Written by  :  Chris Martin (1204)
Written on  :  Feb 07, 2001
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Summary

I hate fighting games.... Except this one...

The Good

I positively LOATHE fighting games. I can't stand all the Street Fighters, Mortal Kombats, Tekkens, and other assorted quarter-munching, 30-seconds and you're dead games.

But OMF:2097 is different. I can't put my finger on it, but it's different from the other games.

The graphics are good for its time. But it runs really smooth on my old P233. Th fact that you can adjust the speed of the game jsut goes to show the amount of thought that went into the games design. Another great graphical/gameplay touch is the interactive backgrounds. In each stage there are objects that can cause damage to your robot in the background. For instance, the desert level has jets that do fly-bys and strafe the arena with gunfire. It you get caught in the line of fire, you take damage. But you can also knock your opponent into the strafing run, damaging your opponent further.

The sound is good. Lots of clanging. ;)

The control, for me, is near perfect. I use an old Gravis-style gamepad, which is probably the best gamepad ever made. The game responds very well to the gamepad, which is great during intense fights.

And the gameplay in itself is superb. The entire pacakage of the game is well thought out and easy to learn.

The Bad

Not much. And considering I can't stand fighting games, that's a mircale in itself :)

The Bottom Line

It's a free game now, so there is no excuse for gamers not to enjoy one of the only great Fighting games ever to grace the PC Platform.

Go to the website and download it. I guarantee you'll love it.