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Fur Fighters

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Fur Fighters Publisher: Acclaim
Category: Action
Platform: Dreamcast
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: July 2000

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

At the heart of Acclaim's Fur Fighters is a fun premise. What would it be like if all those cute little stuffed animals you had as a kid were alive, and more importantly, what kind of weapons would they use?

Yes, this game tries to make you laugh by placing toddler themes into an adult context. Is it successful? No. Shooting a rabbit with a shotgun made me feel guilty, even though he only exploded into a cloud of pillow stuffing.

The laughs may not be there, but almost everything else is. Toting weapons galore, each animal character has unique capabilities that fit into the expectations of the species. The penguin is a good swimmer. The kangaroo is a good jumper, and so on and so forth.

Stuffed animals running around with guns is a bit of a surprise, but the developers were a little too amused with this concept, because there is way too much shooting and not enough game play centered around character abilities. In fact, the level designs are rather uninspired.

The multi-player "fluffmatch" is an amusing alternative to the ubiquitous deathmatches in video games today. Plus, with the fixed camera angle, you won't find the camera drifting downward as is often the case in the main game.

Fur Fighters is a good title for teenagers whose parents won't yet allow them to experience games like Perfect Dark or Quake III Arena. Despite the cute and cuddly characters, though, I would not recommend the game for young players.

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