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Developer: Omega Force
Distributor: Sony
Game Type: Fighting
Review Date: Jan 00
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      You could be fooled into thinking that gameplay takes on the usual Beat-em-up format when first visiting the option screen but the story mode is quite unique. It's basically a cinematic presentation in which several different characters are used instead of the same one repeatedly. Although the voice acting won't win any awards, the story mode should hold your attention throughout. Standard game modes are also available including Practice, 1 Player Battle, Vs, Team Battle, Time Attack, Story Mode and Endurance.

Image Loading... Difficulty can be set from easy to hard with a further option to select the number of rounds required for a win and an adjustable time limit for each bout. There is also a handicap system which is useful when mismatched competitors square up in a two player battle.

Once in combat the reaction from each button pressed on the joypad depends on how close to an opponent you are. Magic attacks are used from a distance while hand to hand combat occurs at close range. If standing near by then the face buttons will throw a combo of punch's and kicking actions. Move further away and they will switch into three varying magical attacks. There are also buttons for jumping, guarding and dashing actions.

Image Loading... Tactics definitely come into the gameplay. Since movement is unlimited, run as far away as you like or get up close and personal. Either way, you will be able to do some serious damage. Also by using the buttons in different combinations, even the most novice players can play right away, while more advanced players will be able to plan more than they ever have before.

Destrega boasts a cast of 12 unique characters. There's a mixture of male and female fighters, although I'm sure that the dishy Gradd will be popular with the gals and the buxom Milena with the guys. None of them would really stand out in a crowd (except maybe Couger who reminded me of Voltro in Soul Blade) and in fact could easily be cast in your average RPG. If you are interested a full profile of each character is available in the extra options menu.

Image Loading...Generally the gameplay is quite intense, but it gets boring rather quickly. You see once a successful strategy has been found, the computer controlled character can't seem to do much to combat against it. This makes it possible to win repeatedly using the same tried and trusted techniques. Of course playing with two human in control should remedy this problem.
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      This is a 1 disk game for 1 or 2 Players. It is compatible with the standard (digital) joypad and the analog stick controls of the dual shock joypad. Games can be saved via memory card (1 block per save).

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Staff Opinions  
Martin: "All of this originality is presented with above average graphics and control.

While the two player game was fantastic, I found the single player mode to be very limited in it's long term appeal."
Graphics: 19/20
Playability: 42/50
Sound: 6/10
Lastability: 15/20
Overall: 82%
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