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Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: To be honest, we have never heard of Yu Yu Hakusho the bizarrely named anime series that this game is based on. However, for the purpose of this review, and especially for all you like-minded clueless types out there, we have done some serious research. Yu Yu Hakusho follows the exploits of the delinquent Yusuke Urameshi, who uncharacteristically sacrifices himself to protect a child who is about to be hit by a car.
Excerpt: It's a little odd that we're reviewing a game that appears to have been out in the US for almost a full year, but seeing as the nice Atari PR guy sent us the game, it's only polite that we treat it like any other. Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament is a videogame of the popular cartoon (I can't say the name rings any bells myself) and brings the one vs. one fighting seen in the show to the PlayStation 2. The most impressive part of the game is the rather authentic visuals.
Excerpt: Being an anime-based video game designer must be great. Think of all the job security that comes with it; you already have the characters, so absolutely no originality is necessary. You’ll likely be familiar with all the special moves, cutscenes, and voices, allowing you to cobble together whatever kind of game you want and throw creativity out the window. If all else fails, you can always fall back on the fans.
Excerpt: Yu Yu Hakusho is a lot like Dragon Ball Z. The main difference is that there is a whole lot more fighting and a lot less screaming about power levels in Yu Yu Hakusho. Both series focus on groups of powerful fighters taking on all comers...
Excerpt: Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament bears a striking resemblance to Atari's own Dragon Ball Z: Budokai fighting series. Aside from both being part of a deal between the anime tycoons at Funimation and the French gaming impresarios at Atari, both sport cel-shaded graphics, relatively simple fighting systems, and story modes that are well above average within the realm of fighting games.
Conclusion: To be perfectly honest, I really can’t see why anyone but a big fan of the anime would go out and buy this game. There are many fighting games on PlayStation2, and the majority of them are head and shoulders above what Digital Fiction have failed to achieve with Yu Yu. It’s a shame really as it could have been fun, but it just doesn’t deliver the goods and fighting game essentials that people expect in 2005.
Pros: Lots of characters from the TV show., Plenty of unlockable stuff., Story mode is great, if you’re into the anime.
Cons: Very basic combat system., Unresponsive controls., No depth to the characters moves.
Excerpt: Yu Yu HaKusho n'ayant jamais véritablement percé en France (et ce malgré la parution de la série TV en coffrets et d'un film), nous n'avons jamais eu la chance de voir arriver les jeux vidéo issus de la série. Cependant, ceci n'a pas empêché Atari de distribuer ces fameux titres dans quelques pays européens.