Alright, it's only common knowledge that some of the best freeware games come from Asia. It's no secret, as the people of The Rising Sun have brought us such classics as Mario, Zelda, Metroid and most relevant to this game - Street Fighter. Of course, these are commercial ventures. We're talking about Freeware. And, even with its free status, Fighters Kyotodai lives up to the standard set by even the commercial gaming industry.
The game follows in the vein of the aforementioned Street Fighter. It's a typical fighting game with Multiplayer, at most and Single Player options.
But what makes this one stand out is the sheer quality. Held abreast to other Alicuu games such as SCWU (Super Cosplay Wars Ultra), you'll see that this is no exception. The first thing anyone will notice is the awesome soundtrack, which starts slamming in from the second the Title Screen appears. It features a home-brewed, I believe, and hard-hitting lager of dance classics, including samples of "Everybody's Free" (Rozalla) and u-tempo'd bits of NWA. This doesn't end at the title screen, though, and carries on throughout the entire game, giving the player an enthralling backdrop against which to fell his foes.
The gameplay is very Street-Fighter -esque, with the implementation of a power gauge and other trademarks of the fighting game franchise. And it does
well mixing these features together to create an overall satisfying experience. It's one of those games you'll show to friends and brag about how you found it on the internet. There are a slew of characters, each with respective and unique moves, giving you a lot of replay value. On top of that, the power gauge mentioned above gives you the freedom of employing three tiers of special attack, each having their own brand of devastation and eye-candy. The controls can be picked up easily, but aren't so easy to master. They may lag a bit.
The graphics featured in this game are top-notch, the sprites seeming as if they've been ripped from commercial games. This also applies to backgrounds and special effects. But this game is not for the amateur gamer, as it can be somewhat difficult. I suggest you take some time to toy around before spear-heading into the Single Player mode, as to acclimate to controls and the mechanics of the gameplay.
Overall, this is a great game 10/10.