Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle

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Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle

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  • One-on-one fighting; intense action; strange enemies; awesome graphics bring the action to life

Ranma and his father Genma decide to perform their martial arts exercises in a remote part of China. What they don’t know is that they’ve entered the “Training Ground of the Accursed Springs,” which consists of more than 100 springs, each with its own unique legend. The story goes that anyone who falls into one of the springs will be transformed into the beast that haunts the spring. Now it’s up to you to help Ranma and Genma get out of the area and in one piece. In this one-on-one fighter either alone or with a friend you’ll have to do battle against a wide variety of strange enemies. Can you help this innocent father and son team escape and get home alive?

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  1. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A must have for Ranma 1/2 fans, June 8, 2001
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (Video Game)

    In this game Ranma, Genma, Ryouga, Shampoo, Mouse, Akane, Ukyo, Gosunkugi and the gambling king are all conned by principle Kuno into fighting each other. Each fighter has his/her own reason. (Ranma is told he’ll be given free credit for each of his classes if he beats everyone, Genma wants respect from everyone eles, Akane wants the principal to get all those pesky boys to leave her alone, ect.) Those who watch or read Ranma 1/2 will get a kick out each charecters back story and the dialoge that is exchanged after each victory. One thing that might bug veterans of fighting games is that in the single player game you can’t have one charecter fight him or herself, but you can in two player mode. There is an option menue at the beggining that lets you adjust how hard single player mode is, and lets you play with or without a time limit, and lets you adjust how long each round lasts. There is also a tournament mode where you and a friend each picks five charecters and then fight in five seperate fights, and the winner is the one with the most victories. My favorite aspect of the game was the ability to play as ether Ranma’s male or female halves. Even if you’re not a fan of Ranma 1/2, the game’s quirky humor might win you over.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Lackluster title, but good old-school spirit, November 23, 2005
    Avery “Cantankerous” (Springfield, VA) –

    = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (Video Game)

    If you liked fighting games back in their heyday, such as “Street Fighter” or the subsequent “Street Fighter II” or any of the “Samurai Sho*Down” games, this might just be something you’d want to look into.

    …IF you are a “Ranma 1/2” fan, that is.

    I don’t believe that it’s entirely accessible to people who don’t follow the series (but could possibly have the effect of getting someone who hasn’t read the manga interested in it!). Someone commented on liking the choice between fighting as male or female Ranma, but personally, I would have really gotten more of a kick out of the game if you only had the option of playing Ranma and you had the option of knocking him into ponds or throwing him against barrels or buckets full of water and having him change right in front of you. And I also have no idea why on earth they found it prudent to include Gosunkugi and the Gambling King as possible opponents instead of either of the Kunos. Wouldn’t the Kuno kids be a bit more authentic? Gosunkugi certainly can’t fight worth a damn in the series, and the Gambling King isn’t exactly known for that type of thing either; he’s good at cheating little kids out of their money, not hand-to-hand combat.

    Though it’s still a pretty fun game. It’s definitely challenging; each character has their own specific opponent who gives them more of a run for their money than the rest. They seem to be based off of real character relationships, as well: for example, I found that playing as Akane would produce the result of Shampoo being the hardest opponent to deal with. When playing as Ryouga, Ranma seemed the greatest challenge. When playing as male Ranma, I found (heh heh) that Akane was the most difficult to defeat. I could be imagining these subtle individual character skill levels, of course, but … nah.

    It’s worth a look, anyway. It would have been much more fun had it been longer, but I’m willing to overlook that just to be able to have a bonafide “Ranma 1/2” game amongst my collection. Quite a charming title!

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