Information about the cinematic universe including famous superheroes in Japan such as Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Godzilla, . . is being worked on with two released films, Shin Godzilla and Shin Ultraman.
Information about the cinematic universe including famous superheroes in Japan such as Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Godzilla, . . is being worked on with two released films, Shin Godzilla and Shin Ultraman. The idea of letting superheroes into the same universe requires not only a detailed and massive script, but also the issue of character copyright. It may sound daunting, but since 2001 there’s been a game studio that’s done what was almost unthinkable at the time: bringing together all of the Showa-era superheroes into a single game. . It’s Banpresto with the game Super Tokusatsu Taisen.
First, we need to understand some concepts:
Tokusatsu is a Japanese noun that stands for Tokushu Satsuei Gijutsu, which means special effects used in movies such as smoke, fire, and flying. Usually, the theme of Tokusatsu movies is heroes, “superheroes” in strangely designed costumes, and sometimes monsters, robots…
The Kamen Rider Series is a tokusatsu series that debuted in 1971.
Ultra Series, also known as Ultraman, in Vietnam is known as Photoelectric Superman. is the collective name for all the media products produced by Tsuburaya Productions that feature Ultraman and the character’s brothers and numerous Ultra Monsters villains.
Why do we need to know these concepts? The main reason is that Super Tokusatsu Taisen is a game that brings together almost all the typical faces of famous superhero movies in Japan of the Showa period such as Kamen Rider Ichigo, Ultraman, Gavan, . . . and create a world featuring the events of all the characters mentioned above. Thanks to that, we will see the interaction of superheroes when they meet, fight side by side for humanity, as well as the cooperation, or rather, mutual exploitation of evil organizations. How will. This is an interesting idea, isn’t it?
At the beginning of the game, you will need to choose your opening character, similar to your Super Robo War brother. Which character you choose is not only related to your preferences, but it is also the direction of the game later with 2 routes Biology and Mechanics.
Choosing different routes also leads to different levels, making replaying almost a must if you want to complete the game 100%. The number of levels in the game is up to 88 and if you want to complete 100%, it will take you up to 40 hours of cheats!
Basically, the gameplay of Super Tokusatsu Taisen is almost similar to Super Robo War, if you have ever played a game in the Super Robo War series, you can completely play STT comfortably without too much trouble for you. Although the game is entirely in Japanese.
In the game, the size of the unit also affects the gameplay, as large units like Ultraman, Kaiju, Giant Robo, . . . Cannot attack small units such as minions, life-size heroes, mini monsters, . . . but vice versa. Pay attention to this during the game.
In addition, in the game there are also a number of units in the form of vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, planes, tanks, . . . These units can contain humanoid units inside and depending on the nature of the vehicle can attack the enemy or not. But whether it is possible to attack or not, during the turn of the human unit “entering” the vehicle, the vehicle will just stand still. . .
The strength of Super Tokusatsu Taisen is that it possesses a rich and diverse character base, spanning many famous series such as Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Sentai, . . . At the same time, the gameplay is not much different from Super Robo War, making the game quite accessible even for new players or do not know Japanese. In the game, there are quite a few cutscenes taken from the original movie that will help increase the nostalgia for the game.
The above strengths are unfortunately not enough to make up for the game’s rather fatal weaknesses. First, the game has a lot of characters but they are quite “old” characters, the closest to the game is Kamen Rider Black RX which has also been around since 1989 – ie games for 12 years! It makes young gamers not know these characters, and those who do know are already parents or even grandparents by the time the game comes out. It reduces quite a lot of excitement for players.
In addition, the timing of the game release is not good at all. At the same time on PS1 there were two games that were trendy and much better than Super Tokusatsu Taisen, namely Nimpuu Sentai Hurricanger and Kamen Rider Ryuki. Not only are they more trendy, these two games are action/fighting games that will be more accessible to younger players than a boring turn-based game like Super Tokusatsu Taisen.
Although there are quite a few bad points, as well as a big obstacle for international players – that is, there is no English language, but this is still a game worth experiencing with as much good content as here. It’s also one of the ways to learn about Japan’s early superhero shows.