Eternal Champions (Sega Genesis, 1993)
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|The mysterious being known only as the Eternal Champion has temporarily brought back nine of the world's greatest warriors to find the one fighter worthy enough to save the planet. The lucky person shall be granted a second chance to prevent whatever it was that cut his or her life short. Since there can only be one, a tournament has been set up to determine the fates of those involved.
Eternal Champions is a one-on-one fighting game with distinct characters representing various fighting styles throughout time. Larcen, the world's best cat burglar, is master of Praying Mantis Kung Fu, while Jetta, the circus acrobat, is well-schooled in the art of Savate and Pencak Silat. Blade, the futuristic bounty hunter, has perfected Kenpo, and Midknight, the vampire bio-chemist, is skilled in Jeet Kune Do. RAX the cyborg uses the style of Muay Thai Kickboxing.
Other combatants include Shadow, the corporate assassin, who practices both Taijutsu and Ninjitsu, while Slash the Neanderthal uses his spiked club. Trident, the gladiator from Atlantis, performs the graceful moves of Capoeria, and Xavier, the ancient warlock and alchemist, uses Hapkido Cane Fighting to swipe at his foes. In total, there are over 35 moves per character and special hidden "Overkills" that graphically depict gruesome deaths. Before fighting, players can first practice their attacks on moving spheres in the unique Battle Room.
Upon the game's release, Eternal Champions was given a polarizing mixed reception, and currently holds an average aggregate score of 62.5% at GameRankings. Mean Machines Sega gave it a score of 97%, calling it "at least as good" as Street Fighter II, and Electronic Games gave it a 91%. The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly were divided, with two of them recommending the game based on the large number of options and the selection of moves, while the other two described it as a major disappointment, citing mediocre graphics and unexciting characters. They gave the game a 6.25 out of 10 average, with individual reviewer scores ranging from 5 to 8.
|Publisher||Sega of America, Inc.|
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|VRC Rating||MA-13 - Mature Audiences|
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