All fighting games try to create their own form of video martial arts. With Supreme Warrior for 3DO, Digital Pictures decided to go to the source.
This first-person-perspective, live-action fighting extravaganza was filmed entirely on location at the world-famous Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong using real martial artists and Kung Fu movie stars. Warrior's excellently produced adventure will capture the imaginations of kung fu movie buffs, but the involved controls may imprison fighting gamers.
You play as a young Chinese martial arts student who must retrieve a magic mask from an evil mystical menace named Fang Tu. Three warlords and six bodyguards stand in your way, but beating them one-on-one earns you a variety of fighting skills and special powers, which you need for the showdown with Tu.
The live-action visuals and sounds are excellent. Yes, it's like being in a kung fu movie, with sets designed like an ancient Chinese village, fighters flying through the air, and the whole bit. The convincing actors belittle your skills with appropriately melodramatic dialogue. The top-notch production values and the authentic fighting action compel you to continue your fighting quest.
Supreme Warrior's complicated controls require supreme practice. In fact, you'll feel like you're learning a martial art before you master the game's ten basic punches and kicks and three blocks. A single move can require hitting a button, a directional, and shift button, which subjects first-timers to major finger fumbling. Eventually, the controls respond crisply, but you endure beatings in the process.
Add to that the fact that Warrior's designed so opponents are open to hits only at certain instances during a match, and you've got a nasty struggle on your hands. Fighters who crave ihstant gratification are out of luck.
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Kung fu movie fans will get a kick out of Supreme Warrior in more ways than one. It definitely takes time and patience to master the game, but if you do, you're in for a rousing martial arts adventure. The only thing missing is the subtitles.
- Swel-Jin is susceptible to kicks.
- Learning to block Is key to your survival since you can only score a hit at certain times. Also, a good block absorbs your opponent's Chi power.
- A Palm strike or a punch will Mock an attack.
- Save your Chi power. Don't make unnecessary moves.
- Look for a Babality!
- The Earth Warlord is your strongest opponent. Don't begin your i quest with him.
Download Supreme Warrior
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
I'm getting tired of full-motion video-based titles. They all lack the interaction that makes good games. Supreme Warrior is no exception. The video in Supreme Warrior looks good (a rarity), but the actual game isn't much fun. The enemy attacks are hard to block. At times, it seems like you aren't getting anywhere. If you want a fighting game that tries to be different, this is it, but it's only average.
I have never truly liked FMV video games and combining that with a ... urn ... fighting game, just doesn't come off too well. The video quality is decent, something Digital Pictures seems to handle well and the theme sounds cool enough, but the game play suffers. It's hard to block enemy attacks since they throw everything. An original idea that comes off as an average game.
After playing Supreme Warrior, I think it's safe to say that I have seen everything there is to see in fighting games. The first-person fighting perspective is a great idea, but the FMV really kills the game. Although the overall graphics of the game are very good, the overlay of your hands on-screen is cheesy. Control is okay. At best, the kung fu-movie look of the video offers good humor value.
Well, this isn't Street Fighter, but it was never intended to be. Actually. I think the first-person perspective in a fighting game is rather innovative. The game as a whole reminds me of watching Samurai Sunday chop-'em-up flicks. It has a quirky appeal that strict fighting fans may not get into. It does have good graphics and controls well. The fighting scenes are difficult but refreshing.