20 years later it is nonetheless Falcon good
Capcom’s flawless Energy Stone is a vivid, putting fever dream. Brash sounds and colors, flamboyant characters with over-the-top strikes, it is the Dreamcast’s “arcade at house” ethos writ giant.
Primarily knockabout, I am certain that Energy Stone has some hidden depths, however that is not how I bear in mind it. That is not how I play it. Run across the condensed 3D environments throwing furnishings at your opponent and grabbing the titular stones, hoping you do not get them knocked out of you by an errant grenade or plume of fireplace. Get three, go tremendous, hit the shoulder buttons to entice your enemy in a personal dance earlier than rhythmically kicking seven shades out of them. Flip right into a whirling dervish of blades and bandages. Roll over your opponent within the type of a large golem. It is absolute insanity and it is great.
Phases are small, however detailed and evocative.
The solid of characters is small, however memorable. Jack. Ayame. Gunrock. Rouge. Each character is completely distinct and so they’re all enjoyable to regulate. The phases are tight and iconic, with plentiful gimmicks and gadgets to work together with whereas being so compact that you just’re by no means actually secure from Participant 2. And, in fact, multiplayer is the place it is at. Taking part in the pc is enjoyable, however nothing in comparison with the expertise of sitting beside your pal, yelling at them to get away from the blue stone, panicking once they remodel.
It is content material gentle, to an extent. What’s there’s sufficient. There are many unlockables – secret characters, new weapons, and so on. It has pleasant minigames downloadable to the Dreamcast’s actually insane Visible Reminiscence Unit. There’s not an infinite quantity to it, however every thing that is there’s in direct service to the very good gameplay.
Ayame meets the Fokker.
There is a sequel, however in my opinion it over-eggs the pudding with means too many gimmicks and much lesser stage design. It does, nonetheless, have multiplayer for 4. This can be sufficient for it to excel in some peoples’ eyes. I will simply keep on with the unique.
Energy Stone. So good, I performed it with the Sega Get Bass Fishing Controller.
Whereas not explicitly supposed to be used with Energy Stone, it acquired the job carried out.