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Title: Crossed Swords
Author:Alpha Denshi
Rom Player: NeoRAGEx
Reviewer: Dr. Boogie

Synopsis: Swords are entertaining, arenít they? Crossed Swords is a rather unique game in which you play the role of a knight who helps people out by slaying the hell out of all the freaks that pretty much rule the land, with little quests popping up here and there. The thing is that the game is set in a sort of first person perspective, in which your character is made translucent so you can see what youíre swinging at. The basics of the game boil down to you blocking the enemyís attack, and then unleashing a four hit sword combo on them. The problem is that blocking is difficult, as you have only a split second to decide which area on yourself to block before an attack comes. Along side that is the fact that getting hit, missing, and making an attack that is blocked will cause you to lose your attack strength, causing you to do less damage and, in the case of getting blocked, leave you momentarily stunned. If you do manage to get your combo in the works, some of the later enemies have combo-breaker attacks that will leave your character stunned and vulnerable. Fortunately, you find a variety of weapons, which, in addition to doing more damage, have charges of magic in them that can shield you, blast your enemies with lightning, transform them into scarecrows, etc. Occasionally, you will find an old man, or a grateful peasant, or someone else who will give you a new shield. This doesnít appear to do anything beyond making your shield look different and give you a reason to pump more quarters into the machine. If you do wind up playing this for a while, youíll meet up with evil looking knights, gargoyles, ratmen, goatmen, fishmen, frogmen, and giant worms to name a few. Most of the enemies have combos of their own, and will often treat you to a cackle if they pull it off. As I said before, however, some of them have combo-breakers. Well, you have one too. It costs life, though, so whether you should use it is debatable. Plus, as another life-draining attack, you unleash a ridiculous flurry of left and right slashes that will eliminate most enemies, but can be blocked by some. The sound effects are ok, but the one youíll probably hear most often is yourself getting hit. The music consists of a couple of battle tunes and such to get you in the mood for hacking and slashing. This can be a good game, but many people will be put off by the games high difficulty factor. It runs on normal speed with the suggested emulator, but if you get M.A.M.E., another emulator, it will slow the game down enough that it becomes much easier to block and attack.

Best Cheats: Nothing Entered

Game Play: 8
Graphics: 8
Music/Sound: 8
Originality: 10
Overall Rating: 8



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