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Mike
06-15-2002, 12:49 AM
First off, I'd like to say that I have only played the crystal system and evolution soccer for about 1 hour. Within that hour the crystal system and evolution soccer have managed to instill upon me an impression that I am going to share with you all now.

------THE GOOD-------

The first thing that I noticed about the crystal system is how small the unit actually is. Think about the size of an MVS cart and you get the idea. As far as the size of the cart goes, think about 2 atari 2600 games right next to eachother.

There is no doubt in my mind that the crystal system is being seriously considered as the successor for the MVS system. Aside from the obvious link to Playmore distributor Brezzasoft, playing the crystal system "feels" exactly like playing the neo geo--only with MUCH better resolution and graphical output.

After playing evolution soccer, there is no doubt in my mind that this title was supposed to be called, "Super Sidekicks 5" As far as I am concerned, Evolution soccer IS the sequel to Ultimate 11.

-On a side note, my brother (who hardly knows anything about the neo geo) walked into the room as I was playing, and said "that looks like an updated Super Sidekicks"

The gameplay in Evolution Soccer is nearly identical to the gameplay in the Super Sidekicks series (aside from a few advances in mobility, passing, and shooting.)

The graphics are probably 30% to 40% better (if that means anything to you)with NO slowdown. Infact, sometimes it feels like it is moving a little too fast.

The fields, player models, refs, and soccer ball all look really good.

You can hear the game in English or Spanish..which is pretty cool also.

The graphics are pretty damn nice for the second game on the system. When I compare the first soccer games on each system: Evolution Soccer vs. Super Sidekicks 1 and how far the Super Sidekicks series came along on the neo, I get goosebumps in anticipation as to what this system is actually capable of.

----THE BAD------

The crystal system:

Nothing bad at all. This system has the potential to really take a firm grasp on the 2D arcade industry and strangle it to death. I have owned the PGM, and now own the Crystal system--I have to say that the PGM won't live much longer as soon as developers get more time with the crystal system.

Evolution soccer:

Evolution soccer doesn't feel 100% complete. It almost feels like Evoga was rushing at the end to try and cram in what they wanted but didn't take the proper amount of time to make sure that everything blended to gether right.

Don't get me wrong, I am only talking about little things such as:

-The intro scene when the teams are taking the field (not done well at all)

-the crowd looks pretty bad

-the cut scenes are entirely too short and, so far, ALWAYS repeat the same thing each time that you score.

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In the end, I am extremely excited about the potential that the crystal system has. I feel that soon enough we will see the games that will push the 2D genre past anything that we can even imagine....and it could be done on the crystal system.

I am also excited about Evolution soccer. It is definetly a pick up and play game. One that you would like to play for a while at first and then from time to time with friends and family after that. The game is challenging and fun, especially for those that like soccer. However, if you have had your fill of soccer games on the neo..then this one is not for you. This is a game for those that are in for a quick game of "who is the best"....very similar to NBA JAM for basketball fans.

I am very satisfied with my purchase at the moment.

I await to hear of either another game coming out on the system....or an invitation to take it to ebay in the upcoming months.

If you have any questions, please post, I'll answer them all.

Mike out.

candycab
06-15-2002, 12:56 AM
Are you going to get The Crystal of Kings ?

If so when ? and please post a revue for us.

I am glad to hear that it isnt a pos.

Cleber
06-15-2002, 03:08 AM
thanks for that review
i'll get one crystal system w/ evoluiton soccer
When my supergun arrive

+++SLUG FLYER+++
06-15-2002, 04:06 AM
Hey thanks for the review!--At last one on the net!

P.S I think youll find that sidekicks 5 was titled Neo Cup '98....just to let you know..thats a great game too!

+++SLUG FLYER+++
06-15-2002, 04:08 AM
Hey thanks for the review!--At last one on the net!

P.S I think youll find that sidekicks 5 was titled Neo Cup '98....just to let you know..thats a great game too! <img src="graemlins/drool2.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool 2]" /> <img src="graemlins/drool2.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool 2]" />

Fran
06-15-2002, 04:57 AM
this what i heard


C S = D O A

BRANDI
06-15-2002, 04:58 AM
[quote]Originally posted by +++SLUG FLYER+++:
<strong>I think youll find that sidekicks 5 was titled Neo Cup '98....just to let you know..thats a great game too! <img src="graemlins/drool2.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool 2]" /> <img src="graemlins/drool2.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool 2]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

NEO-GEO Cup '98 is actually Super Sidekicks 3 with minor changes...

Caris Nautilus
06-15-2002, 09:17 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Fran:
<strong>this what i heard


C S = D O A</strong><hr></blockquote>

The Neo is DOA, no more new games, Mike said for 2 years, and their looking for it's replacement. <img src="graemlins/tickled.gif" border="0" alt="[Tickled]" />

Now hurry and sell your neo, cause the maruko chan sequal is only on crystal arcade board..

christopher belmondo
06-15-2002, 11:14 AM
hey Mike,finaly you got it ! :)

god to see !!

thanks for the review,even when i'm not in football games,what you write about the system sounds good !

i remember you once said something about there will be some new releases on this system,heard anything new on that ?

metal slug 5 ?


Thanks

yanni

[ June 15, 2002: Message edited by: christopher belmondo ]</p>

FTL
06-15-2002, 11:29 AM
Maybe Mike said no more games on the neo geo.

WEll,new games are coming out indeed,like kof 2002 and more.

Neo geo is so widespread in the arcades that it is a sure gear to get as much people as possible to play new releaes.

RabbitTroop
06-15-2002, 11:48 AM
[quote]Originally posted by +++SLUG FLYER+++:
<strong>Hey thanks for the review!--At last one on the net!

P.S I think youll find that sidekicks 5 was titled Neo Cup '98....just to let you know..thats a great game too!</strong><hr></blockquote>

Actually Neo Geo Cup is just Super Side Kicks 3... Same sprites, same intro, same almost everything... it was just pumped out to cash in on the World Cup for the year...

-Nick

Mike
06-15-2002, 02:03 PM
"Maybe Mike said no more games on the neo geo."

No I did not say that.

I said that in 2 years you will not see anymore games on the neo.

I will add more to the review later on tonight or early tomorrow.

I will detail graphics, sound/music, gameplay, and replay value.

[ June 15, 2002: Message edited by: Mike ]</p>

EvilMike
06-15-2002, 02:57 PM
So far I have only seen the system for sale with either of the games. I'd like to see if you could buy the board with both games I mean what do I need with two boards.

Fran
06-15-2002, 03:02 PM
[quote]Originally posted by Mike:
[QB

I said that in 2 years you will not see anymore games on the neo.

[/QB]<hr></blockquote>

ok

if the FUTURE is the C S


i can only say this


ROTFL


( sorry Mike,i know you diiiig the CS )

but i'm F,aka "the ultimate AES fanboy"

Mike
06-15-2002, 03:27 PM
but i'm F,aka "the ultimate AES fanboy"

<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[LOL]" />

gargoyle7
06-15-2002, 11:24 PM
Word is though that programming for the CS is so cost prohibitive that it was in fact DOA, that worries me. I would love to see it take off, but will be VERY shocked if it ever does.......I worry that the innovation & great minds SNK once had are a thing of the past, in the end it may be too much bad business & bad management, & not enough artistic creativity that kills the CS & Playmore, I definitely hope NOT & that I'm wrong, but that is a real fear of mine.......

Lee (garg7)
<a href="http://www.neogeotemple.com" target="_blank">http://www.neogeotemple.com</a>

rarehero
06-16-2002, 12:27 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Drift King EX:
<strong>

The Neo is DOA</strong><hr></blockquote>

its okay.
SNKs dead.
go go playmore/evoga/noisefactory/sun/breezasoft/eolith/and whatever the hell else.


~~~~~
stupid me. how can i forget eolith.
they made that really cool game 2001.
kudos to them!

[ June 16, 2002: Message edited by: rarehero ]</p>

Caris Nautilus
06-16-2002, 03:40 AM
[quote]Originally posted by rarehero:
<strong>

its okay.
SNKs dead.
go go playmore/evoga/noisefactory/sun/breezasoft/eolith/and whatever the hell else.


~~~~~
stupid me. how can i forget eolith.
they made that really cool game 2001.
kudos to them!

[ June 16, 2002: Message edited by: rarehero ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

lol, frans whole life is over, no more neo. damn thats a lot of companies for a dead system.

<img src="graemlins/tickled.gif" border="0" alt="[Tickled]" />

Fran
06-16-2002, 05:18 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Drift King EX:
<strong>

lol, frans whole life is over, no more neo. damn thats a lot of companies for a dead system.

<img src="graemlins/tickled.gif" border="0" alt="[Tickled]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>


oh yeah,yes

i'm so so so so very sad

i'm probably going to become a troll then

so teach me something,MASTER

Orochi´s third ancestor
06-17-2002, 11:13 AM
Hi

I´m also played the ES game
Graphics are really good, you can configured the system sound on stereo mode, this is not possible with the MVS, also the graphics resolution is pretty cool.
I found a faq for the ES game on gamefaqs I recomend that you check it, with this faq you learn how to make Special Powers that increase the fun and enjoy of this game.

Good review Mike!
Crystal System is alive!!

Caris Nautilus
06-17-2002, 12:01 PM
[quote]Originally posted by Fran:
<strong>


oh yeah,yes

i'm so so so so very sad

i'm probably going to become a troll then

so teach me something,MASTER</strong><hr></blockquote>

I can't teach someone who's already an expert.

STONE ROSES SUCK!!!!!

RabbitTroop
06-17-2002, 12:31 PM
[quote]Originally posted by Orochi´s third ancestor:
[QB]
I found a faq for the ES game on gamefaqs I recomend that you check it, with this faq you learn how to make Special Powers that increase the fun and enjoy of this game.QB]<hr></blockquote>

This is one of the best Engrish posts I ever read.... it just brought a smile to my face... are you sure you never worked for SNK!

-Nick

DanAdamKOF
06-18-2002, 12:33 PM
A good read. Hopefully, someday, I will get to play this, as i LOVED NGC'98!