By Mezmero 0 Comments
With all this Person 4 Arena talk on the site I had a question come to my mind. Are their many fighting games with story lines that revolve around "Television" as the theme? I can think of at least one game on the PS1 called Evil Zone. It had kind of a junky fighting system where the success of your attacks were based on the distance between the characters on screen. The characters were some of the most generic anime characters designs I've ever seen. What was interesting about the game was in how it differentiated the story modes between characters. Every single 'episode' of the story mode starts with like a preview of the fight where you would get a slide show of static images from the upcoming fight. What was interesting is that every character did a voice over during this preview of the fight you're about to have and each one felt like kind of a different style of TV show.
Though each was presented differently I can think of the 3 that stood out in my memories of playing this old 3D title. One was a dude named Danzavier who was just a typical Zentai style costumed hero who was basically spitting talk about how he spots the next fighter doing evil and how he's going to stop him. The dude was so over the top with stuff about him being the greatest hero of all time. The voice acting throughout was kind of bad but I imagine this dude was going for it.
Another one I remember is Linedwell Rainrix who basically just had some guitars shred while you see the fight preview and then it posts the name of the 'episode' and you just hear the voice actor read the episode name aloud. It was kind of hilarious how pointless and cheap it was to produce that character's story mode. In the end the dude was just a typical goth character who talks to his sword Sha'Hal and cuts people with his sword Sha'Hal. Finally I remember Keiya Tenpouin who was essentially doing a dating advice talk show for every character he fought. It was kind of surreal to hear a dialogue about the intimacy problems of all these dumb anime characters and him acting all calm and collective before he goes and beats the crap of the person he's talking to.
There are others that don't stick out much in my mind. One was like a soap opera. Another was like a romantic comedy. Another was a fantasy adventure. The reason I bring this game up is because the idea of the stories being presented as TV shows reminds me a lot of Persona 4 the RPG. Specifically when you delve into a cruel broadcast being produced by the shadows of the protagonists. I can't help but wonder if the P4 fighting game shares this methodology in it's storytelling. Is Chie more of a comedy while Yukiko more of a Soap opera? Or is it trying to capture the emulation of the Persona verse without playing up the theme of Television. Well perhaps I should have played it before I actually brought up the similarities but I would really like to know if more fighting games embrace the TV show.