Another hit at the AMOA Exhibition was a new fighting game from Atlus called Power Instinct. This is a fighting game with definite comical overtones.
The story behind the game is a complex one. The Gogetsu Clan is about to have a contest to pick their new leader. Anyone with bloodlines in the clan can enter the tournament. Eight contestants have answered the call from various places around the world. At this point, the outcome of the tournament is anyone's guess.
The eight combatants are as diverse in their fighting styles as they are in their individual backgrounds. There's Reiji Oyama, the Martial Arts Master; Annie Hamilton, the quick and agile warrior; White Buffalo, the Indian Brave whose courage is second-to-none; Keith Wayne, a brawler with a bad attitude; Thin Nen, a master of inner strength; Angela Beuti, the ruthless vixen; Hattori Saizo, the speedy ninja; and finally Gogetsuji Otane, the elderly woman with a nasty disposition and the ability to suck out her opponent's youth for 10 seconds!
Each player has a fighting style all his/her own. Quick dash-and-retreat moves also figure prominently into the game play. Throws can be used to slam opponents helplessly to the ground. Air and long distance attacks do wonders to disable your adversaries and take them out of contention.
The graphics, sounds and overall playability of Power Instinct make it a joy to play. The hilarious attacks will definitely put a large-scale grin on your face! The characters are really, really funny.
All of the cabinet's controls are easy to get to in the heat of battle.
The moves are also set up for an easy learning curve. When Atlus designed Power Instinct, they obviously had one word in mind...FUN and FUNNY! Well, OK, that's two words. Anyway, you'll get the idea when you play Power Instinct by Atlus! Very cool!