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Tessa Appreciation: Red Earth Playthrough (Part 1/4)

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Uploaded on Nov 24, 2009

I've been wanting to do another game playthrough for a while now, but I kept putting it off with other stuff. Finally I found the time to get off my ass long enough to put this into action.

I present to you: Tessa Appreciation.

Q:
Why you do this?

A:
Because I wanted to.
I've always had a soft spot for Tessa, ever since I saw her in action in Pocket Fighter back in '98. "omg she so kewl!"
Usually, witches are pretty generic in both looks and style, but Tessa doesn't falter in either. She's got the looks and the moves to hang with the best of them, and I like her for that. Also she has a sexy voice.

Q:
What is this "appreciation", exactly?

A:
I'm going to run through the three fighting games Tessa has been playable in up to now, at least to my knowledge. Red Earth (known to the Japanese as Warzard) is where she originated from so that's first. Pocket Fighter (or Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix) is next, and last on the list is SNK vs Capcom Chaos. Of course, I will be Tessa in all three games.

Q:
Why don't you pick a better character to showcase? I don't like Tessa!

A:
Because no.


Red Earth is a pretty old game. It was the first game on Capcom's CPS-3 hardware back in the day, the same hardware that the Street Fighter 3 everyone loves runs on. It was more or less a test to see how the hardware worked, and I gotta say, this is a fun test.
Red Earth is indeed a fighting game, but it sets itself apart from other fighters in a couple ways. First off, instead of fighting several normal characters one after the other until the big bad boss, boss-style monsters stand in your path. The entire game is made up of you fighting boss after boss after boss in a survival mode type setting. This means you WILL die, although later on it's possible not to. More on that in a bit.
There's also levels. While you're slaying the wicked, you'll level up and get new moves and abilities. You start the game with two special moves, but as you level you'll get more and more moves to vary your playstyle, and there are a lot of moves to get. You also get neat little ranks, to show how far you've come in your journey (Disciple, Sorcerer, Summoner, etc.) Now you're probably thinking, "But it's an arcade game! You can't get all that stuff!" Capcom was way ahead of ya on that one: As you play the game, you get passwords that you can use later on. Put them in when you pick your character, and you get the levels you earned previously back, and can continue on to gain more levels and get new moves, allowing you to decimate your foes. It's a quarter muncher, but that's what emulators are for. ; )

It's a fun game through and through, and Tessa fits in nicely, being a witch an' all.


This playthrough is four parts long, so sit back and get real comfy. The party's just gettin' started.

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