Retro Gaming 90’s- Cyberbots Full Metal Madness: (1995)

There were various arcade fighting games that were popular during the mid 90’s such as Tekken 2, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Mortal Kombat III that were considered to memorable to many people. But there were also games such as: Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness that hardly get talked about at all due to its lack of popularity. For those who are unaware Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness was developed and published by Capcom; with the game initially being released in arcade centers worldwide in ’95. Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness was eventually ported to the PS1 along with Sega Saturn in ’97 but remained exclusively Japanese. There was really no explanation as to why the original Cyberbots game was never released on home consoles in America. Its quite possible that Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness would have been overshadowed a variety of 3D video games that appeared on the PS1 between ’95-’99. While the fighting genre was still very popular during the second half of the 90’s decade games like Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, Gran Turismo and Tomb Raider were huge attractions on the PS1. While the visuals for Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness looked impressive it seemed like a basic fighting game compared to the likes f the KOF series from the mid to late 90’s.

Similar to the likes of the Street Fighter Alpha games players had a gauge that allowed them to perform “Super Specials” once they were full. One of the things that stood out the most with Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness was the use of mechas during combat; especially since it felt similar to that of of Gundam Wing: Endless Duel from ’96 for the SNES but slightly more advanced to a degree. As a fighting game Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness could of been more popular than it was if the title was released a few years earlier in arcade centers. By the late 90’s 2D head to head fighting games were beginning to decline in popularity in favor of 3D titles. However, Full Metal Madness was popular enough to a point where Capcom added one of the main characters Jin Satome to their Marvel vs Capcom arcade game back in 1998. While Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness did give off Gundam vibes and looked unique in terms of presentation; the idea of mechas and giant robots battling one another in a science fiction anime/video game was more appealing in the mid 80’s-early 90’s time period.

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