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Was bekommt Ihr also beim ersten 3D-Beat-'em-Up für Euer Nintendo64 geboten? Nun, leider nicht viel mehr als Mittelmaß. Die Polygongrafik ist fehlerfrei, aber nicht besonders aufwendig und macht einen recht groben Eindruck, wodurch auch die digitalisierten Texturen kaum zur Geltung kommen. Besonders schwach fallen auch die Animationen der Kämpfer aus, die sich nur schwerfällig durch die Kampfarena bewegen. Darunter leidet natürlich auch die sowieso nicht ganz überzeugende Spielbarkeit noch zusätzlich. Wer ein Fan von Midways berüchtigter 2D-Prügelspielreihe ist, wird an dem blutigen Treiben sicher seinen Gefallen finden. Spielerisch und grafisch wird allerdings kein N64-würdiges Niveau erreicht.
War Gods 64 does not seem to support Nintendo's ideology of quality over quantity. Hardcore Mortal Kombat fans may enjoy War Gods 64, but it looks like Nintendo 64 owners are still left without a quality fighting game.
War Gods was a good idea that went sour with flawed character design and choppy animation derivitive of its core. That said, it should be noted that developer Eurocom managed an excellent port of the game to Nintendo 64. It's just too bad that there wasn't much there to begin with. Unless you loved Mortal Kombat and don't mind a few uninspired characters to play around with, we recommend waiting.
The replay of War Gods is probably the worst feature. The game isn't difficult on the highest setting, and once you beat the game you don't want to play anymore. Perhaps even you won't want to play it again after you played one match. That is how boring this game is.
War Gods (and games like it) angers me because it blatantly goes against the very promise that many N64 owners counted on when they bought the system. This game was a poor effort in the arcades and any conversion to the home isn't about to improve it. From start to finish there are so few redeeming qualities in this game that they are hardly worth mentioning. To be fair, though, I'm going to point them out at the outset.
All in all, War Gods lends further support to the theory that the N64 is a great machine with some not-so great games. In a gaming world capable of producing a beauty like Soul Blade (for the PSX, which has exactly half the firepower), it's a shame that the same care isn't put into games for the N64. Considering the inflated price of the titles, I'd advise waiting for some of the upcoming biggies (Starfox 64, Zelda 64) and saving those pennies. This one is for the bargain bin at the rental store.
Game Play 64
Ce jeu est pour moi une grosse déception que j'aurais aimé éviter, mais bon, vous savez ce que c'est, le boulot c'est le boulot, et là j'ai plutôt détesté.
War Gods es uno de esos juegos infernales que quizá hubiesen necesitado unos dos, o tres, o veinte años más de trabajo antes de salir al mercado.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
It's bad enough that every single character design is questionable. It's even worse to think they're trapped in something like this. You can almost imagine this game being some sort of sick April Fools joke or a hoax on the gaming community, but it was widely released. We should all take a moment of silence to remember those who have suffered either in the arcade or actually paid money to play this one at home. They're brave souls.
The Video Game Critic
The idea of mythical gods battling to the death sounds exciting, but in fact it's really, really boring. War Gods tries to bring the brutality and mystique of Mortal Kombat to the realm of 3D, but fails miserably.