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Arthvader Reviews: Guardian Heroes

By: Arthvader Feb 9, 2012 | 3 Comments

Is this cult classic game from Treasure worth your 800 points? Find out in this review.

Praised for being one of the best game on the Sega Saturn, Guardian Heroes has been brought over to the Xbox Live Marketplace on October 12, 2011. Is this game worth the 800 Microsoft points ($10)? Let's find out in this review.


     This game has a total of four different modes:

  • Story Mode: In this mode, you could play alone, or with a friend to form a two-man group. Depending on what choices you make throughout the story, the game's stages, story, and ending will change. Also, in the case of two people playing, they will both share the same pool of credits.
  • Versus Mode: You can have up to 4 players locally, or a total of 12 people on Xbox Live can battle each other in this mode using any of the characters that have been unlocked in the Story Mode. Players can choose to fight in teams, or in a free-for-all in death matches or Point Matches.
  • Training Mode: This mode is your general mode to practice your skills in the game.
  • Arcade Mode: This mode serves as an endurance challenge, as you are pitted against wave after wave of endless opponents. As you level up in this mode, your stats will improve randomly, allowing you to survive longer until you are defeated.

     The game can be played with it's original gameplay mechanic, or a more, refined mechanic which they called "remix". both has their own unique purposes. when it comes to the fighting, you are able to switch between three plains (or as I should say, lines). That way, if you were getting ambushed by a group of enemies, you can switch to another line to avoid being attacked. Each character also has a  unique set of skills and spells that they could use. of course, using spells will cost MP. You'll be able to gain experience by attacking, using spells, making decisions in the Story mode, etc... to level up. As you clear levels in story mode, you can add attribute points to any stats based on how many levels you gained. Of course, the levels will reset after you beat the game, or if you were to get a game over.


     When it comes to the sounds for the game, it remains unchanged. Composed by Hideki Matsutake and Nazo Suzuki, the music in the game is a combination of electronically composed tracks with electric guitar and saxophones, which is in my opinion, rather unique. Here's a track from the game for you to hear (and by far one of my favorite tracks in the game):



     In terms of graphics, They did a really great job. the game has been reformatted from it's original scale to a 16:9 aspect ratio, thus expanding the playing field. The game offers both the classic and "remix" graphics mode, both of which runs in high definition with an updated user interface in both. With the remix graphics, they apply a hqx-like upscaling filter along with a pencil-shade effect on the sprites (which I think it's cool), true alpha blending, applies to the backgrounds bilinear filtering, and spells effects and character portraits are redrawn.

Final Words:

     All in all, I feel that this is definitely worth the money. It's a fun game to play with a friend locally, and also a blast if you can find a lot of people online to go into a 12-person battle to the death. Other that that, I give this game a verdict of BUY IT!!!

Final Verdict: BUY IT!

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Guardian Heroes for XBL

By: Arthvader May 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

Cult classic from saturn era making an appearance onto your xbox 360 late summer/fall.

Yeah, Sega had announced this like 2 weeks ago, but I'm here to say that they are bringing back Guardian Heroes, a great cult classic back in the Sega Saturn era, to the XBLA. here's a trailer:

For those of you who don't know what Guardian Heores is, it's a great beat'em up developed by Treasure (Gunstar Heroes, Sin and Punishment, Dynamite Heady). it involves four characters (Han, Randy (with his pet rabbit, Nando), Nicole, Ginjirou) find the sword of a valiant warrior who has died some point before the game's beginning. Just as they were about to relax for the night, Serena (the former princess who has escaped the evil Kanon's takeover and joined the four characters in an attempt to stop him), enters the room quickly, warning the heroes that Kanon's knight has learned that they have the sword, and everyone splits up, meeting up at the graveyard that is nearby.

Upon arriving at the graveyard, they are met by the leader of the Black Knights, Valgar, and a powerful robotic warrior, the five warriors then went to battle with the robot, only to fail at dealing much damage to it. Just as Han was about to use the sword that they had found prior to the beginning of the game to fight aginst the robot, a bolt of lightning hits the sword, electrocuting Han, causing him to lose his grip on the sword. The sword, apparently now showing signs of life, hovers toward a mound of dirt within the graveyard, where a zombified warrior arose from it (in fact, the sword indeeds belong to this zombified warrior, seeing as how he was the one who had it before he died.). Enraged, the warrior destroyed the robot, and then started going after Serena. Nicole, not knowing what to do, asked  the warrior st stop, and surprisingly, he stoped. realizing that the warrior will follow any of their orders. the five heroes, knowing that, with this warrior's help, could they begin their attack on Kanon's new kingdom.

After this point, the game itself can go into multiple braches, leading up to new seneraios, and of course, new endings. it also has a RPG element, in which as you level up your characters, you can determine how to set up their stats. As for the battle, you can battle on three different planes on the field (simply put, lines), which can give players multiple ways of attacking the enemies.

That's all I could put up for now. If you want to know more, follow the links below.

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