Heavy Metal Thunder (video game)

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Heavy Metal Thunder
Heavy Metal Thunder.jpg
Developer(s)Media.Vision
Publisher(s)Square Enix
Designer(s)Harold Sakuishi (character designer)
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
Release
Genre(s)Action game
Mode(s)Single-player

Heavy Metal Thunder (ヘビーメタルサンダー, Hebī Metaru Sandā) is an action game developed by Media.Vision and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2 console. It was released in Japan exclusively. Production companies Satelight and How Full's participated in the creation of the game.

Gameplay[edit]

The game pits futuristic robots against one another in wrestling matches; the player controls a robot during battles using a four-icon menu. Three actions—strike, guard and grapple—can be executed at any time and augments the player's "beat meter"; the fourth action, called "beat attack", can be performed once the beat meter is filled and inflicts special damage according to how hard the button is pressed.[2] Icons sometime shake to indicate that they are recommended, but the player must react quickly as each turn is timed. A rock-paper-scissors set of rules determined the winner of each pair of actions.[3]

Anime cut scenes and fictional sponsor information are displayed before the start of each match; the player's robot can be customized to alter its appearance.[3]

Plot[edit]

The game is set in a fictional Japan in the year 2980, in which competitive fights between radio-controlled robots has become a popular sport called "Robot-ress"; the player takes on the role of Denki Akihabara, a high-school student whose family runs a butcher shop. Denki decides to become a Robot-ress master after learning about Heavy Metal Thunder, the world's strongest robot. At the beginning of the game, he receives a robot and an invitation to the Titan Fight tournament from his father, who is actually the world champion and owner of Heavy Metal Thunder; the Titan Fight is a competition in which losing robots are destroyed and their owners buried on Death Island.[2] The plot spans roughly thirty years in total, with Denki over forty years old at the end of the game.[4]

Development[edit]

Heavy Metal Thunder was announced at a special event held by Square Enix in Shibuya, Tokyo on March 2, 2005, with the presence of Japanese band Sex Machineguns,[5] it is loosely adapted from Heavy Meta-san, a metal/hard rock show broadcast on TV Tokyo, hosted by gravure idol Yoko Kumada and sponsored by Square Enix.[6] The characters of the game were designed by Harold Sakuishi, creator of the Beck manga series.[5]

The game was showcased in playable form at the Square Enix Party 2005 in Japan.[7]

Music[edit]

Album cover art

The music of Heavy Metal Thunder was composed by various heavy metal bands and musicians, including Michael Schenker and ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman;[2] the eponymous song "Heavy Metal Thunder" written by the Sex Machineguns serves as the theme song of both the game and the Heavy Meta-san TV show.[5] The soundtrack of the game was published in Japan by Toshiba EMI on September 7, 2005.[8]

Reception[edit]

The game sold 3,367 copies the week of its release,[9] it received a score of 30 out of 40 by the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.[1] American multimedia website IGN considered the gameplay simple, but praised the amount of animation used and called the theme song "catchy".[3] American website GameSpot echoed the comments, stating that the game relies on its atmosphere and cut scenes more than gameplay.[2] IGN noted that the game would appeal to fans of Heavy Meta-san and hard rock in general.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Heavy Metal Thunder" (in French). Gamekult. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  2. ^ a b c d Hirohiko Niizumi (2005-08-01). "Heavy Metal Thunder Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  3. ^ a b c d Anoop Gantayat (2005-07-31). "Square Enix 2005: Heavy Metal Thunder Playtest". IGN. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  4. ^ Anoop Gantayat (2005-05-14). "Heavy Metal Thunder Revealed". IGN. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  5. ^ a b c Anoop Gantayat (2005-03-02). "New From Square Enix: Heavy Metal Thunder". IGN. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  6. ^ Rob Fahey (2005-03-02). "Square Enix launches 'variety' show". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  7. ^ Hirohiko Niizumi (2005-06-01). "Square Enix to showcase FFXII this summer". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  8. ^ "Heavy Metal Thunder -The Recordings-". Chudah's Corner. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  9. ^ http://www.famitsu.com/game/rank/top30/2005/09/14/120,1126691215,43370,0,0.html

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