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Fighter's Destiny

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Reviewed by Brett Miller Fighters....One of the rudimentary building blocks of a software line-up. Playstation has the Tekken franchise, Sega enjoy Virtual Fighter. And Nintendo..well, fighter's have been slim for the powerful N64. And what offerings have come down the pipe have been mediocre at best. Then along comes Fighter's Destiny. In a genre fraught with unoriginal button smashing 25 hit combos, comes a truly inventive and pleasing fighter.

Graphics 7 out of 10

The graphics overall are beautiful. While character design ranges form the unoriginal to the down-right stolen identity, the backgrounds and rings are enjoyable. The fighters themselves move with an all too realistic quality that is also a sheer pleasure to watch. Details like facial expressions could have been better accomplished and the trademark Nintendo 64 "fuzziness" is also way too prevalent, but I've seen worse...

Music and Sound 4 out of 10

Ok, here's probably something each of you who buy the game will eventually burn me in effigy for...I gave Fighter's Destiny an 4 out of 10 for one simple reason; hearing that punk announcer yell "KNOCKDOWN!" is awesome. Especially when you're humiliating your friend and you've scored the winning 3 points. Why didn't this get a "higher" score you ask? Well, that same announcer will get on your last nerve 5 minutes into playing this game. It actually makes you wish the N64 had less voice capability..if you can believe that

Game Challenge 9 out of 10

For a fighter to come along that takes 5 minutes to learn and infinite time to master says a lot. The game is deep, with hidden moves, characters, and options. You can change everything from ring size to point value to the volume of the announcer's voice. You keep coming back to this game, if for no other reason, to earn an extra move or once again disgrace one of your buddies.

Game Play-Fun 10 out of 10

Get it. If you're a fighting fan..definitely. If you don't traditionally like fighters, I think you might like this one. I'm a fighting fanatic, and this game still stands out for me in so many areas. I think highly of the completely under-publicized game. It's worth every penny it costs, and there aren't many games on the market for the N64 you can say that about.

Rumble Pak 10 out of 10

Every been slammed in the jaw so hard that you get knocked to the floor? Me either, but the rumble pack may give you a taste. It's mind-numbingky frustrating getting caught with a knockdown hit, but even more so when that damned controller is twitching in your hand. I'm a huge supporter of rumble pack technology. It' gives you an extra dose of "you're there".


Not really an issue with this game. You learn some basic moves to get started, than you learn technique, then you attempt to master it.

Replayability 8 out of 10

You'll be back, oh'll be back for more indeed. Fighter's Destiny has two things going for it with regards to replayability. A really fun and exciting one-player experience (hidden characters and moves) and of course the mainstay of any good game. Multi- or Two-player. It's a fighter, so theres always a good game of knuckle sandwich exchange ready to go.

Game Value 10 out of 10

When it first came out, you would probably have to be a fighting fan to warrant the $60 purchase price, but Fighter's Destiny has been reduced to a mere $49, and that friends, will be money well spent. This was a completely under-hyped game, and that is a shame, because this is one of the rare standouts in the otherwise spotty N64 lineup

Overall 9 out of 10

Excellent replay value, good to great graphics, and the most unique scoring system to grace any fighting game make Fighter's Destiny a real pleasure to play. And best of al, there's none of the pesky "buyer's remorse" for shelling out hard earned dollars for this one. It's a keeper.

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