Toukon Retsuden 4 - Arcade Edition

 

Publisher: Namco
Hardware: Naomi Cart
Year: 2000
Controls: 1 Joystick, 3 Buttons
Number of Players: 2 players
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Ported To: Dreamcast

 

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Description:

Let me start off by saying that if you get this game you will never want to play any of that crap that they release over here again. Toukon 4 is hands down the greatest wrestling game to date and the way wrestling games come out over here folks it is going to be a long time before you play anything better.

Graphics: This game is unmatched. The characters all look superb. All the wrestlers come to the ring in full pre-match garb with kick ass entrance music in the background and they all have their real mannerisms as well. The arenas are all authentic with killer light shows and pyro when wrestlers enter. The only problem (and believe me you probably won't notice or care) is the crowd could have been done a little better.

Sound: Perfect!! As I said the wrestlers all have authentic theme music and it sounds great and is very clear. The game has a ring announcer that speaks before the match and introduces the wrestlers but thankfully there is no stupid comentator to distract you like in Giant Gram. The bgm is excellent I think although some of it doesn't sound like it should be the theme to a wrestling match. Not to mention the sounds of the action are great to! Every kick,slap,punch and just about every other sound of a New Japan match has been incorporated here.

Gameplay: First off in this department for you Smackdown junkies this game may have been used to make Smackdown but the play here is alot better and more in depth. There is a bit of a learning curve at first but once you really get into it you can put together some great matches. The Dreamcast controller is perfect for this game everything feels right on. For example when in a battle royal you can quickly change focus just by pressing the R trigger. The matches also can get furious and bloody (yeah thats right they bleed unlike in some American games we know).

Replay: Personally I could play this game for the rest of my life and not get sick of it. There aren't any table matches or any other stupid gimmick matches (namely because NJPW doesn't have them) but if your lookin for a solid sim this is your game. There are real wrestling matches though. Such as tag,battle royal,all sorts of tournaments, and the G1 climax. There are weapons though not hospital gurneys,couches,cars or anything like that but the wrestlers weapon of choice the steel chair and a baseball bat that are also used as they are in real life. In other words you can't beat your opponent 100 times over the head with a chair and he keeps getting up quickly.

Overall: I don't know how many different ways to say it this is the greatest wrestling game ever made. It has it all the greatest wrestlers on the planet cool entrances with killer music and plenty of modes to keep you busy. So please I cannot recomend this game enough if you don't have the means to play it go get them today. Dreamcast is fast becoming a hard system to find and if you don't want to miss the coolest wrestling game ever go buy one (there only 50 bucks). Honestly people this game has it all and the few microscopic flaws it has doesn't hurt the game one bit. Perfect graphics,sound,control,and gameplay make this a no brainer.Puroresu fans and non puroresu fans alike will definitely enjoy this master piece it is a shame Dreamcast died because this would probably have only been the tip of the iceberg for great wrestling games on that system.

 

(Description written by: RRobbins)

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