In Battle Arena Toshinden eight world renown weapon fighters have been invited to a mysterious tournament. It is one of the first one-on-one beat-em-ups to feature the ability to sidestep a full 360 degrees around the opponent allowing one to strike from any angle. Aside from the 3D movement, Toshinden's game play can be considered similar to Street Fighter, but in 3d and with a little less depth to the moves.
Two versions of Toshinden were released; for the Sony PlayStation and later a lesser known version for DOS PC's. However the PC version is not a straight port of the PlayStation version and plays and looks notably different despite sharing the same characters, attacks and controls.
The U.S and E.U PlayStation versions of Toshinden feature redone voices in English and redone music using different instruments.
The lyrics on Sofia's stage music in the Japanese version, which were actually in English, were removed in the process, likely due to their suggestive nature.
Sofia's and Ellis' voices in the English translation are also notably adjusted, for presumably the same reason; while the other characters English voices generally match the tones of the original Japanese voice actors, Sofia is far less suggestive sounding, while Ellis sounds notably older.
The later DOS version of Toshinden however, uses the same audio as the Japanese PlayStation version in all regions, albeit recorded at a considerably lower quality than they were on PlayStation.
In this 3D Fighting Game you have to join one of eight different characters. All characters have different special moves. In the tournament you have to fight (and win) against all other opponents. Then you have to fight a “mirror fight” against a reflected image of you. Last but not least you fight against Gaia – the boss character.
Before trying to fight the tournament you can practice new moves in practice-mode. For beginners the game has some helping features. For example you can choose an auto-defense move. The game also has a two-player option.