Written: 4.7.07 Acquired: 9.24.06 Status: Cart only Price: $13.51
Beat 'em up fan are ya? Here's a title that you may possibly have never heard of before
GHOST CHASER DENSEI!!!
And it happens to be one of the better examples of this genre!
Ever since I saw it being previewed in a 1994 issue of EGM, I've been curious about it
It's funny, the preview mentions ghosts and spirits... the title has Ghost in it, yet the game is seriously lacking any sort of ghoulish atmosphere
Select from 1 of 3 characters -- the all-rounder male, the strong robot and the quick token female. In most of these games I prefer the strong dude, but the main guy here is actually quite a hoot. What makes Ghost Chaser Densei different is the power meter system. Below your energy bar is another bar that depletes any time you perform a special move. But your health meter is not compromised in exchange!
The power meter slowly regenerates, but if you stand still you strike this pose here and the power meter recharges at quite an alarming rate
So, if you ever wished a beat 'em up would allow you to do 360° spinning specials without penalizing your health, you will LOVE Ghost Chaser Densei!
Some may call this system cheap, I call it lots of fun!
Plus, there are MULTIPLE special moves at your disposal, giving this game far more range than its breathen
Here's his running special... a deadly chain attack!
... That culminates in this ace uppercut swing!
In a grapple? With Mr. Roboto you can either do a regular jumping piledriver or hit R for his special move... it will really shock the competition!
[Oh dear -Ed.]
That hits the mark!
Her running special on display
In a tight pinch? Merely hit R for the swing-around special! As long as your special meter has some juice, you're good to go! Your health won't be reduced!
This guy is the best choice. Knee 'em twice, flip over and german suplex! Streets of Rage you say? Hey, I never said the game was ORIGINAL, just loads of fun!
The window shatters! 2 thugs try to ambush our hero
Surrounded, he calls upon the Double Dragon II whirly kick
A sweeping kick ends the animation... ace!
His running special sees this killer projectile!
My personal favorite. This is one of the best beat 'em up moves ever
It has the potential to connect multiple times, charring the victims to a crisp!
Told ya it was sick
How many beat 'em up's do you know that has blocking? This game's got the lot!
THE BAD GUYS
Some roll out in eggs before hatching. One breed emits electricity...
The other breathes fire!
Token fatties. Each baddie type has two or three breeds
Exploding machinery abounds...
Meanwhile, two chums get it good, real good!
These tough blokes are, as you might guess, the Andore type
The sweeping hurricane kick special will score you lots of hits
These are tough hombres, but they ain't that tough
War knights are nimble hardened warriors trained to maim
Nothing that the flame kick can't take care of, though!
Some enemy entrances are brilliant, like the eggs and this fella here
And of course, the low tier chaps and token female
Moments like this why I love the genre so much!
Bonus round. Be sure not to nail the civilians...
The 1st boss becomes a regular toughie after stage one... rats
"Whatever you can do I can do better!"
Puh-lease. Other than that nasty trident, what's he really got, eh?
Geez, can't a guy catch a break in this day and age?
Somewhere, I smell a Chuck Norris joke
"Look, I'm sorry for mocking you earlier k? I know a great seafood place down the pier where we can catch up on those ole wild college days, yeah?"
"I'm afraid I'm gunna hafta kill you now"
"That's quite alright. I just saved a bunch on my car insurance by switching to GEICO"
Damn, hands in pocket, even. Talk about cold blooded!
And this is just plain scorching!
[Boy lemme tell ya, in my day I used to do that and more -Ed.]
You remember that ole timers' saying...
Life is unfair
Yeah, well, this is one of those moments....
Might as well go out in a blaze of glory!
Notice the nice lush effect in the ground here, good stuff
Ghost Chaser Densei is an excellent game, as far as beat 'em up's go. It is quite derivative in many facets: enemies, stages, the heroes, etc. But there are touches that help make it stand out, such as the separate special move meter, the ability to block, and yes, even tag team special moves! These have to be seen to be believed, trust me. Heck, when you're knocked down, you even kip-up and take out whoever's in your way! Now that's cool. It's sort of a shocker that this game is still somewhat obscure in the SNES community. It's not a classic, but it's more than competent. I dare call it very good. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it is very fun and the moveset is larger than the average beat 'em up. Definitely worth buying! A brawler from the halcyon days...