Jordan Mechner‘s legendary Karateka had its remake released on XBLA this week. The PSN release has been announced, but the date for that is not yet known.
Karateka is an HD Remake of a similarly titled, critically lauded 1984 game. As described by Mechner, it’s a story based game, with fighting as the main gameplay mechanic. The new version intends to stay true to the feel of the original, telling the story of the main character saving Princess Mariko from the clutches of evil Akuma, without any dialogue.
The basic idea remains as simple as ever: the player proceeds from one enemy to the next in a linear path with no deviations. The gameplay has been modernized, making the fighting more rhythm based. Old fashioned, frustrating mechanics (like one-shot deaths, forcing the player to start over) have been reimagined. If the player should fail, they get to try again with a different character. The game can be finished with any of the three characters, but the ultimate goal is to reunite the first, “true love” with Princess Mariko, adding to the replay value.
To whet your appetite, check out the newly released screenshots below, and see how the new style compares to the classic game.
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