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: Call me impressed. Judging from early screenshots and movies of Barbarian , I didn't go into this thing expecting much. However, from the opening screen until the end I was really impressed with the look of the entire game. Everything has a very high-quality look. Muscles ripple, fur moves, rock faces really look like rock faces - for a time everything seems right in the world. Yet, things are not since the game is plagued by both camera and clipping issues.