Review: Fantasy Strike (PlayStation 4)

Fantasy Strike

A fighting game designed from the ground up to be so easy to control that even non-fighting game players can play it, yet deep enough to play in tournaments. Vibrant graphics and excellent online play.

Pros:

  • Cartoon Anime-style graphics.
  • 3.91gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Fighting gameplay.
  • Four modes-Online, solo, local play and practice.
  • Stats screen.
  • Really good voice work.
  • Crossplay support.
  • Game-fighting game with a difference, you can’t crouch, it’s all about countering actions and combo moves including a special Yomi counter move where you do nothing to block.
  • Can choose a name for online play. (text entry)
  • Online seasons.
  • Solo-Arcade, Daily, survival, boss rush, and a single match.
  • 10 characters with four types of a fighter–Wild Card, grappler, rush down and zoner. You can change costumes and color.
  • Arcade–six matches and is story mode giving you each character cutscenes and an ending.
  • Practice–Can set AI stance/situation for attacking/defense.
  • Local play-standard and team battle (3v3).
  • Spectator support.
  • Learn- instructional videos on each character playstyle.
  • 10 awesome looking levels.
  • Intense action.

Fantasy Strike

Cons:

  • The big learning curve as all the mechanics go against your instincts.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Difficult.
  • Arcade mode has no difficulty options.
  • Won’t be for everyone.
  • Cheap AI at times.

Fantasy Strike

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Fantasy Strike is a game like no other fighting game I have played. It is not about straight-up brawling but more about counters, combos and canceling attacks. It might sound daunting and it is but that subsides after you fight every instinct and play how they want. It gets very much a game about timing and methodology rather than mashing and praying. It is actually both refreshing and surprising how well the game plays and the many many modes available to you. Each character feels and plays unique, they get their own arcade mode complete with Story cutscenes and an ending. It has potential to be a real hit among fans but it does have such a high barrier of access as the controls just feel so unnatural, some will breeze the change whilst others may take a lot of time. It doesn’t help that arcade mode has no difficulty options but you do have practice. Be prepared for a lengthy tutorial and open yourself up to a new way of fighting and Fantasy Strike is a sure-fire winner.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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