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Kishin Douji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight

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Released: 1995

Genre: Beat-'em-up

Format reviewed: PC-FX

Publisher: Hudson Soft

Developer: Hudson Soft

Submitted by: Nick Thorpe

A rare game on an obscure system, Kishin Douji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight (or Zenki, for short) is an anime licensed fighting game with beautiful 2D visuals. It’s very expensive and hard to track down, but does it do enough to justify its high price?

The early impressions are good. Visually, the game is extremely impressive – while it wouldn’t have enthralled the contemporary crowd, who were busy with 3D games on the PlayStation and Saturn, it boasts some absolutely beautiful 2D artwork on par with the Saturn’s best and magnificent walking backgrounds. The game is also well produced, with close-ups on the characters’ faces appearing as they converse, with full voice acting throughout. As much as the game looks like Guardian Heroes, the majority of the game consists of one-on-one fights against a variety of foes, from zombie train staff to a giant monster disguised as a car. The fighting mechanics are solid, with a simple three button system allowing players to get right into the action.

There’s one major issue, though – Zenki can easily be finished in less than an hour. That’s certainly something to consider if you’re going to look at paying hundreds of pounds for it…