OK so right off the bat I have to confess that I dropped the ball on this one. I knew that Pentavision Global’s Koihime Musou game had been scheduled for a Summer 2012 release but I didn’t think about checking on that until the other today. As it turns out, the kit for the game was released back in June, so I missed that completely. But as the saying goes, better late than never so here we go.
Back at the Amusement Expo 2012 event in Las Vegas this year, Pentavision Global, makers of games like DJ Max Technika 3 showcased a non-music game at their booth, a 2D fighter called Koihime Musou. This game had been released to arcades in Japan in 2011 by Rain Entertainment, previously it has been a manga and an anime show revolving around the story of the Three Kingdoms, which other games have also been about such as Dynasty Warriors. This is a kit release as opposed to a dedicated cabinet, which also improves the versatility of the game.
This particular fighting game lets you battle it out with the respective characters from the Koihime series although to be completely honest, I am not familiar with it at all to know how true this game is to previous Koihime Musou work. From a layman’s perspective, the arcade game looks like a cross between Arcana Heart (strong emphasis on female combatants) and Blazblue (some of the crazy effects that happen when you pull off a special move). I’m not sure exactly where this would go in terms of technicality but it does feature a four button layout and there is an EX gauge for powering up to unleash special attacks and combo chains. When you knockout an opponent, you get a brief animation showing the character to do their final combo attack move, which is an interesting touch and from what I have seen, funny in some instances.
The opportunity that this US release offers is somewhat rare since fighting game releases by US companies can be sporadic. Graphically it’s all done in 2D with great animation and colorful characters, plenty of special effects to boot. There is some blood but it is pretty minimal, nothing close to a Mortal Kombat type game, being minimal enough to almost pass by unnoticed.
Here are a couple of videos of the game in action via the developer’s website. If I understand the text correctly, the videos show the game running at 30 FPS while the actual thing runs at 60FPS. They also go up to 720p if your video card can handle that full screen.