Review by Pseudo Bushin

"A1 Games has yet to disappoint me."

Battle Hunter is a four player role playing game from A1 Games, a division of Agetec that specializes in bargain titles for the Playstation. All of A1's games, including this one, cost only ten dollars. For Battle Hunter in particular, the ten dollars you pay is more than worth it. Here's why.

Graphics (6/10): I'm not going to lie to you here. Battle Hunter's graphics are Super Nintendo quality. Everything is two-dimensional, with not a single polygon in sight, and the animation is nothing that a 16-bit system couldn't handle. Even so, the sprites are colorful and functional for the game, and it's easy to tell what everything is. The graphics aren't flashy, but then again, they don't need to be.

Sound (8/10): The sound in Battle Hunter is very good. The sound effects all sound like you would expect them to, from the slash of a sword to the rapid firing of a machine gun. All of the sound effects work well.

The music is also very good. The tunes that you hear are all catchy and fun to listen to, from '''80s Memory'' to ''Eyes On Mind'' to the song that plays when Gon, the game's most powerful monster, makes his appearance. The songs fit well with the theme of the game, and there's not really any songs that seem out of place.

Gameplay (9/10): The gameplay of Battle Hunter is extremely addicting. The format of the game is unique, and it plays like a combination of a role playing game and a board game. There are four players in the dungeon, and they must take turns moving around the dungeon, collecting items and battling monsters as they go. The item boxes are scattered randomly about the dungeon, as are the players. When it's a player's turn, he or she must draw a card to choose how many spaces that player can move. Once in a while, monsters will appear in the dungeon, and will attack any players they come near. One of the item boxes in the dungeon contains a special target item; the goal is to find the target item and then reach the dungeon's exit to win. However, once a player gets the target item, other players are able to attack the player in an effort to steal the item. This results in a fun, frantic game as players rush to find the target item first, and fight the players that have the items they want. Between games, a player is able to sell any items he or she collected previously. Money that you gain can be used to level your character up, RPG-style. The gameplay is simple, yet addicting and very fun, especially with multiple players.

Story (5/10): The evolution of technology causes a great war that almost completely destroys mankind. However, mankind somehow survives, and tries to rebuild their former civilization. The people need to explore dungeons to find the lost technology they need to accomplish this, and the task rests upon hired mercenaries called Hunters. Nothing mind blowing, but not terrible either.

Replay Value (10/10): Battle Hunter gives you many reasons to keep playing. Creating characters and leveling them up will keep you entertained for quite a while, as will the many different items you can collect. Some items have special properties, such as items that enhance your character's abilities when you have one, and items that unlock new backgrounds for the menu screen. The biggest source of replay value is the multiplayer mode, where you can test your character's abilities out against up to three other friends. Battle Hunter never ceases to be lots of fun.

Overall: Battle Hunter is a fantastic RPG that, while simplistic and somewhat primitive, is an incredibly fun game. At its ten dollar price, it would be a shame if you passed this one up. So round up a few friends, head into the dungeons, and experience the fun that Battle Hunter can bring you.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 05/29/02, Updated 05/29/02

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