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Genpei Tou Ran [ 源平闘乱] Game Sample - PC/Doujin

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Genpei Tou Ran (or "The Genji and Heike Fight War") is a fighting Doujin game based around Namco's odd oldie Arcade game, Genpei Toumaden (or Genpei Touma Den / "The Genji and Heike Tale of the Demon's Demise"). The series has had little exposure outside of Japan, with the original game being released in the compilation "Namco Museum Vol. 4" as "The Genji and the Heike Clans", its PC-Engine sequel being released in the U.S. under the title of "Samurai Ghost", and a cameo of the main character (a resurrected "Taira no Kagekiyo") is seen in Tales of Eternia (A.K.A. "Takes of Destiny II"). You can read more about Genpei Toumaden at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genpei_T%C5%8Dma_Den

To say that this game's creation is odd would be an understatement; after all, with all the stuff you could have reinvented into a fighting game, a mildly successful action game from the mid 80s would seem pretty low on the priority list, but the devs' (Team Neo-Kogume) enthusiasm shows as the game is surprisingly faithful to its origins and pretty authentic with detailed new character models, nice stage designs, and an expanded plot. While not as unusual as, say, making a fighter out of "Necros no Yousai", you gotta give the team a lot of credit. The fighting is fairly simplistic in the sense that characters have three primary attack buttons and a deflection button to ward off attacks with little in the ways of consecutive chain attacks and combos (barring four characters or so), with the devs opting for a more classic approach. Each character has at least three super specials and fight through various stages while interacting with other characters. The game's final boss is an EX-Version of "Minamoto no Yoritomo", who is a playable character but features SNK Boss Syndrome in Story Mode where his attacks are multiplied by three and he has a more powerful ultimate attack.

The graphics and animation are okay; some things look a little odd, but are generally pretty good. What helps this game shine is the dynamic backgrounds; few FM games put much detail into the stage designs and focused primarily on the characters (if anything), though there were some exceptions like the Morning Musume Fighter (Battle Festival), Vanguard Princess, and Super Cosplay Wars. The audio is laughable in the sense that it mainly recycles the old-school bleeps and bloops of yesteryear with basic .midi themes and low-quality digitized voice samples, similarly to Necros no Yousai. Strangely, it doesn't bother me for the most part and I somehow got used to it... it's less obnoxious than NnY anyway. Overall, it's pretty good though. The game is quite large... about 800MB uncompressed, and comes with a Normal and Hard version. You can get the game at:

http://humind.sakura.ne.jp/game/genpei/index.html

This is a video of the game in action. I somehow beat it on my first run, so I kept the whole thing, lol. Enjoy.
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