FIST (1996 video game)
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Sony PlayStation cover art
|Developer(s)||Genki / CAPS|
FIST (フィスト Fisuto?) is a 1996 3D polygon-based fighting video game developed by Genki and CAPS and published by Imagineer for the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn game consoles. It is the third game in the Seifuku Densetsu Pretty Fighter series and the first in the series not only in 3D, but also to feature playable male characters.
The object of the game is to knock the opponents out two out of three times in order to win. The controls use a directional control pad or stick for moving around, while three buttons are used for three basic moves: punch, kick and guard. This makes FIST very similar to Sega's Virtua Fighter series, Namco's Tekken series and other 3D fighting games. Unlike in most 3D fighting games however, the stages allow players to move as far to the left or right as they want, making it lack "ring-outs".
There are two different play modes: Scenario and VS.. In "Scenario" mode, it is very similar to most 1P (or "Arcade") modes seen in many fighting games, except after the player knocks out four opponents, an artwork (or "Card") of the player's selected character shows up, while being unlocked in "Card" mode to view. There is also a timer for showing how long it takes a player to complete the mode. In "VS." mode, two real players play a head-to-head match against each other like in other multiplayer modes of other fighting games.
There is a character option screen that is used for viewing a character while rotating and zooming him or her in and out. Players also can read the character's stats. This feature is also usable during matches by pausing the game. Another feature in the Options menu allows listeners to go to a voice actor/actress screen to view and listen to voice actress data.
An in-game feature showcases 6 voice actress for the girls in FIST. Some characters from the previous Seifuku Densetsu Pretty Fighter series are also featured in FIST.
- Marin Aoki (青木真琳?) (voice actor: Kyōko Hikami)
- Ai Momoyama (桃山 愛?) (voice actor: Ikue Ōtani)
- Maria Christel (マリア・クリステル?) (voice actor: Kikuko Inoue)
- Tokikaze (刻風?) - Tokikaze is a ninja girl dressed in purple. Nothing else is known about her.
- Bunny Mei (バニー・メイ?) - Bunny Mei is naturally dresses as a Playboy bunny. Mei has blue hair in a long braid and blue eyes.
- Masumi Dotsuki (土月真澄?) - Masumi Dotsuki has pink hair and blue eyes and is considered the strangest fighter in the series. Dotsuki dresses in animal costumes everywhere she goes, including school. Masumi's first name is misprinted as Masami on the back of the cover.
- Arts (アーツ?) - Arts is one of two guys in this series. Arts wears an outfit similar to Terry Bogard and has a moveset like Jack's from Namco's Tekken series, but is an entirely original character made for FIST.
- Andy (アンディ?) - Andy is the other guy in the series besides Arts. Andy has a small area of purple hair on his bald head and is also large. Andy uses wrestling moves and his size to take his enemies down.
The title screens, lifebars, character select screens (including portraits) of the Saturn and PS1 versions are different compared to each other. The graphics of the 3D models seen in the PS1 version appear to be thinner and smoother than the ones in the Saturn version.
A single CD is included with the package which contains three songs of the typical J-pop variety. The first track on the single CD lasts for 10 minutes and contains a song as well as a lot of character dialogue to listen to. Tracks 2 and 3 are songs that last for about 3 minutes, each making them the average length of a standard pop song.
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Like its predecessors in the Seifuku Densetsu Pretty Fighter series, FIST received poorly rated reviews due to the limited movesets for each character, while being very unoriginal..