Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm: Everybody’s old school fighting

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If you’ve got a hankerin’ for some truly old school arcade fighting, pedigree doesn’t get much better than Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm. With art and development from former King of Fighters alum, this is the real deal. The game ran a successful indiegogo campaign in 2013, and the team have now released the game on Steam. Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm hopes to bridge the gap between the depth of hardcore fighting games and the more button-mashing games, without sacrificing the tactical nature of the genre.

Creative Talent
Yatagarasu AoC features 2D pixel art by KOTANI:Tomoyuki AKA Styleos (King of Fighters, Mushihimesama, Ibara), and arresting character art by Miwa Shirow (Dogs, Black Mind) and Yasuda Suzuhito (Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor).
Voice acting talent includes Kaji Yuki (Attack on Titan, Final Fantasy XIII, Genso Suikoden), Uchida Maaya (IDOLM@STER, Holy Knight), and TOUGEKI announcer Koori Masoi.
The Yatagarasu soundtrack is created by Raito (Melty Blood, Under Night In-birth) and performed by doujin songstress LIQU@.

Gameplay
Yatagarasu AoC’s gameplay takes inspiration from Street Fighter III, but incorporates elements similar to BlazBlue. The control mechanics are simple and readily accessible to anyone, but gameplay is based around reading your opponent, parrying and countering, and is deep enough to provide an enjoyable challenge for even seasoned FTG veterans.

Dynamic Commentary
Yatagarasu AoC features a unique commentary system which provides tournament-style real-time commentary based on developments in the match. Both Japanese and English dynamic commentaries (audio and subtitles) are available and providing the English commentary are veteran commentators Jchensor, UltraDavid, and Maximilian.

It’s not just the artwork that’s retro: the game actually runs at a screen resolution of 640×480, which is pretty much what games running on old cathode ray tube TVs used to play at. There are some caveats, though: some graphics cards may not handle the low screen resolution, and the game isn’t officially supported on Windows 8 yet (though they haven’t seen any issues). It’s a long way to go for the authenticity of the 2D arcade fighting game genre! Someone just needs to build a proper arcade cabinet for the game that we can crowd around for tournaments. It doesn’t even matter what the story is, as you’ll be spending most of your time either shouting at the screen or the person sat next to you, but here it is:

On Dec 25th 1925, a Japanese nationalist revolutionary group staged a coup d’etat. The revolutionaries acted swiftly, suppressing the prime minister, police, major corporations, and newspapers. Struggling to react, the old government faction sent the order to a secret information organization ‘Igasei’ to initiate an assassination program called ‘Yatagarasu’ and eliminate the leaders of the coup d’etat.

My take

I’m one of those people that loves to play tournament fighting games, but has basically no skill in them. I can hold my own as Ryu in Street Fighter II (especially with a SNES controller), but I love playing all the different fighting games, old and new. Skullgirls 2nd Encore and Ultra Street Fighter IV were my most recent plays. The love and attention that’s been put into this game just intrigues me more. This game, a Steam Link, two USB SNES controllers, some beers and a few friends would be competitive heaven.

Your take

What do you think of the old school nature of Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm? Does such a classic style of game get you excited?

Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm is available on Steam and the Humble Bundle store, for Windows PC.

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About Dan Morse

From the Atari 2600 right through to bleeding fast PCs, Dan's played on them all. One thing that's never changed is an unwavering passion for video games. Twitter: @happydan | Steam: happydan | GOG: happydan