Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness

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Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
Cyberbots flyer.png
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Capcom
Publisher(s) Capcom
Composer(s) Takayuki Iwai
Akari Kaida
Masato Koda
Naoaki Iwami
Platform(s) Arcade, Sega Saturn, PlayStation
Release date(s) April 20, 1995
Genre(s) Fighting game
Mode(s) Up to 2 players simultaneously
Arcade system CP System II
Display Raster, 384 x 224 pixels (horizontal), 4096 colors

Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness, known simply in Japan as Cyberbots (Japanese: サイバーボッツ?), is a fighting game developed and released by Capcom in 1995. It is a spin-off a beat'em up game Armored Warriors. Cyberbots was ported to the Sega Saturn and the PlayStation. The game only saw limited distribution in arcades outside of Japan. With the exception of the untranslated PlayStation Network release, none of the console ports were released overseas. Capcom's 1998 Tech Romancer is considered a spiritual sequel for this game.

Gameplay[edit]

The premise in Cyberbots is similar to Armored Warriors, albeit it features only a maximum of two playable characters on screen as opposed to three. Cyberbots is a very innovative game, attributed to its amount of selectable options, parts, and mecha that permit the player to format their play style to their preference. Similar to the Armored Core series, different legs (which affect movement abilities), arms (which affect reach and melee capabilities) and weapons can be mixed and matched between the selectable robots available to the player. Gameplay in Cyberbots is similar to other Capcom-created fighting games, with a medium-sized command list of executing various attacks available to each individual robot. Battles are a duel-formatted affair with players and the computer fighting against one another to proceed to the next battle.

Plot[edit]

In the game the player first chooses the pilot and then the mecha (Valiant/Variant Armor or VA for short) they'll use to fight. The mechas determine the gameplay of the game, but the pilot is what determines the storyline the player will see. Near the end of the 21st century Earth begins to become over populated leading to many people living in man made space colonies. The primary army of Earth, "Earth Force", has been conducting experiments and their work, along with the actions of the playable characters will determine the future of Earth.

Characters[edit]

Major Characters
Name Gender Age Hair Eyes Voice actor Biography
Jin Saotome Male 21 Dark brown Brown Tōru Furuya Jin's father (Ken Saotome) belonged to a unit that was killed in an accident one year before the start of Cyberbots. To honor his memory he seeks to become the best VA pilot alive and wants to prove his worth through the VA battle circuit. He begins to question his father's death after meeting SHADE for the first time. Jin's mood goes from calm to rage within seconds, but he remains a good guy. He is also friends with Gawaine Murdock. Jin has appearances in the Marvel vs. Capcom series and Tech Romancer as a playable character. His main mech is BX-02 Blodia. Blodia appears in PTX-40A's ending in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.
Santana Laurence Male 29 Dark brown Brown Kiyoyuki Yanada Santana is a self-centered loner who makes a living scrounging up parts for VA's and sometimes working as a mercenary. In the past he was the leader of the proud Mars Revolution. Santana knows SHADE and Gawaine. He's likely just an old friend of Gawaine, but he fought SHADE on Mars during the revolution. He's also a bit of a narcissist and a womanizer. Santana also has a cameo appearance in PTX-40A's ending in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.
Mary Miyabi Female 26 Brown Brown Urara Takano She is the only female Captain of Earth Force. When a prisoner escapes she is sent to retrieve him/her and bring them back immediately. While pursuing the prisoner she finds out more about the dealings of Earth Force and turns against them after meeting Arieta, Bao and Mao. She was trained by retired soldier, Gawaine Murdock. Aside for a softside for children she is the typical soldier. She pilots the RF-004 Reptos.
Gawaine Murdock Male 64 White Blue Tesshō Genda Gawaine was a captain of Earth Force who retired at age 63 after the deaths of his men in a training accident. He lives in seclusion from everyone while trying to live out his final days in peace and quiet. He returns after Earth Force begins making trouble. Gawaine was Mary's captain when she was still lieutenant, a close friend of the Saotome family and good friend to SHADE in the past before SHADE was turned into a cyborg. He pilots the GP-N1 Guldin.
Arieta Female 17 Green Green Mika Kanai Earth Force kidnapped children and used them for experiments. Arieta escaped after seeing her friends die in their labs. She doesn't know exactly what Earth Force is trying to do, her only concern is escaping the torture that she had to endure. Without any friends to turn to for help so she runs without knowing where to go. A naturally kind hearted person, she seems to win over anyone she meets, except for SHADE and Devilotte.
Bao and Mao (Bao) Male; (Mao) Female (Bao) 14; (Mao) 11 (Bao) Green; (Mao) Pink (both) Orange (Bao) Kappei Yamaguchi; (Mao) Kae Araki They are siblings that have been caught by Earth Force. They manage to escape and find a VA that's programmed for self-defense. So even though they have no piloting experience, the VA still operates fine due to the programming and sheer luck. Bao is very protective over his little sister. He doesn't know about he Earth Force's dealings and he doesn't care. He just wants to get away from everything safely with his sister.
Chiyomaru Kagura and Tessan Hagure (Chiyomaru) Male; (Tessan) Male (Chiyomaru) 17; (Tessan) 38 (Chiyomaru) Dark brown; (Tessan) Brown (Chiyomaru) Dark brown;(Tessan) Black (Chiyomaru) Ryō Horikawa;(Tessan) Banjō Ginga Chiyomaru Kagura is the head of the resistance fleet while Tessan Hagure is his guardian. The resistance forces' mission is to find and destroy the doomsday weapon created by the Weapon's Brain: G.O.D. The two once part with the Earth Forces until they left to form a resistance forces to oppose the Earth Force's experiments. Chiyomaru pilots the P-10033 Gaits.
Princess Devilotte de Deathsatan IX Female 13 Blonde Blue (Devilotte) Etsuko Kozakura Devilotte is the daughter of a dangerous and reputed Pirate King. She and her two lackeys (Dave the scientist and Xavier the wizard) fly around space looking for people with VAs with the intent to steal them and add to her collection. She is not involved with either side of the dispute in the Earth Force events. She pilots the S-008 Super-8, a mecha in the shape of an octopus that was designed for underwater use. Devilotte has a crush on Gawaine and is constantly blushing during the few moments they interact in the game. Devilotte is the only Cyberbots character apart from Jin that makes appearances in other Capcom games; she appears in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo as a hidden character, an assist character in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes a cameo in Doronjo's ending in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, and a Solo Unit in Project X Zone.
Ken Saotome Male mid-forties at death ? (always shut) Dark brown Tesshō Genda Ken, Shade and Gawaine belonged to the same unit in Earth Force and the three were close. Ken is killed by SHADE one year before the start of Cyberbots. Gawaine wasn't there when it happened and it was believed to be an accident. He looks like a taller, bulkier version of Jin, except he wears green instead of white.
SHADE Male ? ? (Can only see blue on the glass) ? (Can only see blue in the glass) Shōzō Iizuka Earth Force began something similar to a 'super soldier' experiment. They needed someone who was strong and young. SHADE ended up being their candidate. They promised that he would be the perfect soldier but they needed to see if they had complete control over him, so they made him kill everyone in his unit. Earth Force writes the incident off as an accident. Shade is now a cyborg and an attack dog for Earth Force. His memories are a little scrambled and he is trying to remember who he was. Jin's last name is the first thing that starts to refresh his memory (it is later revealed he fought and killed Jin's father, albeit unwillingly. He gets delusional at one point, thinking Jin is Ken). In the end he dies saving Earth, doing one last favor for his old friend. He pilots the UVA-02 Helion.
Final Weapon's Brain - G.O.D.(Ganglions of Omniscient Disrupter) ? (the picture has 3 heads, one is a female, other 2 male) ? ? ? ? G.O.D. is a cybernetic hivemind that ultimately plans to destroy humanity. It mainly controls the mech X-0 Warlock, but in other storyline paths controls Jackal and Killer Bee as well. The brain also seems able to dominate Arieta temporarily.

Reception[edit]

In 2012, GamesRadar included Cyberbots among the little-known classic fighting games that deserve HD remakes.[1]

See also[edit]

Reception[edit]

  1. ^ Lucas Sullivan, 29 obscure fighters that deserve HD remakes, GamesRadar, October 20, 2012.

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