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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade; Also known as "Virtual On"] The arcade classic CYBER TROOPERS VIRTUAL-ON ORATORIO TANGRAM comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade! Keeping the classic mech fighting style, Virtual-On returns enhanced with intense HD graphics and a thrilling 1-on-1 online multiplayer battle mode. Giant[Xbox Live Arcade; Also known as "Virtual On"] The arcade classic CYBER TROOPERS VIRTUAL-ON ORATORIO TANGRAM comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade! Keeping the classic mech fighting style, Virtual-On returns enhanced with intense HD graphics and a thrilling 1-on-1 online multiplayer battle mode. Giant mechs: Enjoy all the thrills of the classic arcade mech fighter in the comforts of your home on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Full roster: Choose from 15 playable Virtuaroids, each highly stylized with unique characterstics and moves. Multiplayer: Online multiplayer mode allows players to battle head-to-head with friends from around the world. Fast action: Fast visceral action is heightened by the intense HD graphics. Customization: The unique "color editing" feature lets you customize your Virtuaroid in the style of your choice. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. If you have fond memories of the Dreamcast game, then rest assured you'll be getting the same quality out of this port.
  2. The various battlegrounds of Virtual On are just as well modeled as the Virtuaroids and are pretty expansive for a mid-’90s video game.
  3. The closest version to the arcade yet but do try the demo first to make sure you can get into it.
  4. A bright and cheery Mech’em’up with a bright charm and nostalgic gleam that despite its problems is worth checking out, provided you agree with the price.
  5. A fairly straightforward arcade conversion, but still a unique mix between fighter and shoot 'em-up.
  6. With no major update to the visuals or sound and a lack of online players, you really have to ask the question; is it worth it for a few mechs? If you are a cult fan of the series, then yes it is. But for the new players and the guys sitting on the fence, there are far better things to spend a tenner on.
  7. X-ONE Magazine UK
    60
    Not even the warm blanket of nostalgia provided by robots with Dreamcast backpacks and VMU save icons can save it from "dedicated fans only' territory. [Issue#47, p.101]

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  1. Mar 22, 2012
    10
    Incredible sorprise. This game of SEGA is really amazing, addictive, funny, interesting, is a geat fighting game. Virtual On: Oratorio TangramIncredible sorprise. This game of SEGA is really amazing, addictive, funny, interesting, is a geat fighting game. Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66 is amazing. Good job. Expand
  2. Dec 25, 2018
    10
    Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram (VOOT) is a an absolute masterclass one-on-one fighter. It accomplishes the rare feat of combining blazing fastVirtual On: Oratorio Tangram (VOOT) is a an absolute masterclass one-on-one fighter. It accomplishes the rare feat of combining blazing fast action and deep strategy at the same time. Add awesome mech designs, great looks at sounds, and it combines for an absolutely awesome one-on-one mech fighting game.

    The game absolutely oozes with style, as graphics and mech designs are fantastic, and have aged very well to this day. And the music is a mix of electronics or techno-bop which fits the game well.

    The gameplay moves along at breakneck pace and never drops a pace, and you will be rapidly dashing, jumping, shooting, slashing, all while thinking about your next best move. Some tactics to consider include jump-cancelling, dash vectoring, melee vs long-range attacks, big-hits vs small chip-away hits, etc. This is a games where if you try to button mash against even a semi-skilled player, you will absolutely lose 100 out of 100 times. But once you get a handle on the depth of the game, it allows for some incredible, heart-beat raising, one-on-one fights.

    However, this game is NOT for everyone. It is definitely for the hardcore crowd, as it requires some commitment from the player to get the most out of its gameplay. On top of this, to get the best out of the experience, it requires a set of very expensive twin stick controllers.

    In all, I can easily understand a casual player who's not committed to this niche giving this game a score of around a 5 or 6. However, I think players that would enjoy fast action while not being afraid of getting into deep mechanics should really get on with this game. Though I rarely ever give out perfect ratings, this is one game deserving of its 10/10 score.
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