Fairytale Fights – PS3 – Preview 2

Once upon a
time, there lived icons of the fairytale lands – Jack (he of the beanstalk
fame), Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and the Naked Emperor (the scantily
clad lead in the story The Emperor’s New Clothes). Each was enjoying the life
penned for them when along comes another character and sets each up, stealing
their glory and their limelight, the adoration of the masses and making them
appear as the center of a ridicule storm and insignificant.

Well, as
usually happens, that does not sit well with this quartet and they are out for

Fights is not exactly what the name would imply. One would think of a smash-type
fighting game, not one with a storyline and quests that take place outside of
the fantasy village.

game is vicious and violent, full of splattered blood, and dismemberment. This
is not a game for children.

The first
quest you embark on is to find the porridge that was stolen from the Three
Bears. After all, Goldilocks has gone into porridge withdrawal, and business at
the Bears’ eatery will take a hit if the magical porridge pot is not returned.
Well, it seems that the lumberjacks, once a peaceful folk, have turned to a life
of crime and are guilty of Grand Theft Porridge. Your job, as one of the
‘heroes,’ is to recover the porridge pot before it reaches the homeland of the
lumberjacks (and yep, you will see Paul Bunyan wandering around in the
background).  To do this, you have to hack, slash and dash through the
three-dimensional side-scrolling environments, avoiding traps while using a
variety of weapons to devastate any opposition. That means you pick up a sword
made from the skeleton of a swordfish, and battle waves of lumberjacks that try
to get between you and your ultimate goal. The camera will slow and an inset
window will gloriously show you all the dismemberments, while the landscape
becomes awash with blood.

Blood is
slippery, so rather than sure footing, you will start to slide about as the
scene becomes bloodier. Of course there are drops, weapons and coins and jewels
– oh my – and you are scored for what you do. Killing and chain killing earns
big points, as does finding objects. Dying will pull away from your point pool.
Weapons can be thrown, and some are ranged attacks anyway (you get the standard
array of melee weapons as well as some ranged weapons).

The camera,
at least in this pre-release build, could get a little hung up and you can lose
sight of your character. There are also arena modes for just pure carnage
without the pretense of a quest or story.

This is
indeed a twist and somewhat macabre game that takes standard fairytale
characters and manipulates them toward the psychotic.

The controls
are kept easy and the graphics are over-the-top in terms of animation while the
environments are lush. The sound is minimal at best.

Fights releases at the end of the month and is a game that should be kept away
from the younger set.