It's X-citing, but it's not quite X-tasy. X-Caliber 2097, Activision's new hack-n-slasher, backs futuristic swordplay with a driving soundtrack to deliver a good game you can dance to.
The year is 2097, and Raptor has taken over Neo New York. You play his nemesis, Slash (no, not the rock guitarist), battling through the mean streets against hordes of enemies in search of the head queso himself. Each of the six stages has a vicious end boss with a name like Spuke, Dr. Blaster, or Chainsaw. These vile villains morph during the fight, changing into deadly new enemies you must then destroy. Two-Player Duel mode enables you to mix and match Slash and all the bosses in head-to-head competition. It's a good alternative to the search-and-destroy fights.
Your only weapon against Raptor's rowdies is X-Caliber, a wondrous sword that has a variety of attacks. Control is generally quick and easy, but one major drawback hinders the sword's efficiency: a time- delay of the slow Energy Bolt attack. This is one of your main maneuvers, but you're frozen into position and vulnerable to attack as you wait for the Energy Bolt to gradually float across the screen. Though you'll sustain lots of damage, you'll find I990s-style food power-ups on your quest -- evidently the future includes sodas and burgers.
ProTip: You have to be airborne to successfully hit Stage 4 s morphing blue blobs. Be sure to grab the 1-up and the snacks just before your tackle these tough enemies.
X-citing Graphics and Sounds
Realistic urban backgrounds and an army of quick- moving enemies make this a fine- looking game. You might wish the bosses were bigger and more awesome, as they were in MazinSaga, VicTokai's recent hack-n-slash game for the Genesis. In X-Caliber most of the bosses are no bigger than you are. Still, this game is worth a look.
The sounds steal the show, a typical feature of recent Activision games. As with BioMetal, there's a propulsive soundtrack from a name band. Here Psykosonik adds a powerful technobeat to the proceedings. You'll also hear some decent sound effects -- growls, echoes, and so on -- as you bite the Neo Big Apple.
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While it's not the greatest hack- n-slash of all time, it's still in the upper echelon. Whip out X-Caliber -- it's sharp.
- When Tattoo, the stage 1 boss, goes into a crouch, he's about to nail you with his long-range Rose attack.
- At the end of the Stage 2 Chainsaw morphs into this killer robot. Fight him from a distance -- in close he'll saw you with his arm.
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In the year 2097, neo-New York is ruled by the vicious Raptor. Using an army of "Morphs", evil mutating henchmen, Raptor has succeeded in enslaving the citizens of this once-great city. Life has come to a standstill...
Slash and Alix are the last of the special forces who have not been corrupted by Raptor's influence. Your mission is to help Slash and Alix in their fight to overthrow Raptor's reign of terror. Your only weapon is the sword X-Kaliber which can slice through even the strongest steel like it was paper. Take on X-Kaliber 2097 if you're feeling especially bold. This cart is not for the weak!
- Manufacturer: Activision
- # of players: 1 or 2
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: February 1994
- Number of Levels: 6
- Theme: Action
In the year 2097 life as we know it has ground to a halt. People do what they're told or they do nothing at all. Neo NY is run by a ruthless warlord named Raptor. Raptor runs the city for the global mafia.
Only two people stand in his way: an agent named Slash and his partner named Alix. Slash has the precious X-Kaliber sword. Raptor knows that he will never rule the city until Slash is out of the picture for good. He also knows that Slash's sword is better than his own and he hates him for it. Slash must fight through all of the minor Bosses to reach Raptor so he can end his reign of terror.
- Manufacturer: Activision
- Machine: Super NES
This is an average side-scrolling hack-and-slash your way through the levels. Plenty of enemies to get rid of, yet the entire thing is boring and rather routine. The control isn't the best either, but fans of this type may like it.
X-Kaliber 2097 is a Super NES action game published by Activision. This game was released as Sword Maniac in Japan. The game belongs to the retrofuturistic subgenre of cyberpunk, as it attempts to portray a distant future based on a lack of knowledge of future (now present) events. (see Retro-futurism) The game takes place in the near-anarchic future of the year 2097, in which the world's economy has been devastated, governments have collapsed, and organized crime has gained dramatic influence.