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It's just a sideshow attraction in Guardian Heroes, but Arcade Mode embodies all of the inimitable, brash creativity that has made its maker, Treasure, one of the best-loved game studios. Imagine, having selected your character in Street Fighter IV, that you were made to fight not one but every character in the game, all of whom piled on you simultaneously in an endless survival gauntlet, without so much as a stutter in frame-rate.
It's mayhem. And not the kind of conservative, Saturday morning children's TV mayhem of so many Smash Bros. titles. It's bona fide wild-men-picking-fights-with-rocks mayhem, the sort that, in the blur of colour and shape, makes it difficult to know where your character ends and an enemy begins. But it's also the kind of mayhem that, in some deep place in your being, unlocks the abandoned joy we all play video games in the hope of rediscovering.
Guardian Heroes is the eldest of Treasure's three seminal releases for Sega's Saturn (the others being Silhouette Mirage and Radiant Silvergun, which was also recently re-released on Xbox Live Arcade). It mixes the side-scrolling fantasy beat-'em-up play style of Golden Axe with the combat complexity of Street Fighter II and threads them into an OutRun-style branching structure. As a result, the Story Mode is at once familiar and, in the unique combination of these iconic designs, fresh and enthralling.
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The side-scrolling brawler already has a makeover booked for its relaunch on Xbox Live Arcade this autumn. Sega wants to know if PlayStation 3 owners are interested, too.
Guardian Heroes is a classic Treasure-developed beat 'em-up from the halcyon days of the Sega Saturn. The remake brings HD graphics, online co-op - and the option to switch back to the original at any time.
Treasure's classic side-scrolling brawler Guardian Heroes is heading to Xbox Live Arcade this Autumn with a fresh lick of paint, publisher SEGA has announced.