Excerpt: NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is a fighting festival: a celebration of the rich history of SNK and their NeoGeo format. It’s a game that is sure to go down well with fans of the famous games and console, but it also should delight the legion of fighting game enthusiasts yearning for another brawl.
Excerpt: It's hard to describe the graphics on Neo Geo Battle Coliseum in a new way, because, well, they're pretty much identical to all the 2D fighters recently released by SNK Playmore. Basically, the fighters are pixely and everything has a look that seems frozen in time from years ago. While you can still have a great fighting game with these kind of looks, you've got to wonder when the update is coming.
Summary: Drawing characters from some of SNK’s biggest and well loved franchises, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum allows the use of the new 2–on–2 Tag Team battle system. This new system allows the player to switch characters during play and to perform ‘team’ attacks on their opponent.
Conclusion: This is the type of game I would at least rent and then maybe look to buy at a normal price, but SNK Playmore has released this title at $20, which I think is an excellent value. If you are into fighting games, this is an easy recommendation. It features a strong roster with plenty of unlockables and challenges to keep you going. I would recommend this to beginning fighter fans unless they are looking for a stark challenge however.
Excerpt: Like an old pair of gloves. Summer, 2005. Flushing, New York. Main Street, Chinatown. I look over my shoulder before stepping past the taped glass door into the underground mall. The hustle and bustle of the crowded streets, festering in the smells of car exhaust, sweat, and Chinese take-out, settles behind me as I scan the stores: A dimly lit shop lined in rows of black-wired shelves along the wall, all full of CDs and DVDs - and all bootleg, of course.
Pros: Balanced and approachable fighting system, Right for both newcomers and hardcore fans, Strong representation of NeoGeo franchises, Looks and sounds a bit dated, Bleh premise, Goodman is a cheesy boss
Conclusion: Shodown. Two characters from the 3D Samurai Shodown games are here, and while Shiki was in SvC Chaos, this is the first time outside of the Neo Geo Pocket Color games that we see a 2D rendition of Asura. Hanzo, Fuuma, and Mudman show up from the forgotten ADK semi-classic World Heroes (which is also being released in a compilation in the near future), and Mr. Big, Mr. Karate (a variation of Ryo) and Lee Pai Long fill out the Art of Fighting roster.
Excerpt: It's always a good idea to bring together a classic cast of video game characters in any game, regardless of the format or genre. When it comes to SNK Playmore, they've got several well-known franchises to draw from, and they did just that by selecting characters from the likes of