It’s not often you see a fighting game on the computer and for
good reason. Just about every fighting game ever made for the
computer has been a complete failure. The only pure arcade
fighting game for the computer I can recall enjoying was One Must
Fall 2010, a classic by Epic. Since then very few developers have
taken a stab at fighters, with the exception of the popular console
series (Virtual Fighter and Mortal Kombat). Tournament of Warriors
doesn’t break any molds or even seem to fit into one, it could
possibly be the worst fighting game ever created.
Tournament of Warriors, which I will now on refer to as
TOW, uses two modes of graphics acceleration: Direct3D and
Glide. Unfortunately TOW does a very bad job at dazzling or even
mildly amusing gamers with its low budget acceleration. Graphic
effects are very weak, and are completely reminiscent of such old
school 3d games as Battle Arena Toshinden. Most of the character
animations are blocky and don’t seem to move and act very
realistically. Textures are also bland and extremely grainy
looking, showing a real lack of detail on the designers part.
Graphics buffs look elsewhere, TOW isn’t for you.
Controls are very basic, consisting of two punches and
two kicks and up, down, forward, and back. Special moves are
done via combinations like back and punch etc. Sound effects fall
to the bottom of the barrel with less than stellar fighting effects.
The sounds of combat can’t be that hard to replicate, I could make
better sound effects with some pots and pans and a few sticks.
TOW contains nine playable fighters and eleven unique
arenas. Just about the only thing this game has going for it is the
arenas. Locales include oasis, laser room, lava pit, wind tunnel,
spider web and more. The arenas aren’t laid out in the traditional
motif, instead they are all shaped differently with obstacles in
them. For example, oasis has small pits scattered around the
arena, which don’t do much but it adds a little twist to the game.
Characters are basically run of the mill weirdo, android, and
buffed out guy deal with no real originality. TOW has several play
modes like player vs character (a fighter/character you create),
and player vs player, but lacks 2 player support. This game fails
because it is sluggish, it’s not intense and it’s not fun. It’s basically
a game of I hit you, you hit me with a few unoriginal special
moves thrown in. For those of you looking for an enjoyable
multiplayer experience, look elsewhere, the creators of TOW
didn’t feel it was necessary to include multiplayer.
This game sucks. I think that just about sums it up. No
one in his or her right mind should ever pay for a game like this.
Some day there will be a good fighter on the PC, I’m positive, but
for now I’ll just stick with my PlayStation.