Review by Duke Nukem

"A fresh, original fighter. Wow, sure has been a while huh?"

It has been a long time since there was a fresh, original fighter. The last one was Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64. Most other fighters were simply beat-'em-ups a la Mortal Kombat/Street Fighter. Well, Power Stone is very fresh, and very fun.

Graphics: 10/10
The graphics are smooth. The graphics are fluid. The graphics are, as Cartman would say, ''sweeet''. This game has an anime-style look to it. The entire arena is a real 3-D, meaning you can roam around and don't have to face your opponet. The special moves are very flashy as are the power-ups.

Sound:8/10
Eh, the sound could use some tweaking. On the other hand, it doesn't detract from the fun since it's barely heard. The sound effects are all crystal clear and dead-on.

Control: 10/10
The control simply kicks ass. It's very responsive and dead-on.

Gameplay: 10/10
Like everything else, this area rocks too. You pick one of around 9 fighters, then try and fight everyone. You can roam freely in each of the boards. Think of it as a platformer combined with a fighter. It's kinda like Super Smash Bros. turned 3-D. You can use chairs, tables, anything as a weapon. Occasionally, real weapons like swords, basookas, flamethrowers, etc. will drop onto the field, but you'll be too busy collecting the Power Stones to notice. Power Stones? Yep. Collect the three Power Stones, red, blue & yellow, to transform into your super-powered self. If your opponet gets the stones before you do, consider your self dead. Luckily, a powerful hit can knock your opponet's stones out of him for you to grab.

Overall: 10/10
I could only find 3 things wrong with this game. First, the music isn't a whole lot good. Second, the low choice of characters. Third, once your opponet gets all 3 stones, it only takes him two special moves to kill you. You can try and run so that his super-self is drained, but you will probably not be successful. Despite these flaws, this is a very fun and original game. I suggest you buy right away, but you may want to rent to see if you like it.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 04/18/00, Updated 04/18/00


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