So there's a little story behind this, let me tell all you wee little lads & lassies about the events that transpired that eventually conspired me to write this blog post.
It was a Friday, Noon, it was snowy and cold outside and i had some warm socks on....
When a friend of mine showed me this site called Jam Legend, which is like a Java/Flash based GH clone which has a community feature built into it yadda yadda yadda (it's interesting, you should check it out if you're into that kinda stuff), and one of the songs that someone had uploaded was a fully instrumental cover of the One Must Fall 2097 Main Theme song, which has been stuck in my head for years now. After playing the song a few times, i decided to grab DOSBOX and grab the game online since it's been declared freeware for a while now.
After Fiddling with DOSBOX for about 10 minutes, i finally got into game where i set up all my stuff and jumped into tournament mode. And playing that game earlier...took me back to 1999 (the game came out in 1994, but don't tell 7-year old me that). The basic game is just a SF/MK inspired fighter featuring people in 50-foot robots fighting for the crowds.
There's a standard 1-Player mode which is just arcade mode basically, then there's also 2-player (cause any fighter that doesn't have multiplayer has missed the point kinda) and the mode i like most, the tournament mode, which is kinda like 'story' mode, expect there really isn't a story to follow, unless there's something written up on the manual that isn't mentioned in-game. Tournament mode has you creating a character and starting out fighting in ranked matches in different tournaments in an attempt to (what i assume the goal is) reach the last tournament, where you have to beat the final #1 ranked fighter, in his teched out giant mech. You get money from every match you win, which you use to upgrade your characters Speed, Strength and Stamina, and buy stronger armor and legs/arms which make you attack faster and do more damage.
Another big feature of OMF:2097 is that almost every level has an environmental hazard like High Voltage Walls, or Fighter Jets randomly shooting at you. The Music is also quite good, i don't really remember anything other than the title theme too vividly, but the soundtrack's quite good, some nice MIDI tunes for your ears if you're looking for that.
I guess all in all, i just wanted to say that One Must Fall is one of my favourite memories from a by-gone age.
That last sentence in itself is top-to-bottom absolute wank-hattery at it's finest. I mean, i'm not even old enough to 'remember' this game (i was about 2 years old when it came out :] ), but does that really matter? In any case, it's a good game, perhaps you'll try it and you won't like it, maybe it's just the nostalgia in me talking, but i think it's quite good. If i ever get the chance, i should ask Mr. J.Rea what he thinks of it if he's played it.