DescriptionTech Romancer is a 3D beat-em-up with a difference: rather than controlling a martial artist, the player selects one of the several available giant robots (mechs). These range from the absurd (a huge, spherical mech with a boat and bus for feet, a house for a head, train for one arm and office building with wrecking ball for another) to the "typical" anime styled mecha (beam-firing chest gem, detachable rocket-powered fists) to a more westernised idea of a mech (huge, sluggish, equipped with heavy cannon, rockets, missiles and land-mines).
The gameplay takes part in large 3D arenas, usually dotted with buildings and other landmarks, many of which are destructible and may contain power-ups. Game controls consist of two attack buttons, one block and one jump. Characters have a special bar; once it is full (up to a maximum of three times), a special move can be executed. There is an armour bar, which depletes as the characters takes or blocks certain hits; if it runs out the character will start taking hefty damage even when blocking. The life and time-bars are self-explanatory, and there is also the special-weapon inventory, which can hold up to five special weapons at a time (these are picked up from the battlefield or stolen off the enemy).
The main single-player mode is a story mode, which is completely different for each character and, for most characters at least, branches many ways, often with multiple endings depending on choices made and targets met.
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- "超鋼戦紀キカイオー" -- Japanese spelling
- "Choukou Senki Kikaioh" -- Japanese title
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|Giant Robots! Anime stylings! Completely over the top action! What more could you want?||Dreamcast||yprbest (100)|
|Defunct Games||Dreamcast||Aug 13, 2005||90 out of 100||90|
|neXGam||Dreamcast||Dec 27, 2009||8.7 out of 10||87|
|GameSpot||Dreamcast||Jan 20, 2000||8.6 out of 10||86|
|Game Informer Magazine||Dreamcast||Jul, 2000||8.5 out of 10||85|
|SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)||Dreamcast||Aug 12, 2010||8 out of 10||80|
|Retrogaming.it||Dreamcast||Jul 23, 2008||8 out of 10||80|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Dreamcast||Jul 20, 2000||15 out of 20||75|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Dreamcast||Aug 29, 2000||7 out of 10||70|
|Video Games||Dreamcast||Jul, 2000||59 out of 100||59|
|The Video Game Critic||Dreamcast||Feb 11, 2012||C||50|
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