Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm is a new fighting game that releases in a couple of days and – contrary to pretty much all other fighting games – sticks to 2D visuals. Nyu Media has provided us with a review code for Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm, and you can read below our first impressions with it.
Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm is developed by 3 former SNK / King of Fighters developers. According to its description, the game features 11 playable characters that draws heavy inspiration from Street Fighter III, focusing on delivering solid and accessible gameplay based around reading your opponent, parrying and countering.
Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm features online play with rank matches and leaderboards, a fully-featured training mode and a unique commentary system which provides tournament-style real-time commentary from veteran commentators including Kokujin, KSK, Tokido, Jchensor, UltraDavid, and Maximilian.
While on paper everything sounds cool, we have to admit that we were a bit let down by the available options. And that’s the biggest issue of the game in our opinion. For starters, there is no way – in-game – to change the directional keys for both players. There are no graphics options at all, there is no way to change the game’s resolution, and the way via which you can edit the game’s key buttons is troublesome as there are no indicators about which – keyboard – keys do what.
As we’ve already said, Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm is developed by former SNK / King of Fighters developers. And while the game will definitely remind of KOF, it does not come close to Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Most super moves are not that impressive, and pretty much all characters appear to have a limited number of special moves.
This does not mean that Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm is a bad fighting game. Far from it. Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm is really entertaining. The team has done an incredible work with its 2D visuals (despite the fact that the game is locked at 480p) and its music themes. Animations are fluid, hits feel great (and not fake-ish like in some other triple-A fighting games) and while the game is easy to learn, it’s really hard to master. Once you’ve mastered a character, you’ll be able to deliver some interesting combos.
All in all, at its heart, Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm is a really interesting fighting game that is let down by its awful menu/graphics/controls options. We strongly believe that the game would greatly benefit from a complete overhaul, though this is not going to happen. Still, if you can overlook them, you will find a deep and fun fighting game; a real tribute to old-school SNK 2D fighting games.