Titus has announced that they are bringing their brutal 3D
fighter, Barbarian, to Gamecube this year. Best of all,
it's scheduled to hit as early as next month! This title is somewhat
of a surprise as it came out of nowhere and yet is shaping up
to be a strong fighting title. Titus is proclaiming Barbarian
as a action/adventure/RPG hybrid, and from the looks of it I'm
getting the feeling that it's like Gauntlet: Dark Legacy if
it were a fighting game. The game will include 10
fighters to begin with, and each has his/her own massive storyline
to follow with 300 different story branches. To add to the
gameplay there will be many optional mini quests that include
different fighting rules.
These fights to
the death will take place in very large multi-tiered, interactive
arenas. Virtually every item in each level can be used as a
weapon, taking some of it's gameplay ideas from games like Powerstone
for Dreamcast and expanding on them. Barbarian
will include a RPG style experience point and upgrade system for
you to build your character. You can upgrade your combos to
a better style or upgrade your attacks to be more
powerful, the choice is yours.
If you think this
game is a solo mission, think again. Barbarian will
thrive on multiplayer action as you and your friends do battle in
the massive levels. Four people battles not enough for you?
Then change the options and throw in four more AI characters for a
total of up to eight fighters on screen at once. With that
many characters the mayhem is sure to reach it's limit.
Then just when
you think the action is over Titus also promises that there will
be plenty of unlockable goodies and Easter eggs to keep the game
fresh long after it's been beaten. Overall this looks to be
a promising title that may become a sleeper hit all it's own.
Look for it to hit store shelves on August 20th.