Acclaim’s fuzzy combat game is back for another round. The cute n’ furry little animals who pack heat return in Fur Fighters: Viggo’s Revenge.
This episode will not be found on the Sega Dreamcast however. Fur Fighters has made the leap to PS2. The original Fur Fighters let the fur fly in true 3D CGI graphics. This time out, Acclaim has decided to give it a more comic book feel to it. It is still 3D, however the characters are drawn comic book style right down to the colors. It gives the game a much different feel from its predecessor. The original idea was to have cute, furry, innocent looking animals firing big nasty weapons at each other. The irony is captured even more so with this new style of animation.
The original Fur Fighters suffered from horrid control, mostly due to the Dreamcast controller.
However, Acclaim still holds responsibility for not giving players a choice to change the control setup. However, the PS2 controller offers dual analog controllers.
This helps tremendously. Now the left stick can control your aim while the right stick controls your character’s movement. Not my preferred choice, but effective and less annoying. If you’ve never played the Dreamcast version of Fur Fighters, and I’m guessing most of you have not.
However, someone must be playing it to justify a sequel.
Anyway, Fur Fighters pits good animals versus bad animals. General Viggo is an evil cat bent on world domination with a gang of bears. Why are cats always depicted as evildoers?
The good guys consist of the Roofus, the old but wise leader who is a hound. You can also play as a kangaroo, a karate butt kickin’ fire fox, a penguin, a Dragon, and a female pussycat. (No comment.)
The game is a shoot ‘em up. You can roam more than 30 large worlds shooting your enemies. Collect items, solve puzzles etc.
As in the original, Fur Fighters 2 is a great multi-player game too. Gather up to three four friends and a PS2 multi-tap and your rearin’ to go.
Fur Fighters is not my favorite game by any means, but it is fun and even kinda cool.
It’s a good concept, and the PlayStation 2 makes this game more then just tolerable, it’s playable.
So check out Fur Fighters: Viggo’s Revenge, even if you hated it on Dreamcast.
ESRB RATING: T (teen)
MUSIC & SOUND: 6.5