Title: Battle Fantasia Revised Edition
Platform: Steam, Windows
Reviewed on: Windows
Players: Single player, Versus 1v1 (local or online)
Written by Bad Demoman 4th August 2015
Battle Fantasia is a fighting game designed by my “favourite” fighting game developer, Arc System Works. Originally released in 2006 on Arcades, it wouldn't be seen in America till 2008, and of course us in the EU wouldn't see it till 2009. A full 9 years after its original release, it's now seeing a PC port worldwide. With its whimsical fantasy style, it can easily draw you in, but can it compete with the abundance of fighting games currently available?
The livelihood and a large majority of the fun in a fighting game comes from its variety of characters. Marvel vs Capcom 3, for example, has a bloated roster of 48 and Street Fighter 4 has racked up 44 playable characters across its many iterations. Battle Fantasia has a roster of 12 characters. This is by no means automatically a bad thing – a smaller roster can make a fighting game more approachable and easy to learn, with less matchups to worry about and less characters to learn. Smaller rosters can also mean more focussed designs and a lot more depth to the characters. This is, unfortunately, not the case with Battle Fantasias diminutive cast. Arc Sys is usually well known for their interesting, out-
But perhaps the movesets will bring some variety, as after all the moveset is what really defines a character. Again, not the case. There's a Shoto, the aforementioned Grappler, a bog standard Charge character and a kung-
While treading no new ground with the characters or story, at least Battle Fantasias graphical style is unique. Its attempts at an RPG style are interesting, but largely superficial. Health bars are represented with an HP number alongside the standard health bar, and numbers showing how much damage is dealt display when hits connect. If the RPG inspiration had any effect on the gameplay, it would've added a uniqueness that Battle Fantasia sorely lacks in. Perhaps if characters were able to level-
Fighting games are massively reliant on their communities, as you'll be spending most of your time playing against others rather than the CPU. However, I predict that Battle Fantasia will be unable to sustain a community for particularly long. With its lack of interesting characters and scarcity of anything unique to offer at all, I don't see any reason why Battle Fantasia should be your fighting game of choice. But hey, Arc Sys kept the re-
Unique Graphical Style.
Underutilized RPG style.
Battle Fantasia gets a 5/10.