Crossed Swords
One of the games I always wanted to play on the Neo Geo was Crossed Swords. Not because it looked like an awesome game. Not because of stellar reviews, but because I once did a comic book called Crossed Swords. So I had a certain affection to the name. Well, I tried the game and the best I can say about it is that it has a great name! The rest of the game is average at best.

Crossed Swords is a adventure game with a third person perspective. Actually, it is sorta first and third person. The best way to describe it is think of the view you have in Punchout and you get an idea of the perspective. You have to travel from one predetermined location to another, all the while battling different creatures. Think of it as Final Fantasy on rails.

The graphics are very nice and everything is well drawn, as you would expect from a Neo Geo game. The fighting system is pretty simple, with a few choices and that is all. One of the biggest problems with the game is that once you conquer it, you will not have any desire to play it again. A little variety and a good dose of branching story would have increased the playability. But they chose looks over substance and this was the end result.

To its credit, it is a different type of game and considering the Neo Geo is sorely lacking in variety, it gets a nod for that alone. We are talking a system with half of its games being fighting games. That alone is a good reason to own it.

One nice feature it does employ is the ability to have have two players at the same time. This adds to the game as I always like a two player game, especially a two player cooperative game. You and me against the world mentality makes for a fun time. This strongly adds to the game. But once again, you will not want to play it too many times, so it will be a few fun nights and then to the shelf for good.

I must applaud SNK for trying something different and attempting to add some variety to the Neo Geo lineup. With a few additions, they could have had a winner on their hands. The Neo Geo really could have used a good role playing game, but this one isn't it. Guess when you make games with the intent of being arcade games, you have to follow a certain formula. Too bad as this game has potential and a cool name!

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.



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