ClayFighter 63⅓ Sculptor's Cut
Although this "Sculptor's Cut" version of Clay Fighter 63 1/3 has some fun additions by way of new characters, interface and overall package, it still doesn't do much for me. But that's OK since the cart is for rental only. That's right, you don't have to go out and buy this game for $50 or $60--it's as simple as going to your local Blockbuster and paying $3 for a few nights of play time. With that said, by all means go and check it out, especially if you're a fan of the series. If you're not, Sculptor's Cut won't change things for you. One strange thing I've noticed is the frame rate on this version. In some areas, it seems like the original version actually runs a bit faster than its rental counterpart. Still, the animation remains choppy and the character graphics are a bit rough. Other graphics, such as the ones in the intro and the 3D arenas, look really nice. If you're into fighting games with a sense of humor then Sculptor's Cut is for you, but don't go into this game thinking it's going to replace Street Fighter. Sculptor's Cut, just like every other CF game, is all about laughs. Characters spout wacky catch phrases, dozens of themed items fly from you or your opponent when you're hit (i.e., chopsticks from Kung Pow) and combos have some truly ridiculous names. If you're a CF fan, go ahead and give it a rent.
I got my fill of clay fighting from the regular edition of this game, so it was hard for me to get worked up over this for-rent-only update. Sure, you get some new characters and fancier backgrounds, but the game's still plagued by ultra-jerky animation and goofball one-liners that get old quick (despite the excellent voice acting). If you're looking for an easy-to-get-into fighter to toy with during a weekend, by all means rent it.
I probably would've given CF Sculptor's Cut an even lower score if it weren't for the fact that the game is available only for rent and won't cost you too much money to play. It's basically what the first Clay Fighter should've been (additional characters, better backgrounds, etc.), yet somehow the animation is even worse off this time. It was funny the first time around, but the jokes are old now and the new stuff isn't quite enough.
Call it a weakness, but I've always had a soft spot in my heart for this ultra-goofy fighting series. I thought Clay Fighter 63 1/3 was one of the funniest games ever--especially at parties--and this new version oozes more of the oddball humor I crave. It still suffers from the same problems of the original--namely, choppy animation, jarring scene transitions and weak one-player play. But the fighting engine is still quite solid.