Flying Dragon (N64)
When I first tried out this game I basically thought it was gonna be the same as most fighting games. Turned out I was wrong. It's much (not THAT much) different. This is really a pretty good game. Very Japanese, from the graphics to the audio. I feel that this game deserved more publicity than it's been getting.
Graphics 8.5 out of 10
The graphics are really touched up in this game. Unlike most games like Goldeneye, when Bond keeps a straight face even when he dies, this game actually has the characters changing expressions as they do certain moves. The only game that I've played that does this is B.I.O. Freaks. In Virtual Mode, even though they don't change expression in this mode, the graphics are even smoother, as well as the animation. The only thing that bothers me about this department of the game is whenever you do a special technique, he has little sparkles coming out of himself. I don't know what's up with that, but you got to take the bad for the good, and overall the graphics are really good.
Music and Sound 5 out of 10
Oh, boy, this department REALLY brings down the game's score. If you're playing on Virtual Mode, the music is pretty good, but if you are in SD mode, TURN THE VOLUME DOWN!!!! Just because they have cheap music in most of the anime shows you see on Cartoon Network doesn't mean that Nintendo can put cheap music into this game. The music for Shouryu's place is especially annoying. It is even more annoying along with the noise he makes when hit. "Da-da-da-da-da-da!!!!" Do you know anyone that makes that noise after getting thrown?! I don't! Anyway, this department really devastated the game's score.
Game Challenge 7.5 out of 10
It's not like anyone can't beat the regular Tournament. Even a three-year-old could probably do it. The Championship Tournaments are a little difficult, after the first one anyway. The Ryumaou Tournament is what brings the score in this category up. All the participants are the bosses that were in the championship mode. So that does make up for the other tournaments in this mode.
Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10
With 200 different items to equip your fighter with, and so many tournaments to enter in, multiply that by nine (one secret character), and the equation adds up. The answer? A really LONG game that's a joyride all the way. Sorry about the math words.
Replayability 8.5 out of 10
With amazing game play, secret characters and two different game modes, Flying Dragon is defiantly worth playing over and over again. And just as it says on the back of the box, it is never the same game twice.
Game Value 9.5 out of 10
Oh, man, this game was worth every single penny. At a price of $54.99, this is more than worth the price. A game that costs the amount of one, but lasts as long as two or three.
Overall 8 out of 10
In conclusion, this game just about excelled in every category except audio. If there was an option to turn off the music, this game would get a much better score. That shouldn't really take away from it's playability, however. Flying Dragon is a great game sure to keep you entertained for a long time.