Way of the Warrior
Publisher: Universal Interactive Studios
Developer: Naughty Dog
Year: 1994 (NA/EU/AUS), 1995 (JP)
Way of the Warrior is a fighting game for the 3DO that was released in 1994. The digitized characters and violent finishing moves make it reminiscent of the Mortal Kombat series in a lot of ways. The graphics are quite good for the time but the game play is more difficult that average, particularly when it comes to performing special moves.
Way of the Warrior was developed by Naughty Dog who were nearly bankrupt at the time. According to the Wikipedia article on this game, filming was done from an apartment, friends were used as character models and things like Happy Meal toys were used to create costumes. While the game was only moderately successful…it sold reasonably well but on a platform that didn’t…it did well enough to save the company who went on to develop much more well known games like the Crash Bandicoot series.
While praised for its graphics, Way of the Warrior received mixed reviews, mostly because of its difficulty and what some considered to be poor controls. However, if you are a fighting game fan and a 3DO owner, this is a worthwhile addition to your collection. I’m not sure how well this game can be emulated but that’s your only other option if you want to play it as it has not had any sequels or re-releases that I am aware of and it was exclusive to the 3DO.