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Neo Geo Pocket Power

Gal Fighters
Reader Review by Matt Wall
Genre: Fighting
Players: 1-2

The graphics are awesome. They're the best graphics yet on any NGPC game. The animations are all smooth, the sprites are bigger, and the moves all look nicer. The backgrounds seem a little lackluster, like they could have added more animations or more inspiring back grounds, but that doesn't really hurt the game.

The gameplay is, as with all NGPC fighters i have played, right on. The moves are easy to pull off, unless you have been playing for 2 or 3 hours straight and your thumb gets sore. They have also added a few new moves to keep things exciting. The only problem i have with gameplay is that the items could have been a little more creative (adding the ability to up the items would have been cool), and maybe some minigames or something, it just seemed kinda short if you don't like to play fighters over and over (which i do). All in all though, this has a real nice game engine and design. Another problem i did have, which wasn't a problem but something that should be brought up, was that the game is definitely targeting girls. Besides the all girl cast, which could be considered a marketing scam towards horny teenage boys, the moves in the game have a more comic edge. Mai has a super special (Mighty Bop as they're called in the game) that enlarges her fan 100 times and she bops the foe on the head, akari has a frying pan for a strong punch, and when you run the feet get the cartoonish "wheel" look. This is cool, but for die-hardcore gamers this might be a let down, just want you to know that.

There are 8 characters to begin with (Mai Shiranui, Shiki, Yuri Sakazaki, Shermie, Athena Asimaya, Akari Ijayou, Leona, and Nakoruru) and 3 characers to unveil (Yuri, a school girl with comical moves, Whip, the most vile female character in any fighting game, and the notorious Ms. X, i won't spoil the suprise there). The cast may seem small, but i like the characters and there's definetly depth to using each one effectively.

The music is standard handheld fare. Nothing special but fitting the mood. There isn't much to say about it really. In conclusion, if you aren't a huge fighting game fan and have Match of the Millenum, don't get this. You already have everything you need. But if you really like fighting games, it's a good buy. The music is okay, not really irritating (at least not to me, play with your favorite cd blarring if you like), the graphics rock (when you kill an opponent with a Mighty Bob, it shows pictures of them and their associate characters from other games on the Background which looks really cool), the gameplay is really good (except maybe the AI, which kinda sits there and blocks a lot until you start to hurt it, then it gets tough when it's down to a third of health or so), the characters rock, the items are cool (though could have been better, and i'm sure they'll will be for the Q.O.F 2nd annual tourney), and it is a change of pace for those of you who don't want to take your fighting games too seriously all the time.

My scores,
Graphics: 10 out of 10
Sound: 8 out of 10
Gameplay: 9 out of 10
Design: 8.5 out of 10
My Opinion: 9 out of 10
Total: 9 out of 10

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