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ADVANCE VARIABLE GEO
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アドヴァンスド ヴァリアブル・ジオ
©1994 TGL/GIGA
Release : 1994-7-22 (¥8800)
SuperCDRom² GLCD4001
Fighting game

Advance Variable Geo, Advance V.G for short, is a one-on-one fighting game by TGL (Technical Group Laboratory) and only features powerful and cheerful cute girl fighters. The player can pick a fighter from an impressive list of nine: Yuka Takeuchi a waitress and heroine of the game, Chiho Masuda a Ninja-girl, Manami Kusunoki a weird and cute girl with cat-gloves, Jun Kubota, Satomi Yajima, Ayako Yuki, Elirin, Kaori Yanase and Reimi Jahana. Like many traditional fighting games, Advance Variable Geo offers two single play modes : 'Normal' where the player can train against any fighter and 'Story mode' where only Yuka is playable - without forgetting the obligatory two-player versus mode. The story of the game is quite unusual - waitresses from different restaurants fight in large tournaments using powerful super-attacks and special fighting techniques. Controls are similar to the ones found in ultra-popular games such as Capcom's excellent Street Fighter : Low/Hi kick, Low/Hi punch and each fighter has her own set of special moves. It is strongly recommended to play Advance Variable Geo with a 6-Buttons controller.
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Variable Geo was first released in 1993 for the NEC PC-9801 Japanese computer. Advance Variable Geo was also released for Nintendo's Super Famicom and was renamed, as you would have probably guessed, Super Variable Geo. Other conversions came out later for Sony's Playstation in 1996 and Sega's Saturn in 1997. A special collection edition is also available for the Playstation and comes in a larger box which includes a jigsaw. A sequel, called Advanced V.G. 2 was released for Sony's Playstation in 1998. An animated series called Variable Geo was also released in Japan. It closely follows the game's story and features a fighting tournament organized to determine the world strongest (female fighter) waitress. The anime has however an odd aspect to it and every attack sorts of tear up the fighter's clothing to shreds. I let you imagine the outcome, hence the series only features female characters...


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Advance Variable Geo was released quite late in the PC Engine system's life, which is usually not a bad thing and is often synonymous with the word 'quality'. Fighting games were hot back in 1994 with titles such as Capcom's Street Fighter or SNK's Fatal Fury leading the genre. In this context, Advance V.G, despite showing some great qualities (large sprites, nice library of moves), fails to deeply impress and ends up being just above average. Nothing bad, really, it is certainly highly playable and features nicely done cutscenes and character design. All in all, a correct fighter which will certainly appeal to hardcore fans of the genre but without adding anything particularly new to it.




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