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  • Summary: There are only two ways out of the Dark Tournament ? victory or death ? and Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament takes players inside the dangerous fighting arena to see if they are up to the challenge. Playing as one of over 25 Yu Yu Hakusho franchise characters, combatants can execute fast, high-power attacks authentically derived from the TV show. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. This is strictly a fan game, and in that vein, it is a success.
  2. This title is complete fan service to those who like the anime, and will largely be enjoyed by these people, just be careful of the occasional cheap comeback by the computer.
  3. A game that (probably) does as much justice to the cartoon series as you can expect, and while fans of ‘proper’ fighting games will overlook it – with some justification – it’s not without its merits. The visual style, special effects, damageable arenas and, we understand, proper voice actors all lend themselves to a fairly well rounded experience.
  4. 55
    To a fan, if you can get over the fighting's sluggish pace, there's much nostalgia to be had. For the rest, this is one ghost file that best remains closed.
  5. If you dig the Yu Yu Hakusho anime (particularly the Dark Tournament saga) then you’ll be pretty satisfied with this bare-bones PS2 brawler.
  6. Only ultra-devoted Yu Yu fans will think this doesn't suck. [Jan 2005, p.72]
  7. With only eight stages, poor controls, and moderate visuals, its solid line up of 25 characters cannot save this game’s fate of falling below mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. AndresO.
    Sep 29, 2004
    It is hard one of the best fighting games ever that actually gave me a challenge.
  2. YusukeU.
    Sep 20, 2004
    Action-packed, thrilling, easy-to-follow story-line, and, most of all, it gets you hooked.
  3. Mar 23, 2014
    Story-10/10 Graphics-6/10 Fun- 9/10 Controls and Ease to learn- 4/10 Length- 6/10 Replay ability- 2/10
    Music- 9/10 Difficulty- 10/10
    Overall- 9/10

    As a fan of yu yu hakusho I must say when I first played this game I was excited. I just recently replayed the game and it was still as exciting. Although the graphics have died a little but it is still decent to look at. The game is truly only for the hardcore who loved the show like me. It is a fun game to play the real issue becomes with the difficulty. It is a tough game to learn and to master and without such training you may not get to beat the whole game. There is a training but with so many characters it would seem impossible to master. The length is actually really short but the dark tournament itself wasn't that long either so you can't expect much. Within the game the music is a nice touch to keep you entertained but not enough unless you truly love the show. The game is decent from start to finish if you are a hardcore fun but otherwise you may not be as impressed overall I give it 9.2 out of 10.
  4. DanA.
    Sep 24, 2007
    The only challenge had in this game is trying to understand why it's such a slow paced fighting game that relies on basic combos to have an actual fight. It's sickeningly boring, and this is coming from a person who can say Yu Yu Hakusho is my favorite anime series. Collapse