly the hottest thing going in the video game industry. With games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, fighters seemed to be the center of the gaming universe. Over time, and after countless rehashes of both franchises, not to mention feeble attempts by other developers to create something at least remotely original, the fighting genre has become ridiculously stale.
Excerpt: Titus gives us Barbarian, an arena based fighter that puts you into a fantasy world in dire need of a good saving. Sound familiar? Barbarian doesn't break a lot of new ground, but it does provide a nice distraction for awhile and hints at some good possibilities. Click here.
Conclusion: Barbarian utilizes a two-button attack mode (one weak & one strong) that is used to develop some nasty combos on your opponent. Ranging from stunning combos to magic gaining spells to just plain brutalizing attacks – the combo system is easily the most important aspect of the game to master. The only complaint about the attack-system is based on the fact that no character attacks low – everyone fights standing and attacks their opponent at the chest.
Excerpt: Barbarian is the story of a game that tries to be more than it actually is. Dressed in fine graphics and combat arenas and talking an elegant story, characters, and combat system, at its heart--Barbarian is only a button-smashing anger-fest. You enter a world controlled by evil as either a good or bad Barbarian, and, as you follow each individual story, face-off against a variety of opponents in combat arenas placed throughout the land called Barbaria.
Excerpt: Barbarian is an attempt at re-creating the manic formula that Capcom used for its Powerstone games, but with a hack-and-slash theme featuring ancient castles, wizards, demons, and more. You'll take on several opponents in a variety of environments, in which you can move around in any direction and even use and interact with certain objects, like rocks, clubs, or even stone pillars.