Game of the Week is here! (and our first Playmore game!)
Rage of the Dragons was originally supposed to be the sequel to the NeoGeo fighting game, Double Dragon. But, Evoga (the developer) couldn't get the rights to the characters. So instead, it became an homage of sorts.
Either way, its a very fun game! Albeit, a bit broken to some. I still recommend playing it! ^^
Rage of the Dragons
Genre: Fighting Players: 2 Size: 564 Released on: AES, MVS, Dreamcast
Rage of the Dragons is a 2002 tag team head-to-head fighting game released for the Neo Geo hardware by Playmore (currently SNK Playmore). The game was co-developed by the Mexican team Evoga and the Japanese company Noise Factory. Evoga worked on the initial planning and designing, while Noise Factory worked on the final graphics, sounds and programming. Rage of the Dragons features a tag team system, in which the player takes control of two characters and can switch between one or the other during gameplay. The character who is not being controlled will slowly recovers part of his or her energy while the other is fighting. The player can perform special combos in which both characters attack an opponent at the same time for added damage.
I really like RotD. I think a lot of people are put off by the newbie slaughtering lack of a learning curve... Put the time in and it's a great game with something distinctly lacking in modern fighters, a challenge.
Oh, and this game is my main reason for hating that FG douchebag F.Yagami. His "review" of this game makes me wanna kick him in the teeth. Few reviews have that effect on me.
RotD has that sort of feeling when you get in the game, although this is another Tag Based Game (though not somewhat similar to Kizuna Encounter), it gets its share of moments. + SBS is in there (Begin credit feed), and some of them appeared as Secret Characters in Matrimeele.
I have never played this, how does it compare to Matrimelle? cos i love that I wateched the video and its looks very good but not amazing. I am not too keen on Tag fighters, actually the only one i like is KOF, i would like to try this game sometime. I wish it was cheaper!
Oh interesting choice for GOTW a highly regarded but seldom mentioned fighter. If this game came out in the late 90s it would probably be more familiar to fighting fans as its a solid game.
Slick and stylish are words that spring to mind and bloody hard, maybe a hardcore fighting fans baby. Nice but unremarkable graphics some backgrounds look great yet others are drab , as for the character design I would say quality is good like Jones the Jim Kelly in Game Of Death catsuit ripoff, how can you not love that great stuff.
Maybe im a wimp I play this on a very easy difficulty setting and still cant beat Johan, I know I have said this countless times but like Last Resort last week I really need to invest more time in it as it has a very cool vibe about it. Very expensive on MVS ( I got mine on multicart thankfully) and horribly expensive on AES Ive heard, which is a shame as a lot of people may only get to experience it on emulation.
Edited by STE C on 15. February 2010 19:09
i have cheated a bit i have this game on a multi-cart and didnt pay an arm and a testicle to play it.
firstly i am a big big matrimelle fan it was my fave neo fighter for a while, but rage of the dragons just isnt as good for me.
dont get me wrong it has some great ideas they have brought to the fighting game universe. but i dont think the characters are as good as matrimelle and theres something aboutthis game that dosnt click with me.
but never the less good effort.
"Handsome punch-bags never loose battles"
- powerwave the punch bag (bonus kun's lame brother)
Love this game. I have the MVS cart but sadly I still need to hook it up to my cab. It works on my AES system with a converter but the game still randomly crashes like it would on a 1-slot board. Fave character is definitely Lynn. In fact, I haven't used my avatar of her all that much so I think I'll switch back to it.
Edited by Raiken on 16. February 2010 02:13
Not really put a lot of time into this game yet but I do enjoy it. Some of the backgrounds look very good and the cast of characters are well designed. Lynn is probably my favourite so far. Music is very good in this game too with some catchy tunes. I struggle to beat Johann he must be one of the toughest Neo Geo bosses ever.
I like the avatar and sig Raiken. Looks very good.
Edited by merlin on 16. February 2010 13:01
One of my favorite non famous Neo Geo games.
I find it kinda strange that it was so overlooked,
probably because it was released so late in the Neo Geo's lifespan.
It had a lot of things going for it. Maybe if had gotten a console release...
Edited by GeeseTheDuck on 16. February 2010 18:56
Late to the party as usual...
Well, Rage of the Dragons is actually a very fun game that manages to implement a tag system without ever slowing the matches down. The character designs and special effects are absolutely lovely, and the gameplay is as tight as any KOF game. It does have some issues though mainly the sub-par sound quality (the soundtrack is good though!) and many moves that are pretty bland and animated as such as well. The AI is very aggressive but fair which makes it a blast to play but I kinda wish it ended with Abobo as the boss because he's hard but not too much so. Johann however would give guys like Igniz a run for his money as he's extremely cheap, even by SNK standards.
Oh yeah the english translation is pretty terrible too even for this system but at least the cut scenes look great. If they improved the voice overs and added some moves - mainly special throws which this game has very few of - then a port could become a lovely little game indeed.
Asuka does not wait until after school, she will kick your ass right now!
You could do some pretty damaging combos if you have all 3 super stocks and a barrier to juggle someone on. Although I think half the damage is red so you can tag out and recover a good deal of it if you can hold off your opponent long enough.
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