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Quick Look: Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm

Jason and Jeff check out a new fighter that captures the look, feel, and UI of a game from the late '90s.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Jul. 7 2015

Cast: Jason

Posted by: Jason

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I'm very curious to see what the in-game commentary from David, James and Maximilian is like, I imagine it's like the Persona stuff.

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Looks pretty sweet!

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Some parts of this seem real rough. Especially the UI, jeez. Overlapping text, cryptic dev-console type jargon... hopefully you can have fun with this thing despite it all.

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This looks fantastic.

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Cool character designs.

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I was down with this till the bad real pics of fight game guys and neverending announcers

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Dare I ask what's with 'Softporn Adventure' on the desktop?

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Jason doing fighting game Quick Looks is the best!

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Wish there was more of a parry flash... Wish there was resolution options... It's menus are a total mess...

Azure DID do a Reppuken... I'll buy it.

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Where does this game rank in the pantheon of figting games, #1 or #2?

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Dare I ask what's with 'Softporn Adventure' on the desktop?

That's a classic text adventure from Sierra. Probably prepared for UPF or something.

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There's something about Jason's voice or the way he talks that bothers me for some reason.
I don't have a problem with him beyond that, so I don't actually dislike the guy. It makes me feel silly, having such an irrational issue with him.

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This seems like it appeals to the fighting game equivalent of grognards. Not a knock against it by any means.

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This is very much a japanese indie made game. Lots of rough edges (especially UI), but really nice art and gameplay.

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that ending... :)

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Someone did a great job with the sprites...but literally everything else seems janky/unfinished/placeholder =\

@brightside said:

Dare I ask what's with 'Softporn Adventure' on the desktop?

That's a classic text adventure from Sierra. Probably prepared for UPF or something.

Must be for the Old Game Show :D

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I backed it during the IndieGoGo campaign and have played it a bit off and on. I like the core game but the menus are a nightmare to navigate or do anything in, was hoping that was just the alpha/beta but seeing it in the full game isn't making me want to jump back in and give it another shot, especially with Skullgirls PS4 and Predator hitting today...

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I'm all for new 2d fighting games, but i don't get the purpose of crappy resolutions for "artistic" reasons. I hate the look of up-scaled games like this, c'mon it's 2015.

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@onkel said:

There's something about Jason's voice or the way he talks that bothers me for some reason.

I don't have a problem with him beyond that, so I don't actually dislike the guy. It makes me feel silly, having such an irrational issue with him.

I think generally, if you have an irrational dislike of a person or something about said person its probably best to keep it to yourself, if its irrational nothing can be done to fix it so nothing good comes from pointing it out.

Game looks fun shame about the bootleg wrapper.

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Someone did a great job with the sprites...but literally everything else seems janky/unfinished/placeholder =\

@larrydavis said:
@brightside said:

Dare I ask what's with 'Softporn Adventure' on the desktop?

That's a classic text adventure from Sierra. Probably prepared for UPF or something.

Must be for the Old Game Show :D

The GOOD OLD GAMES show, because nobody on staff remembers GOG hasn't been called that for many years. :V

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I Indiegogo'd this way back when. I haven't kept up with it much, glad to see it's finally out.

I do remember Aja Salisbury winning the character vote, I wanted this guy though:

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I want to know where this Ranks on the fighter list!

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Don't know why Jason says the online doesn't work, working perfectly for me right now. just leave your ip as localhost (the default).

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Glad to see another crowdfunding project get a full release.

I do understand and echo Jeff and Jason's sentiment that none of the characters seem particularly interesting to me though. The game just look very appealing.

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Sick damage!

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The gameplay is great, which is ultimately what matters. Also, a bunch of other stuff like GGPO support is still coming. They just wanted what they had out there, it'll be supported for a long time.

Someone did a great job with the sprites...but literally everything else seems janky/unfinished/placeholder =\

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Oh yay a quicklook!

This game is fucking great.

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This is looking really cool.The use of famous FGC personalities is kinda weird but I like it.

I wish GB had some sort of podcast/show talking about the FGC - especially the tournaments that seem to happen weekly around the world. Much of the same pro gamers seem to show up for these tournaments - and there's so many colorful personalities.

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I think it's weird that there's a character in there that I recognize from Salty Bet.

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well this looks ridiculous. i want it.

oh wait, this is a fighting game, i thought it was a brawler. mm

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@kunoh: I think UltraChenTV does a good job of that already (so check that out if you haven't), and there aren't enough people on GB staff that care about the FGC for that to make sense.

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Sometimes you also need to change the system locale to see japanese text. You can change that from the region settings (with some global side effects), or use applications like applocale or locale emulator to run the specific program.

https://github.com/xupefei/Locale-Emulator

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@beachthunder said:

Someone did a great job with the sprites...but literally everything else seems janky/unfinished/placeholder =\

@larrydavis said:
@brightside said:

Dare I ask what's with 'Softporn Adventure' on the desktop?

That's a classic text adventure from Sierra. Probably prepared for UPF or something.

Must be for the Old Game Show :D

The GOOD OLD GAMES show, because nobody on staff remembers GOG hasn't been called that for many years. :V

That would imply that they'd only play good games on that show, though.

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this looks good again in versus. everything else looks like trash though heh. i might get it

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That would imply that they'd only play good games on that show, though.

True. Also, on the topic of this game: the nips on Girl Hanzo show that this is truly Anime-Accurate.

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I really like the fighting engine, but maaaaaaan does this look rough otherwise. Also it sucks they couldnt get Chris Matrix or Yipes over Maximillian, but overall the whole concept/system kind of sucks anyway.

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Great music, great sprites, cool character designs, but goddamn they need scaling/filters, widescreen, some stages look like trash while some are amazing, the story mode presentation needs serious work(would probably be better off just using sprites rather than gigantic portraits), just prune out the shit. The in-game commentary is nice but should not be on by default, the game would be better served by not highlighting something so odd and mugen-esque. And boy oh boy, those menus. Why is arcade there twice? Why not name one Story????? It makes no goddamn sense. lol

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@onkel said:

There's something about Jason's voice or the way he talks that bothers me for some reason.

I don't have a problem with him beyond that, so I don't actually dislike the guy. It makes me feel silly, having such an irrational issue with him.

I think it's because he has such a low tone of voice that he kind of sounds bored (to me at least) when he talks, even when talking about something that gets him good and hype.

Other than that minor quibble, yeah, Jason is a really cool dude. The voice just adds to his mystique, really.

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I've been following the development of this game, the commentary system has always been silly and kind of bad but you can turn it off so that's good, other than that this quick look pretty much sums it up.
One other thing to mention is that GGPO was a stretch goal but they needed more time to implement it, so they released the game with the old system, i don't know if GGPO will come with a better interface for online matches but i'm guessing not.

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The sprites and animations are really good in terms of detail, the game itself seems rather sub-par.

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@fujisyusuke808 said:

@onkel said:

There's something about Jason's voice or the way he talks that bothers me for some reason.

I don't have a problem with him beyond that, so I don't actually dislike the guy. It makes me feel silly, having such an irrational issue with him.

I think it's because he has such a low tone of voice that he kind of sounds bored (to me at least) when he talks, even when talking about something that gets him good and hype.

Other than that minor quibble, yeah, Jason is a really cool dude. The voice just adds to his mystique, really.

It's weird how different quirks of each team member make people react in wildly different ways. I think that Jason (especially with something he's really into, like fighting games) is probably the most enthusiastic of the entire team, except Dan, who is inhuman in the level of enthusiasm he can maintain (now that I've thought about it, I want to go check out the video of him breaking that Mario world record, as I don't think I've ever seen the guy tired or weary). With Jason, I've never gotten an "I'm bored" vibe from him in the slightest.

Enough about that, though. The game has a lot of stuff going for it, so it's a shame that the aesthetic the devs were going for didn't quite work. There's a reason that the UI has evolved over the decades, and with a little bit more work, this could be a really neat little niche game. Can't think of a reason why I'd pick it over more established fighting games, but I'm no devotee of the genre. I'm sure this scratches someone's itch out there, but I think even people who like the game would agree that some polish would go a long way.

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@oursin_360: The sprites don't look like they do for artistic reasons. It was originally meant to only be released on a handheld (the vita?), but then they ran the indiegogo and it was successful enough for them change scale but not enough for them to redo all the art and animation. It still sucks and that's a perfectly valid complaint, but that was my understanding of the reason behind it looking the way it does.

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why did i back this. FT HILARIOUS COMMENTARY FROM STRAIGHT FROM THE FGC! ULTRADAVID SAID THE ZELDA THING!!!!!! why did i back thissssss

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This looks really cool actually.

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I wish the fireballs and some other effects were pixelated to be cohesive with the character sprites. Their smoothness sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Wow wow wow.

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Looking forward to getting my hands on this when I got the time to leave SF4 and Skullgirls. The quality does seem a bit inconsistent though. But hell yeah I'm down for some bootleg Third Strike!