Pit-Fighter is a 3rd-person fight game that features digitized graphics of real fighters and zooming effects. Players select one of three fighters (Buzz, Ty or Kato) to take on anyone who dares. At the conclusion of a match, players are individually awarded a Knockout Bonus, Brutality Bonus, and a Fight Purse. Every third match is a Grudge Match where players test the skills of each other. The last man standing is the winner of this three-knockdown match. Players fight their way to the Elimination Match to decide who wins the opportunity to dethrone the champion, the Masked Warrior.
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Boy do I regret ever playing this one! Good thing I got this game for free.
In 1990, Pit-Fighter appeared in the arcades. Today, many people would say this is a bad Street Fighter 2/Mortal Kombat rip-off, but in fact Pit-Fighter was made before both of these games. It boasted nice graphics and it was the first game to use digitized actors, just like Mortal Kombat would do later on (actually, the same developers were responsible for both games).
Despite being one of the first fighting games, many people think it's bad. The kids liked it, though, probably because there is something fascinating about men beating the hell out of each other, and the game has gained a cult following. I'm one of those fans by the way.
The ham in this burger is the fighting. You choose one of the three available shirtless characters: Ty the Kickboxer, Buzz the Wrestler and Kato the Martial Artist. Each character has their own moves and stats, e.g. Buzz is the strongest and Kato is the fastest. Their sole mission is to fight in the underground Pit-Fights for money and girls. The fights take place in places like warehouses, bars and car parks. Fighters can move in every direction (which usually makes hitting someone harder) and sometimes there are weapons and power-ups to be picked up. There are eight different opponents, who will be faced one at a time in a basic fighting-game fashion. Some have to be fought twice, and on some occasions the player has to defeat more than one opponent in a single fight. At the end, the player faces the king of Pit-Fighting, the Ultimate Warrior. Read what the manual has to say about him:
Not known for his sense of humour, the king of Pitfighting has never been beaten. He injured 'Jumping' Pete Jeffries and 'Gratin Groats' John Broggy so badly (in one bout) that they're still in hospital today, seven months later. One pitfighter was so scared when faced with him that he hurled himself off the pitfighting location. Unfortunately, it was the top floor of a multi-storey car park. 6'8" and 280 pounds, the Ultimate Warrior remains the perfect fighting machine.
There's also a multiplayer possibility. In the original arcade, three people could play simultaneously, but that would also increase the number of opponents. In between some matches, players would fight against each other. In the console and PC-ports, the two player mode is available too.
Oh yeah - the PC-port. Thats what this is all about. The PC-port is available for download in all its DOSsy glory, but I strongly advise against downloading it. The PC version is horrible because of two things:
1. The graphics are very pixelated.2. The controls.
The controls are Crap, with capital C. According to the manual, you have to push the button and move the joystick in a certain direction to attack/defend/jump, just like in International Karate or Yie-Air Kung-Fu. It does work... and sometimes it doesn't. Actually, mostly it doesn't. Even when I tested the game with a controller (a Playstation one), I mostly found myself holding down the button and just fiddling the analog stick in every possible direction. No matter what I did, I got myself beaten thanks to the chunky controls. This clearly ain't no arcade-game, no doubt about it.
As to the graphics... Well, you can't see the pixelation and the jerky animations in the screenshots, so you're just going to have to take my word for it.
Okay, that's it. Now go back and download something else. If you're interested in Pit-Fighter, go play the arcade version on MAME or something. Just don't download this. Please.
The game can be played with joystick or keyboard. The keyboard controls are:
Player 1: Space action; W up, X down, A left, D right; Q, E, Z and C diagonal movement.
Player 2: NumPad 0 action; NumPad 1-9 for movement.
This works with pretty low cycles (few thousands, the default 3,000 might be fine). You may want to experiment in order to get optimal control response, but since controls suck so hard anyway it's hard to tell.
Well, to make it short: Pit-Fighter is a horrible conversion of Atari's arcade beat'em up. The arcade game was actually very good with nice digitized sprites and some cool effects, but the animations and graphics of the PC conversion look awful and just kill the game. I would put it up very high on the list of worst arcade conversions. Not much else to say-- stay WAY clear of this one if you can help it. Better yet, play Mortal Kombat instead if you like this type of game.
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