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Hybrid Heaven for N64 is turn-based sci-fi wrestling at its best


Pile-driving pig individuals

I keep in mind being intrigued whereas watching my previous roommate play via Hybrid Heaven. In my youthful days, I had rented it and written it off for a motive I believe is completely legitimate: all of the environments look the identical. Watching him play via it didn’t show in any other case. Hybrid Heaven is metallic corridors from eyebrows to toe-hairs. But one thing about the way in which he was having fun with it was infectious.

After he accomplished it, he instructed me that “he probably wouldn’t have tolerated it without save states.” That just isn’t glowing reward, however the expertise was sufficient to maintain Hybrid Heaven rolling round in my head for years till I lastly discovered it for an affordable worth. By now, the sport has been constructed up in my thoughts that I virtually needed to play via all the factor. Good or dangerous.

Hybrid Heaven Piledriver

Man, put some garments on, will you?

It’s a fairly uncommon recreation, Hybrid Heaven. While its visible design is acquainted and the gameplay is analogous to different video games, it was constructed as if somebody had burned the e-book of recreation design to warmth their tent. It’s weird, and it performs like one thing that shouldn’t work, virtually doesn’t, however one way or the other does.

It’s a mixture between an RPG and a wrestling recreation. You learn proper. In a battle, you’re not solely in a position to punch and kick your enemy but in addition suplex them. You may suplex aliens many years earlier than No More Heroes 3 hit the scene. You begin off with a restricted moveset, however you study new strikes by letting the aliens carry out them on you first. Does that make any much less sense than discovering luchador masks mendacity round?

You additionally improve your stats as you go, and the stat system is sort of too advanced for its personal good. Not solely do you will have a protection and offense stat, however your physique and every of your extremities additionally degree up individually. So for those who use your proper arm rather a lot (I’m not judging), it would change into extra highly effective. I don’t actually get how issues are judged; velocity, stamina, and reflex are all their very own class, however what do they do? How is velocity completely different than reflex?

I appeared it up within the guide, and it was fairly imprecise. I appeared up a information on-line for Hybrid Heaven, and whereas it says that velocity impacts how rapidly you progress in battle, they’re solely “pretty sure” that reflex is how properly you block.

Hybrid Heaven Bridge Suplex

Pretty positive

The storyline right here includes a race of aliens residing underground and attempting to interchange individuals with clones. They’re additionally creating hybrid monsters who’re extra highly effective. Then there’s one other race of aliens who don’t like them and are utilizing you to assist them. There are a good variety of cutscenes that play out, however I couldn’t actually carry myself to care in regards to the story. Not when there have been aliens to suplex.

There are some gentle exploration parts and platforming, however it all looks like fluff between the fights. The motion system is clearly not likely constructed for platforming, as your character controls like a hybridization of a buying cart and a cow. To make issues worse, there’s a smattering of insta-kill dying pits, whereas save factors are sparse.

There are minor enemies who attempt to whittle down your well being however can largely be ignored. They typically drop objects, however taking them down along with your pop gun is tedious. Really, Hybrid Heaven struggles to seek out any strategy to be compelling past its fight system.

Hybrid Heaven combat menu

Boston Crab’d to dying

When fights occur, issues get fascinating. You have an motion bar that begins to fill. It must get to a sure level to make use of a transfer. Do you understand what’s higher than simply utilizing your vitality the second it’s out there? Letting it stockpile. As your stamina (I believe) will increase, you get a number of bars to fill. Once you will have sufficient, you possibly can unleash combos of strikes to do lots of harm to your hapless opponent. Meanwhile, the enemies work on the same system, so fights contain lots of scooching round earlier than somebody throws a kick.

Two separate individuals had this to inform me about Hybrid Heaven: there isn’t a lot alternative to grind, and the key to profitable is simply to study combos. They clearly don’t perceive my blind tenacity.

Firstly, there are rooms that spawn monsters everytime you enter them. You beat them up, go away, then return to battle them once more. There’s a cap on what number of occasions these items will spawn, however most conventional people most likely gained’t have the endurance to see it. I, however, simply frequently charged in. If issues obtained too furry, I might double again via the entire space simply to avoid wasting and proceed to grind. My super-power is popping a 12-hour recreation into 20 hours.

Secondly, combos are good, however I obtained lots of mileage out of grabbing dudes, piledriving them, then making use of ground fight strikes just like the backbreaker. Note that particular strikes degree up individually, so that you shouldn’t simply repeat the identical ones consistently, however I discovered way more enjoyment with the grapple system, even when the combos had been neat. I believe a greater compromise can be if I may add suplexes into the combo system.

Stat screen for Mr. Diaz

Expansion Pak

Hybrid Heaven additionally makes use of the Expansion Pak, which isn’t as uncommon to see as some individuals assume. It’s not required, however you should use it to bump up the decision. While this seems to be considerably higher, it additionally tanks the framerate. I think about myself inoculated towards the N64’s generally terrible framerates, however this was an excessive amount of for me. Even the title display screen will get uneven after you turn it to high-res mode.

It’s ridiculous. I stand by my ideas that the environments are as aesthetically fascinating as a stainless-steel journey mug. It simply shocks me that any recreation would decelerate so considerably when most of its rooms are cubes. Hybrid Heaven, what about that is so demanding? What are you rendering below the hood that’s turning you right into a slideshow? Do you keep in mind when individuals would have strobe lights on their garden on Hallowe’en? That’s what enjoying Hybrid Heaven is like in high-resolution mode. It’s simply barely extra pleasant to individuals with epilepsy.

So, I hope you recognize why a few of these screenshots look nicer than the others. My mind couldn’t resolve whether or not it most well-liked blurriness or choppiness, so I saved switching backwards and forwards.

Actual level design

The inside of a dumpster

Hybrid Heaven is a fairly lengthy recreation given its style of turn-based professional wrestling. I haven’t hit the ending but, and I really feel like I’ve been poking at it for an eternity. The undeniable fact that I’m nonetheless poking at it says one thing. There’s one thing right here. Hybrid Heaven is sort of a cargo ship fireplace. You surprise why you retain watching as a result of it hasn’t accomplished something completely different for hours.

The spectacle of piledriving pig individuals and guys who appear to be David Duchovny can solely carry a recreation up to now, which seems to be moderately far. I believe the explanation I’ve change into so engrossed in Hybrid Heaven is just that I haven’t seen something fairly prefer it. Aesthetically, it’s a bomb. Narratively, it reveals its age. But each time a battle broke out, I questioned why we don’t have turn-based wrestle video games.

There was no follow-up to Hybrid Heaven, and so far as its affect goes, I can’t consider a recreation that’s fairly prefer it. It’s fairly a visit, even when it’s via a bunch of environments that look indistinguishable from the inside of a dumpster. Give it a attempt, however be ready to play it with one eyebrow consistently elevated.

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Zoey Handley

Zoey is a gadabout gaming hobbyist. She’s been enjoying video video games all her life and is a lover of each new and retro video games. She enjoys digging within the filth and choosing out the video games which are completely nice for those who clear them up a bit.

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