developer: Sirlin Games
publisher: Sirlin Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / common screen, players: 1-2
Fantasy Strike is a fighting game developed by an independent studio Sirlin Games. It isn’t the first project of this company – it previously developed titles like Puzzle Strike and Yomi. The latter was an unorthodox hybrid of a card game and a fighting game.
The game was developed for casual and veteran fighting game players and it is available on platforms like PS4, PC, and Switch. The general principles are similar to the ones present in other fighting games. The players are taken to a small arena, where they must defeat their opponent within the time limit. The enemy is controlled by the artificial intelligence or by another player. The developers created a few different warriors with unique powers. For example, the players can use an artist, an archer, a man accompanied by a ghost, or a hero who can transform into a dragon.
Fantasy Strike is a 2,5D game. This means that all arenas and characters are three-dimensional, but the battles are fought in two dimensions. The warriors can move to the left and to the right, and they can jump or crouch. The number of attacks is quite limited and the combos are rather easy to perform. However, the game was developed with tournaments in mind, so although it is easy to learn the basics, mastering the game requires time and skills.
It is worth mentioning that Fantasy Strike was originally designed for PC and because of that, it can be comfortably played with a keyboard. The game also supports other controllers, including classic gamepads and the guitar from the Guitar Hero series.
Fantasy Strike features a few classic gameplay modes. Among them, there is a quick duel, local and online multiplayer, practice mode, and Arcade mode. During the Internet play, the game uses GGPO technology that is popular among the fighting games developers – it was also used in games like Skullgirls and Killer Instinct. It limits lags during the matches.
Fantasy Strike features graphics of satisfying quality. The game uses a cartoon-like style, the warriors are animated quite nice, and some attacks are accompanied by various special effects.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2 GHz / AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 960 / 3 GB Radeon R9 280X or better, 6 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10
Minimum: Intel Core i5-4302Y 1.6 GHz / AMD Athlon II X3, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 9800 GTX / Radeon HD 8500 or better, 6 GB HDD, Windows 7