Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi
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A fighting game in the Star Wars universe.
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, the Emperor employs the services of a deadly young woman named Arden Lyn, master of the ancient martial art of Teras Kasi, to eliminate the key heroes of the Rebellion. Learning of the threat, Luke Skywalker and crew face her directly in a number of locales from the various worlds visited in the original trilogy.
Each warrior starts off fighting bare handed, but has a weapon that they can draw and use, ranging from Leia's staff to Han's blaster, to Luke's lightsaber. A typical fighting game, it features arcade, survival, team, practice, and versus modes. Combat takes place on square arenas, and ring-outs are possible. The backgrounds teem with images from the original Star Wars trilogy, from snowspeeders fighting walkers on Hoth to Endor Shuttle Pad from Return of the Jedi.The control scheme is also typical, and most of the powerful moves involve fairly complex combination of buttons.
Credits (PlayStation version)
133 People (103 developers, 30 thanks) · View all
|Lead Engine & Animation Programming|
|Optimization & Interface Programming|
|Lead Gameplay Animator|
|2D Background Artist|
|Additional 2D Backgrounds|
|3D Background Artists|
|[ full credits ]|
Average score: 55% (based on 12 ratings)
Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 18 ratings with 2 reviews)
The things I liked about this game was that it is a Star Wars video game, which to me means fun to play. It does have a fun factor to it, with options to customize your game play, and five secret characters to unlock--Darth Vader, Mara Jade, Stormtrooper, Jodo Kast, and Princess Leia! (in bikini). The characters have two costumes each, believable voices, (though not the actual cast members), and the locals are accurate and recognizable. The controls are fairly typical for a fighting game, and each character has at least two "super combos" they can perform once their combo meter is full.
The concept of this game was good, but it didn't live up to its potential. The graphics are poor, much less than what the PlayStation is capable of. Although the controls are fairly easy to use, they are kind of sluggish, and the fighting engine is substandard--it's more like Battle Arena Toshinden than the Street Fighter series. The characters are unbalanced, and the locals are much too obviously "squared off." There are virtually no real "endings" for the characters, usually just a few seconds of yawn-inspiring video, or in the case of two characters, the character's portrait and a few lines of text is all you get.
The Bottom Line
What this game could have been is not what this game is. A Star Wars-themed fighting game is a good concept, but this is a poorly-done game. If you are a die-hard Star Wars fan, you might find this game fun when you are extremely bored. One redeeming quality is that you can put the CD into an audio CD player and skip the first track to listen to some Star Wars music (though for some unknown reason, the main theme is missing from these tracks).
PlayStation · by Christopher Sutler (5) · 2011
Basically, the only thing I liked about this game is that it is a Star Wars game. The sounds are tolerable and the places you fight in are actually recognizable. After you're sick of the game, you can use it as a frisbee.
Almost everything. The graphics are amazingly poor for a game for the playstation. The controls are clunky. There is a distinct lack of balance between the fighters. The arenas are all the same except for textures, the sounds are poor, and the gameplay is the same over and over again. The menu even seems off, lacking any kind of Star Wars feel.
The Bottom Line
If you are a hardcore star wars fan.(You eat star wars cereal, you wear star wars pajamas, play with star wars action figures, etc.) then you possibly might want this game. Elsewise, avoid this game like a blaster shot to the head.
PlayStation · by James Kirk (150) · 2003
Masters of Teras Kasi introduces the character of Arden Lyn to the Star Wars universe.
In Finnish, "teräs" means steel and "käsi" means hand. "Teräskäsi" would mean steel hand, but "Teräs Käsi" doesn't mean a thing in any language I know of.
10 in the Top Ten Worst Fighting Games video.
Related Sites +
Official Masters of Teräs Käsi Site
Contains character profiles, a moves list, and other media.
- MobyGames ID: 3702
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Game added by Ray Soderlund.
Game added April 5th, 2001. Last modified February 27th, 2023.