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It’s Gals Galore in Arcade Archives’ obscure fighter, Angel Eyes
One thing very particular from the Arcade Archives this week, as Hamster takes day out from its latest Namco obsession to ship not solely a Tecmo title, however a enjoyable, foolish, and notably obscure one at that — Accessible to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Swap its forgotten fighter Angel Eyes!
Launched to Japanese arcades in 1996, Angel Eyes — or to offer it its full title Tōkidenshō Angel Eyes — is an excellent cult 2D fighter that was famend for sporting an All Anime Gal forged of scrappers. A number of enjoyable character tropes, together with a college woman, a volleyball participant, a kunoichi, an conceited “ojou” lady, and a younger woman with a large teddy bear (predating Enchantress by a number of a long time), battle it out in cute ‘n’ colourful motion, set towards the backdrop of some equally unusual places, similar to a enjoyable truthful, and a medieval fort!
Try the lovable ‘n’ loopy carnage within the video beneath, courtesy of YouTuber Colmarr.
Angel Eyes, regardless of its seeming irrelevance, had some surprisingly prescient concepts. Not solely is it one of many first-ever “all girls” combating video games, however additionally it is one of many first 2D fighters to function a heavy slant on juggles and air combos. Maybe its funniest and most weird mechanic, nonetheless, is reserved for the so-called “reverse combo correction” system, which truly will increase harm the longer a combo goes on — reasonably than scales it again. And thus, gamers with one or two pretty stable combos can discover themselves taking down their opponents in a fashion of seconds.
You thought Avenue Fighter V was “three errors to loss of life”? Attempt “one mistake to loss of life”!
Regardless of its simplistic nature and dopey mechanics, Angel Eyes is, understandably, not with out its attraction. Although it might obtain a JPN PlayStation level in 1997, the collection would quietly disappear into the annals of combating sport historical past. Nonetheless, it’s pretty to see it once more. And, versus a whole lot of the Arcade Archives releases, Angel Eyes is a title that truly requires archiving, on account of its obscure, uncommon nature.
Angel Eyes is offered to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Swap, priced at round $8.