Set in the 19th century, strong believers of
legends, myths and superstition search for fame, fortune and glory. One legend
above all is sought after by many, a treasure which can make any dream come
true. Believers from all over the world set out to search for this treasure, and
are forced to fight against one another in pursuit of the legendary Power Stone.
The characters are a mixed
bag, but some are catchy.
Originally released on the Sega NAOMI arcade
board and later ported to the Dreamcast & Sony PSP, Power
Stone is an innovative 3D fighting game featuring 10
original characters. Power Stone clearly isn't the typical fighting game, which
is surpising considering it comes from Capcom's neck of the woods.
In Power Stone, players can freely run around fully interactive environments as
they battle it out. Power
Stone prides itself on being the first "go-anywhere grab-anything" fighting game, and
offers a gameplay experience unlike any other on the market. You might say
Power Stone's art style and theme is on the "kiddy" side, but the gameplay is
clearly where it's at. At the time of its release, it was certainly an
innovative and "refreshing" fighting game.
Giant hammer of death...
The three dimensional gameplay of Power
Stone allows fighters to pick up and fight with random objects as
chairs, tables, bombs, bazookas, flame throwers, swords, Molotov cocktails and countless more,
all can be used against your enemy. During the battle, "Power Stones"
will appear in random places within the arena. When a character collects three Power Stones,
he or she will transform into a raging
"super being," which allows them to execute insane power "Fusion
Moves." Each character has two of these... one is usually a long-range
attack and the other a grab or close-range move.
If you're looking for "uniqueness" and
"off-the-wall action" out of a fighting game, Power
Stone may be your ticket. Although the characters
might be a bit goofy and childish, the gameplay can be pretty addicting and definitely worth a
Power Stone isn't a "serious" fighting game, but it's definitely worth
owning if you have a Dreamcast. The sequel, Power Stone 2 was released a year
later, introducing 4-player combat and several new characters.