Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram MSBS Version 5.66

 

Publisher: Sega
Hardware: Naomi Cart
Year: 2000
Controls: 2 Joysticks Per Player
Number of Players: 1 Player, Can Be linked for 2 Players
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Ported To: Dreamcast

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Description:

The story behind Oratorio Tangram is a strange one.. During the Virtual Century, a "Moon Gate" was discovered which held enormous amounts of valuable psychic energy. War broke out and development Plant 9 disappeared, along with a vital piece of the new technology. Known only as the "Tangram," this technology controls the laws of space and time. Your mission is to take control of one of twelve Virtuaroids and locate the Tangram.

No one ever mentions what in the world "Oratorio" is (It's a composition for voices and orchestra, which doesn't make things any clearer. - Ed.), but I think it might be the name of the supreme power emanating from the Virtuaroids. Either that or some wacky hidden psychic code saying, "Buy this game!" (I'll make sure to run it backward through a vocalizer to find out.) It's giant robot fightin' time!

From the very beginning, it is obvious just how graphically enriched the world of Virtual On is. During the take-off scenes, you can even see the miniature Naomi powering each of the warrior robots (I just can't call them 'roids). As the battle gets underway, you'll soon be amazed by the smoothness of it all. The animation of each character is completely seamless, lacking any visible faults. The Virtuaroids themselves even show physical damage as the game progresses.

The 17 different backgrounds are also loaded up with plenty of detail. One stage includes a small moat that will slow you down and another stage takes place completely underwater. This game definitely shares one of the top spots in the Naomi graphics category alongside greats like Guilty Gear X and Dead or Alive 2.

Blazing gameplay augments the graphical wonders of Virtual On:OT. Even when the action is hot and heavy, the game runs as smooth as silk. This speed makes it possible for a skilled player to eliminate his opponent in a matter of seconds.

(Description written by: Brian Gee)

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