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Zenki Fx: Vajura Fight

version: jp - year: 1995 - developer: hudson - publisher: hudson - format: pc-fx, cdrom - condition: mint - rarity: very

 

On single player, make your selection. There is also a simultaneous 2 players mode!

 

This level features an incredible amount of parallax scrolling!

 

Magic is devastating and always hits its target

 

The music in this level is amazing

 

OK, this cross-breed between a car, a crab and a cangoroo can even fly...

 

It will chase you until you get stuck with it in a press, Terminator style!

 

My dream is to fly Over the rainbow so high

 

Spectacular 3D effects for you to sample...

 

By now, you might be wondering what are the 2 suns in the upper-left part of the shots...well since I used my digicam for the pics, that's just the flash reflecting on the TV screen :)

 

The last boss is cool and his grab will drain your life bar very quickly so beware

 

The end?

Review - Zenki Fx is one of the few action games that came out on the PC-FX, Nec's successors of the very popular (at least in Japan) Pc-Engine console.

Despite being equipped with a powerful 32 Bit CPU, the PC-FX was never really used to showcase its potential. Luckily, amidst a sea of heavy jp text adventure games, dating sims and rpgs, some rare gems did surface to grace the system. Zenki Fx is one of these and it shines bright, even to this day. Let's discover why.

As soon as the game is loaded, a good anime-style opening introduces the player to the characters and to the story. The graphical style is pleasant, colorful and well characterized and it sure makes a certain impact if compared to the older PCE CD games.

The ingame graphics are even better as not only sprites are well drawn but they are also very detailed. Both the main characters and the enemies have lots of frames of animation thanks to the hefty (at least for the time!) 2 megs of system Ram.

Backgrounds use the PC-FX color palatte to great effect and certainly give justice to the awesome special effects that show up later in the game. Some levels feature layers and layers of parallax scrolling while others include spectacular 3D moving objects in the background.

The music and sound-effects are very well done as there is a surprising amount of catchy little tunes that perfectly fit the different levels. Speeches also ooze quality and convincingly use both stereo channels.

Gameplay could be described as a happy blend between a side-scrolling fighting game and a platform game (although there is little platforming to be done...). Characters have a decent amount of moves they can perform and they can even summon one another for help in the most tense situations. Grabs are also very effective and easy to pull off so make sure you use them often even on huge bosses. The variety of attacks at your disposal is also another good thing, although in the heat of the action, I often ended up using the same moves over and over...

On normal mode, you are provided with 3 credits but the game saves your position so you won't have to start the game over from the beginning. On one hand, this feature makes Zenki a rather easy game to complete, but on the other hand you will hardly have to play the same level more than 2 or 3 times, which could be a good thing if you hate getting stuck.

To conclude, Zenki FX is probably the best action game on PC-FX (not that it was that hard...) but it also stands as a great game in its own right. It certainly shows that the PC-FX is the legitimate heir of the PCE and that it could have been a real contender in the 32 bit arena, if only more games of this type would have been made. As things stand, Zenki FX represents the tip of an iceberg that unfortunately failed to materialize...

Zenki FX is the most sought-after game for the PC-FX probably because of the general lack of action games and because of its low production run. Also, the fact that the game is both rare and good makes it even more desirable and expensive.

Bottom line: Zenki FX is the most sought-after game for the PC-FX probably because of the general lack of action games and because of its low production run. Also, the fact that the game is both rare and good makes it even more desirable and expensive. 8/10

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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