Brutal - Paws of Fury
Genesis owners with fur on the brain would be remiss if they skipped over Brutal, a rip-roarin' beast-versus-beast I fighting game by Gametek.
Who's King of the Jungle?
Originally released on the Sega CD, Brutal takes members of the animal kingdom and matches them tooth and claw against one another for some tournament fighting. You can select from one of seven warriors, each with their own unique fighting style.
Although the game version lacks one of the original characters and some opening and interim animation (including the goofy outtakes) that appeared on the CD, the Gene sis game has undergone some changes that have improved the overall game play.
The most apparent change is the vast increase in speed. The original Sega CD version seemed to move in slow motion, but that problem has been eliminated. Zoom! In addition, Cametek has tweaked the controls for the game. The fighters respond much more quickly than before, which is good news for combo jockeys!
Unfortunately, the foregrounds that hinder game play by blocking the view of both your character and your opponent remain in the game version. You can't have everything.
The sound in Brutal has been reduced to the bare minimum. Most of the digitized speech and cool tunes are gone, but the punching and kicking sound effects keep their bone-shattering clarity.
Take a Bite
An interesting aspect of this game is the special-move setup, which requires you to earn the use of "Katas." As your karate critter earns higher belt levels, these new moves are taught by the exalted Dali Llama himself. A password option allows you to return to any game with all the moves you've learned. Brutal offers standard best-of-three one-player or two-player options where only the strong survive...just like in the jungle.
ProTip: The "taunt" move is a good way to replenish your energy, but do it from a distance because it leaves you open for a mouthful of knuckles.
- In the Prince Leon bridge stage, lure your opponent to one end, and then push them off the bridge. It's a cheesy...er, easy way to win the match.
- Pin the opponent in a comer and rain a flood of weak kicks and punches on them. They can block a few, but eventually they'll succumb.
- Remember the moves taught to you by the Bali Llama. Write them down if you have to! Most are pad and button combinations that may seem unfamiliar to SFII and MK veterans.
- Don't let your opponent get you in the comer -- they'll pummel you into a ball of fluff. If you're about to be trapped, jump!
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- Manufacturer: GameTek
- Machine: Sega
So you manna be an animal, huh? Brutal: Paws of Fury is just the ticket you've been waiting for. The special moves for each character take some practice and, until you master them, be prepared to become fodder for all your enemies.
- Machine: 32X.
- Manufacturer: by GameTek.
You're An Animal!
Everyone's favorite game of cartoon fighting animals has taken a leap 32,000 colors into the future. That's right, it's Brutal: Paws of Fury for 32X!
The Sega CD version of this nifty little title has sold extremely well, and now GameTek has added some new characters, a few new surprises, and improved the move system a little. Sound cool? Hell yeah!
Only a couple of pictures to show so far, but there's more than enough cartoony goodness to give us pause and make us sit up and beg for more.
- Theme: Fighting
An unusual fighting game is making its way to the Sega CD (and Genesis later on). It's called Brutal and it takes cartoon characters and puts a story around each one. The fighters range from Tai Cheetah, to Rhei Rat the Kick Boxer. Each has his own path and way of life. The winner of the tournament will go on to face the Dali Llama in a test of skill. Can you defeat the famed warrior?
Brutal looks really good, and there are plenty of cinemas to show the aspects of each fighter. The plots behind each one are great, and the moves are really cool. This cart stands out from the rest.
Younger gamers should like Brutal, a cartoony version of more violent fighting games like Mortal Kombat. Colorful graphics, humorous characters, and fast fists make this game endearing.
Paws for Concern
The SNES Brutal is almost identical to last fall's Sega CD version. You match up cartoon animals like Tai Cheetah and Foxy Roxy, each with their own moves and philosophy, in one-on-one fights. One Sega CD character and the lively CD outtakes are missing, but you can still choose from seven fun fighters. Younger gamers will cherish them like Saturday-urday-morning cartoon pals.
SFII vets will like the improved game play. Gametek responded to criticism of its Sega CD game by making the SNES game faster and the special moves easier to master. As you progress through the game, you learn special moves, called Katas that are devastatingly effective. Rhei Rat's Lightning Fury packs 30 punches into 1.5 seconds! Brutal's also a more offensive- minded game than it was on the CD. These factors make this Brutal better.
- Do your fighting in open areas where foreground objects don't block your view.
- Kendo Coyote has a longer reach than most of his opponents, so take advantage by quickly going on the attack.
The graphics display bright colors and strong details. Foreground elements occasionally obstruct the fight, but you might not notice when characters show off their unique personalities. The sounds are good, but you may wish for more roars from these kombat critters.
Veteran kombateers probably won't identify with these cutesy animals, though there's enough martial arts action to keep any fight fan interested. Younger fighters, however, will really thrive in this big, bright, Brutal world.
A new fighter has to be something special to survive. On one hand, Brutal has several features that make it unique. But on the other hand, Brutal is ultimately just another average fighter.
Now that we've seen fighting games made with robots, clay, turtles, and even balls, it's only natural that somebody turned to the jungle for inspiration. Brutal uses a variety of kombat kritters to spark some interest in a jungle jam. Each character has deep roots in real martial arts ideology (for instance, Kung Fu Bunny is characterized as Right Thinking), and this attention to martial arts detail is evident throughout.
Each of the ten fighters has their own regular moves, but special moves have to be earned. You can play against the computer, where the object is to fight until you reach the Dali Llama, or against a friend, where you fight in a best-of-three match.
- Keep your opponent m the corner and repeatedly nail them with leaping kicks. They have to come up for air eventually, and when they do, you'll be there to nail 'em.
- Mix up your attacks. Use a fierce punch at the end of a series of kicks and vice versa.
- Use the special moves you've acquired as soon as the match starts. Most opponents wiH be unprepared.
Control is a problem. In the regular mode, the game is so slow, it's hard to tell whether you're playing or watching the slo-mo replay. In faster modes, the moves are difficult to pull off in comparison to other games (like MK's Sub-Zero moves).
Lookin'for a Fight
The game's graphics deliver but don't dazzle. Each character is well drawn and has cute, cartoony reactions to hits, but the backgrounds often get in the way of the action. This effect is intentional, but after a while it detracts from the fights and leaves you frustrated that you can't see what's hitting you. The sounds are good and deliver some jacked jungle jams. Brutal's music is a house sound that's been around, but you'll groove. The sound effects are typical roars, groans, and smack attacks.
Additional perks include outtakes of eliminated scenes, detailed bios on each character, and a Brutal band that cranks the tunes. But these perks don't pop when compared to the game's flaws -- somebody's got to be Brutal about this.
Brutal: Paws of Fury is a standard one-on-one beat 'em up across a variety of levels, with mostly outdoor terrain. The game was published by GameTek Inc. in 1994. The game features a full cast of anthropomorphic animals as selectable fighters. The game also featured an ability to learn new moves and save them via a password feature. You start the game without special moves, but get a new one after each successful best-of-three bout.
This is a fighting among the heroes of Disney cartoons. Having received the invitation from Dalai Llama, to take part in the tournament, eight strongest have cartoon fighters gathered: rabbit Kun-fu, coyote Kendo, fox Roxy, cheetah Thaw, bear Ivan, rat Ray, panther and lion. There is no telling which of them will have "the Heavenly Belt", because at first you need to overcome 9 fighters , including secrete crocodile Karate and Dalai llama. But the brave contenders don't lose hopes because their skills are growing after each victory
So choose your beast and set off to learn new fighting skills.