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Criticom is a one-on-one fighting game where 8 diverse fighters from across the galaxy vie for a crystal artifact. The game features a sci-fi backstory that involves mystery and intrigue surrounding the crystal and each of the 8 fighters is given a unique storyline to explain why he or she is so interested in the artifact. Among the colorful characters are a giant lizard man named Gorm, a ninja lady named Yenji, a killing robot named S.I.D., and a mysterious vampire-like creature named Demonica who places little value on clothing.

The fighting action takes place on a round, elevated platform. Each fighter begins the fight with a full power meter and one power meter refill in reserve that is activated when the primary meter is depleted. Thus, there are no rounds. The fight runs until one fighter is knocked out (no more power in their meter), one is knocked out of the arena (or steps/jumps out), or the time runs out.


Criticom PlayStation Loading...
Criticom SEGA Saturn Options screen
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Criticom SEGA Saturn Fighter selection and matchup screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Criticom: Critical Combat" -- Non-US title
  • "クリティコム -ザ・クリティカル コンバット-" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Game Players PlayStation Jan, 1996 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Playmag PlayStation Apr, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Mega Fun PlayStation Jan, 1996 66 out of 100 66
Ultimate Gamer Magazine PlayStation Jan, 1996 6 out of 10 60
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn May, 1996 59 out of 100 59
Video Games PlayStation Mar, 1996 53 out of 100 53
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Jan, 1996 44 out of 100 44
IGN PlayStation Nov 21, 1996 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Mar 31, 2004 F 0


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    • 1995 (Vol. 8, No. 13) - Best Intro Sequence of the Year (shared with Panzer Dragoon)

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