Hey there everybody! Welcome back to another Arcade Action. This month's first game is Banpresto's latest fighting game Dragonball Z. Based on the wildly popular Japanese cartoon series of the same name, Dragonball Z is a fighting game with a major attitude!
Before we go any further, let me make one thing clear. The inclusion of this game in Arcade Action is kind of a first for this column. The reason being is that I don't know if this game is going to make it to the States! The reason I included it here is because this game is so cool, I had to show it to you!
Basically, Dragonball Z operates pretty much like the typical fighting game. Each character has his/her own special moves and combos that are performed by using different button joystick combinations. There is a life meter at the top of the screen, and depending on what you hit your opponent with, the damage is recorded here. The first player to lose all of his or her life is the loser. Graphically, this game is totally amazing. The characters are animated so well, that you'll be totally freaked! Keep your fingers crossed that Banpresto releases Dragonball Z in the U.S.
Nostradamus was an ancient cleric who predicted many future events with astounding accuracy. Now, Arcade Man is going to make a prediction of his own: you are going to go to the arcade and bang your head in anger against an arcade cabinet! The name of this game is Face Co's Nostradamus. It's a shooter of mythic proportions!
This game is a shooter fan's dream come true! You pick up various power ups and enhancements while you navigate your way through a constant barrage of enemy fire. The difficulty level of this game is awesome! It's difficult without being totally impossible. Be prepared to shell out some major tokens, though. Once you start playing Nostradamus, you will be hooked!
The backgrounds, enemy ships and cinematic displays will convince you instantly that Nostradamus is a fine piece of work. The Face Co. has really done a fine job with the entire game. Everything about this game is just plain cool. The action really heats up in the Two-player Mode!
Surprisingly, this shooter (unlike some others) is great at keeping your attention span. Make your own arcade history with Nostradamus!