Yahoo UK Review: Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram

One of arcade elite arrives on Xbox 360 via Xbox LIVE, bringing tears to the eyes of arcade-goers of the late 1990s.

The mech (a.k.a. robot) fighter Virtual-On emerged from an era where SEGA's other flagship battler Virtua Fighter was top dog in the arcades. Realism wasn't an option as it is now. In 1998 the aesthetic of brightly-lit polygonal characters was enough to make gamers giddy, and in Japan especially the manga-style 'Virtuaroids' of the loftily titled Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram became an instant hit.

A couple of interesting points about the existing fan base in the UK. Or maybe more, let's see. First of all there were never very many of them, they either owned a SEGA Saturn when everyone else PlayStation, or later a SEGA Dreamcast instead of a PlayStation 2. They were committed gamers, the more complicated the better, loved SEGA especially and – truth be told – more likely than not to have a bit of the Japanophile about them. None of which adds up to mass market success.

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