Fur Fighters

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Fur Fighters
Fur Fighters Coverart.png
North American Dreamcast cover art
Developer(s) Bizarre Creations
Publisher(s) Acclaim
Platform(s) Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, iPad[1]
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Fur Fighters is a video game developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Acclaim for the Dreamcast in 2000, then later for Microsoft Windows. The game was designed very much as a standard third-person shooter, but used a world populated by cute little animals as its setting. As a result, the game's depiction of violence is very cartoon-like without losing any of its intensity. In 2001, an updated version for the PlayStation 2 was released as Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge.[2] On July 20, 2012, members of Muffin Games, ex-Bizarre Creations staff, announced a conversion for iPad, called Fur Fighters: Viggo on Glass.[3]

Gameplay summary[edit]

In Fur Fighters, the player's job is to rescue the tiny animal babies who have been taken from their parents (in one case, it's the little brother) by the central villain, General Viggo. Viggo has scattered these babies all over the world, requiring the fathers (again, in one case it's the little brother, in another, it's the mother) to explore, confront Viggo's henchmen, and rescue all of them. The gameplay featured many unique aspects for a third-person shooter of the time it was released, most notably making each level an extremely large, expansive area that requires sometimes hours of involved exploration to locate the babies and get rid of the enemies. (Examples include a giant construction site and an entire section of a large city, complete with buildings to explore, including a complete museum of modern art.) Maneuvering through these levels often requires careful observation of the environment so as not to get lost, as well as solving puzzles to figure out where some babies might be hidden or how to gain access to more of the level. Unlike most action games of this type, Fur Fighters distinguishes itself by featuring a system where the player can, at many intervals on a level, switch between one of many animal parents. Each parent has their own advantages and disadvantages, with many having special abilities allowing them to do certain things easier. This substitute system also makes it easier for players who are low on hit points or ammunition to switch to a more suitable character.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (DC) 79.47%[4]
(iOS) 77.50%[5]
(PS2) 70.44%[6]
(PC) 70.40%[7]
Metacritic (DC) 80/100[8]
(PC) 74/100[9]
(iOS) 69/100[10]
(PS2) 64/100[11]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 3/5 stars[12]
Edge 8/10[13][14]
EGM (DC) 7.5/10[15]
(PS2) 6/10[16]
Eurogamer 7/10[17]
GameFan 87%[18]
Game Informer (DC) 7.75/10[19]
(PS2) 6.5/10[20]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[21]
Game Revolution C[22]
GameSpot (PS2) 7.3/10[23]
(DC) 7/10[24]
(PC) 6.1/10[25]
GameSpy (PS2) 88%[26]
(DC) 8.5/10[27]
GameZone 8/10[28]
IGN 8.3/10[29][30]
(PS2) 4.5/10[31]
OPM (US) 3/5 stars[32]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[33]

The entire Fur Fighters series was met with positive to mixed reviews. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 79.47% and 80 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version;[4][8] 70.40% and 74 out of 100 for the PC version;[7][9] 70.44% and 64 out of 100 for Viggo's Revenge;[6][11] and 77.50% and 69 out of 100 for Viggo on Glass.[5][10]

While the game was not a tremendous financial success and went almost unnoticed by the majority of gamers at the time, critically the game was almost universally praised for its size, scope, sense of humour, and attention to detail. The fact that mindless violence was not the sole gameplay element impressed many, and the game went on to become a cult classic of sorts. In an attempt to take the series further with a larger audience, a new version of the game entitled Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge was released in 2001 on the PlayStation 2. It met with mixed success as it was simply an update of the original game with a few minor features included (such as cel-shading and real voices for the characters).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karmali, Luke (2012-07-20). "Fur Fighters Reappears on iPad". IGN. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  2. ^ GameSpot Staff (2001-06-07). "Acclaim ships Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  3. ^ Sterling, Jim (2012-07-20). "The Fur Fighters make their stunning return ... to iPad". Destructoid. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
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  5. ^ a b "Fur Fighters: Viggo on Glass for iOS (iPhone/iPad)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  7. ^ a b "Fur Fighters for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
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  9. ^ a b "Fur Fighters for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  10. ^ a b "Fur Fighters: Viggo on Glass for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  11. ^ a b "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge Critic Reviews for PlayStation 2". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  12. ^ Melville, Bryan. "Fur Fighters (DC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  13. ^ Edge staff (June 2000). "Fur Fighters (DC)". Edge (85). 
  14. ^ Edge staff (June 2001). "Fur Fighters [Viggo's Revenge]". Edge (98). 
  15. ^ "Fur Fighters (DC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2000. 
  16. ^ EGM Staff (August 2001). "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge". Electronic Gaming Monthly (146): 111. 
  17. ^ Bramwell, Tom (2000-09-28). "Fur Fighters (DC)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  18. ^ "REVIEW for Fur Fighters". GameFan. June 28, 2000. 
  19. ^ "Fur Fighters (DC)". Game Informer. 2000. 
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  21. ^ Iron Thumbs (2000-07-12). "Fur Fighters Review for Dreamcast on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  22. ^ G-Wok (June 2001). "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  23. ^ Tracy, Tim (2001-06-22). "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  24. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (2000-07-18). "Fur Fighters Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  25. ^ Ryan, Michael E. (2000-12-06). "Fur Fighters Review (PC)". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2001-02-11. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  26. ^ Alupului, Andrei (2001-06-28). "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge". PlanetPS2. Archived from the original on 2001-07-09. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  27. ^ Mr. Domino (2000-08-07). "Fur Fighters". PlanetDreamcast. Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  28. ^ Snackdawg (2001-07-05). "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge Review - PlayStation 2". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  29. ^ Justice, Brandon (2000-06-23). "Fur Fighters (DC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  30. ^ Steinberg, Scott (2000-11-29). "Fur Fighters (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  31. ^ Smith, David (2001-06-04). "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  32. ^ "Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. August 2001. 
  33. ^ Nichols, Scott (2012-07-23). "Mobile review round-up: Fur Fighters, Fieldrunners 2, Party Wave". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 

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