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Fighting Masters (Genesis) review


"A peculiar fighting game for the SEGA Genesis but oodles of fun to play"


Fighting Games would become the flavor of the week during the 90s, especially after the high success of Street Fighter II. Even when there were fighting games before SFII came about, it was a sure thing to assume that said genre became even more common, distributing to various consoles and having adaptations of other fighting games from arcades who were also cashing in the Capcom title's popularity. Although not many fighting games were as successful or even playable, Fighting Masters for SEGA Genesis was a special kind of exception among the few.

Fighting Masters was released in 1992 for Sega Genesis in America, a year when fighting games were becoming quite popular thanks to the success of Capcom's Street Fighter II, therefore you could say this game would have a good chance in being added to the fighting game craze.

The game's story reveals an intergalactic tournament on which warriors representing their own respective planets fight against one another to ensure a bout with the mighty Valgasu and receive a chance to save their respective star systems from galactic annihilation as the prize.

The game play itself is as simple as the story, only two buttons used for battle having one for attack and one for jumping. However the fun of the matches focus on grappling, having various wrestling moves you can accomplish quite easily. Characters get stunned momentarily if they get hit by a normal attack, leaving them open for a power move which deals more damage to the opponent Depending on the character, said grappling moves can hit their opponent multiple times against walls and on the ground when executed.

The characters, while small, are well detailed and sharp looking, making them look like miniatures fighting against one another in an enclosed area. The stages are also well designed and colorful, although there aren't many and are recycled throughout the cycle of opponents you face. The music and sound effects are quite crisp and enjoyable, setting the right mood for the action. There is not much in the way of options for the game, most being basic to set the difficulty and gamepad configuration.

Fighting Masters is pretty much a basic fighting game relying in fast game play and responsive control. If you crave for a quick game to satisfy a boring afternoon, then this game is pretty much it. No complicated storylines, no fuss, just sheer fighting fun. At times, this is pretty much all that matters in a game overall.

3.5/5

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Community review by CptRetroBlue (December 16, 2018)

Cpt. Retro likes old school gaming the most and grew up playing Arcade games in Mexico. He also loves talking about retrogaming.

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