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Thanks to the raw processing power of the 3DO, Warrior's mano-a-mano matchups are introduced by superb computer animation (including a spinning skull and a dizzying zoom into a Himalayan fortress) and accompanied by a heavy metal soundtrack. Best of all, the digitized combatants actually restrain themselves from some of the ultraviolence, though this may be because I have yet to figure out all of the secret moves.
This is, to say the least, one of 3DO's best games, along with titles like Shockwave and Twisted. This is one of the few fighting games worth playing on this system, a console not known for its strong 2D fighting support. It's not the smoothest fighting game of all time, and the controls are a little unresponsive, but there's quite a bit of enjoyment to be had with Naughty Dog's debut fighter. Go ahead, walk the Way of the Warrior.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
If you're a kid who has never played a 3DO game before, Way of the Warrior will blow you away with it's graphics alone. However, because of the poor controls, true fighting-game fanatics should stay away from these warriors.
If you've got a 3DO and you're dying for a fighting game, then you're probably going to want to look at this game, but you've seen it before. Way of the Warrior is just Pit Fighter on steroids. Serious fighters may take it on just to prove that they've seen everything. But be warned...this game falls by the Way-side.
Coming Soon Magazine
Fighting games have always been popular for the console market. The best example is the huge success of Acclaim in both arcades and consoles with the Mortal Kombat series. Even the PC is getting its own versions with the first two titles of the series already converted to floppy and CD-ROM. If I introduced this review with the Mortal Kombat example, it is because Way of The Warrior on the 3DO uses the same graphical concept.
Rien que la présentation vous cloue sur le mur, et ne comptez pas sur le jeu pour vous en décrocher. Des morceaux de hard bien violents, un graphisme sublime et des effets de zoom stupéfiants sont l'apanage de ce clone de Mortal Kombat. C'est du délire tant il reste impressionnant à regarder. A regarder parce qu'à jouer, c'est une autre pare de manches. Les mouvements trop approximatifs et le maniement difficile des personnages rendent cette merveille technique complètement frigide, et ce malgré les bruitages et les flaques de sang qui inondent les images. Cela dit, pour un premier jeu de baston, c'est plus qu'acceptable. Et c'est tellement beau que l'on ne peut qu'apprécier.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Way of the Warrior is a very beautiful game to look at. Now that the good points have been take care of, let's see what went wrong. First off, the control is absolutely horrible. Jumping around is a near impossibility, let alone the special moves. The music and sounds are decent, but it looks as if too much time was spent on pretty graphics, rather than a fighting game that was a least playable.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
This is one of those games that like a bad movie, you continue to play for hours on end and just laugh. It's a hideous product, one that never should have seen daylight in any form. It might not be so bad if it was an arcade game where a quarter is all it took to realize just how insipid it is, but here is cost people a whopping $50, and that's far more criminal than selling an eight-year-old "Grand Theft Auto 3."
The Video Game Critic
The attacks look stupid and the fights look utterly ridiculous. The controls are unresponsive and the characters hop around like fleas. The backgrounds are colorful but lack personality and fail to convey atmosphere. The audio consists of non-stop White Zombie head banging garbage that you'll be sick of by the second round. Other annoying sound effects include idiotic yells and quips from the fighters. Way of the Warrior is so bad that it's hard to comprehend. It's really more of a curiosity than a game. But perhaps the most shocking part is the fact that it was made by Naughty Dog, the same developers who later would produce the awesome Crash Bandicoot games for the Playstation.