History VideoGame / Weaponlord

13th Dec '16 2:38:51 AM Xtifr
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'''''Weaponlord''''' (sometimes ''[=WeaponLord=]'') is a 1- or 2-player FightingGame originally designed for release on the UsefulNotes/{{Super Nintendo|EntertainmentSystem}} by Visual Concepts, and published by Creator/{{Namco|Bandai}}. During the inception of the title, the development team also began work on a Creator/{{Sega}} [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Mega Drive/Genesis]] version and both were released in October 1995. ''Weaponlord'' [[TropeCodifier introduced many groundbreaking gameplay aspects that appear regularly today]]. In fact, James [="DJames"=] Goddard, one of the driving forces behind the game's creation and a former game designer for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', [[http://www.gamespy.com/articles/954/954328p4.html believes that his weapons-based fighter helped inspire]] Namco's ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series. Also, unlike other titles, ''Weaponlord'' was not intended to replicate an arcade fighter, but built from the ground up on home consoles. This was a reverse of the normal trend, which had arcade versions being developed first, then getting ported in home consoles.

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'''''Weaponlord''''' ''Weaponlord'' (sometimes ''[=WeaponLord=]'') is a 1- or 2-player FightingGame originally designed for release on the UsefulNotes/{{Super Nintendo|EntertainmentSystem}} by Visual Concepts, and published by Creator/{{Namco|Bandai}}. During the inception of the title, the development team also began work on a Creator/{{Sega}} [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Mega Drive/Genesis]] version and both were released in October 1995. ''Weaponlord'' [[TropeCodifier introduced many groundbreaking gameplay aspects that appear regularly today]]. In fact, James [="DJames"=] Goddard, one of the driving forces behind the game's creation and a former game designer for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', [[http://www.gamespy.com/articles/954/954328p4.html believes that his weapons-based fighter helped inspire]] Namco's ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series. Also, unlike other titles, ''Weaponlord'' was not intended to replicate an arcade fighter, but built from the ground up on home consoles. This was a reverse of the normal trend, which had arcade versions being developed first, then getting ported in home consoles.
25th Nov '16 3:19:51 AM X2X
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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:For all the effort Zarak spent killing everyone in order to prevent the prophecy of the Weaponlord from coming true, his special Story ending reveals that Zarak himself was born under the Warrior's Moon, thus making HIM the Weaponlord.]]

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:For all the effort Zarak spent killing everyone in order to prevent the prophecy of the Weaponlord from coming true, his special Story ending reveals that Zarak himself was born under the Warrior's Moon, [[ProphecyTwist thus making HIM the Weaponlord.Weaponlord]].]]
31st Aug '16 6:22:04 PM WillKeaton
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On a battlefield a demon spirit enters the body of a dying mercenary. He is reborn and defeats the reigning war king, Raith, in a duel. He goes on to found the reign of the {{DemonLord|sAndArchdevils}} Zarak. At the height of his power, his doom is foretold by a shaman: "When the night turns violent and the moon bleeds, gripped by the skeletal fingers of death...a child will rise to face the demon in combat...and the lord of demons will fall by the hand of...the [[TitleDrop WeaponLord]]."

[[HonorBeforeReason Against the advice of his lieutenants to kill the children born that night]], the [=DemonLord=] waits to face his foretold killer in fair, one on one combat. 25 years later, sensing the prophecy is at hand, the [=DemonLord=] Zarak holds a great tournament of champion warriors. The winner will face the demon in a final battle. The [=DemonLord=] prepares to meet his destiny head on and to destroy the [=WeaponLord=].

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On a battlefield a demon spirit enters the body of a dying mercenary. He is reborn and defeats the reigning war king, Raith, twenty rulers in a duel. bloody combat. He goes on to found the reign of the {{DemonLord|sAndArchdevils}} Zarak.Raith. At the height of his power, his doom is foretold by a shaman: "When the night turns violent and the moon bleeds, gripped by the skeletal fingers of death...a child will rise to face the demon in combat...and the lord of demons will fall by the hand of...the [[TitleDrop WeaponLord]]."

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[[HonorBeforeReason Against the advice of his lieutenants to kill the children born that night]], the [=DemonLord=] waits to face his foretold killer in fair, one on one combat. 25 years later, sensing the prophecy is at hand, the [=DemonLord=] Zarak holds a great tournament of champion warriors. The winner will face the demon in a final battle. The [=DemonLord=] prepares to meet his destiny head on and to destroy the [=WeaponLord=].
30th Aug '16 7:24:08 PM WillKeaton
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* ScrewDestiny: Zarak attempts this [[spoiler:but the trope is subverted; see below]].

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* ScrewDestiny: Zarak attempts this [[spoiler:but the trope is subverted; see below]].SelfFulfillingProphecy]].
30th Aug '16 7:22:49 PM WillKeaton
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* DisappearedDad: Jen-Tai's dad was presumed killed in battle, and [[AncestralWeapon his broadsword delivered to her]]. [[spoiler:Her dialogue before fighting Zarak expands on this by explaining that Zarak killed her father in an honorable battle. [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife After lamenting the loss of a powerful ally and an excellent foe]], he decides to make a new Arena Queen: Jen-Tai. He even delivered the sword to her for that reason.]]

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* DisappearedDad: Jen-Tai's dad was presumed killed in battle, and [[AncestralWeapon his broadsword delivered to her]]. [[spoiler:Her dialogue before fighting Zarak expands on this by explaining that Zarak killed her father in an honorable battle. [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife After lamenting the loss of a powerful ally and an excellent foe]], he decides to make Jen-Tai a new Arena Queen: Jen-Tai.Queen. He even delivered the sword to her for that reason.]]
30th Aug '16 7:21:37 PM WillKeaton
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On a battlefield a demon spirit enters the body of a dying mercenary. He is reborn and defeats the reigning war king in a duel. He goes on to found the reign of the {{DemonLord|sAndArchdevils}} Zarak. At the height of his power, his doom is foretold by a shaman: "When the night turns violent and the moon bleeds, gripped by the skeletal fingers of death...a child will rise to face the demon in combat...and the lord of demons will fall by the hand of...the [[TitleDrop WeaponLord]]."

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On a battlefield a demon spirit enters the body of a dying mercenary. He is reborn and defeats the reigning war king king, Raith, in a duel. He goes on to found the reign of the {{DemonLord|sAndArchdevils}} Zarak. At the height of his power, his doom is foretold by a shaman: "When the night turns violent and the moon bleeds, gripped by the skeletal fingers of death...a child will rise to face the demon in combat...and the lord of demons will fall by the hand of...the [[TitleDrop WeaponLord]]."
30th Aug '16 7:16:31 PM WillKeaton
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On a battlefield a demon spirit enters the body of a dying mercenary. He is reborn and defeats the reigning war king in a duel. He goes on to found the reign of the {{DemonLord|sAndArchdevils}} Raith. At the height of his power, his doom is foretold by a shaman: "When the night turns violent and the moon bleeds, gripped by the skeletal fingers of death...a child will rise to face the demon in combat...and the lord of demons will fall by the hand of...the [[TitleDrop WeaponLord]]."

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On a battlefield a demon spirit enters the body of a dying mercenary. He is reborn and defeats the reigning war king in a duel. He goes on to found the reign of the {{DemonLord|sAndArchdevils}} Raith.Zarak. At the height of his power, his doom is foretold by a shaman: "When the night turns violent and the moon bleeds, gripped by the skeletal fingers of death...a child will rise to face the demon in combat...and the lord of demons will fall by the hand of...the [[TitleDrop WeaponLord]]."
26th Aug '16 7:50:03 PM X2X
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* AnimalMotifs: Talazia wears a headdress in the shape of [[NobleBirdOfPrey a falcon]]'s beak, Bane dons the skin of [[NobleWolf a wolf]], Jen-Tai's ancestral helmet sports horns like those of a ram, and Zarak's helmet and armor resemble [[ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire a spider]]. Bonus points in that Talazia [[spoiler:actually ''is'' a falcon]], Bane howls like a wolf in celebration of a victory, Jen-Tai's style of combat has her buck at her opponents with an upward swipe of her head, and Zarak has his unique Fatality mentioned above.

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* AnimalMotifs: Talazia wears a headdress in the shape of [[NobleBirdOfPrey a falcon]]'s beak, Bane dons the skin of [[NobleWolf a wolf]], Jen-Tai's ancestral helmet [[CrownOfHorns sports horns like those of a ram, ram]], and Zarak's helmet and armor resemble [[ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire a spider]]. Bonus points in that Talazia [[spoiler:actually ''is'' a falcon]], Bane howls like a wolf in celebration of a victory, Jen-Tai's style of combat has her buck at her opponents with an upward swipe of her head, and Zarak has his unique Fatality mentioned above.



* CoolHelmet: Worn by Jen-Tai and Zarak, as mentioned above in AnimalMotifs. Talazia arguably counts as well.



--> "As popular as swords and sorcery seems to be among video game developers, there is a surprising lack of ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''-style thematics. There are a few games that flirt with it, but other than the early fighter ''VideoGame/{{Barbarian|TheUltimateWarrior}}'', the ''Rastanseries'', and a couple of others, it's few and far between. ''[=WeaponLord=]'' is a strong exception. If it wasn't made with a fondness for ''Conan'', then certainly with a commitment to faithfully replicate the movie's atmosphere. So expect plenty of roided-to-the-gills muscle men with [[{{BFS}} huge swords]], [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily clad]] (and [[AmazonianBeauty equaly roided-up]]) women, and {{loin cloth}}s."

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--> "As popular as swords and sorcery seems to be among video game developers, there is a surprising lack of ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''-style thematics. There are a few games that flirt with it, but other than the early fighter ''VideoGame/{{Barbarian|TheUltimateWarrior}}'', the ''Rastanseries'', and a couple of others, it's few and far between. ''[=WeaponLord=]'' is a strong exception. If it wasn't made with a fondness for ''Conan'', then certainly with a commitment to faithfully replicate the movie's atmosphere. So expect plenty of roided-to-the-gills muscle men with [[{{BFS}} huge swords]], [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily clad]] (and [[AmazonianBeauty equaly equaly]] [sic] [[AmazonianBeauty roided-up]]) women, and {{loin cloth}}s."



* SpidersAreScary: Zarak's armor is a literal spider. It could also qualify as DemonicSpiders.

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* SpidersAreScary: Zarak's armor is a literal spider. It could also qualify as DemonicSpiders.a literal {{Demonic Spider|s}}.



* StatuesqueStunner: While Jen-Tai's impressive height can be inferred from a comparison to that of [[LargeAndInCharge Zarak]]'s (see OneHeadTaller above), if the sprites are meant to be an accurate depiction of the characters' sizes, Talazia and Divada are no less Amazonian in stature. (Yes, in [[AmazonianBeauty that sense]], too.)

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* StatuesqueStunner: While Jen-Tai's impressive height can be inferred from a comparison to that of [[LargeAndInCharge Zarak]]'s (see OneHeadTaller above), if the sprites are meant to be [[YourSizeMayVary an accurate depiction depiction]] of the characters' sizes, Talazia and Divada are no less Amazonian in stature. (Yes, in [[AmazonianBeauty that sense]], too.)
3rd Jul '16 3:33:04 PM X2X
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* LeotardOfPower: Divada, [[{{Stripperiffic}} albeit an open-cut one]].

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* LeotardOfPower: Divada, [[{{Stripperiffic}} albeit an open-cut an]] [[AbsoluteCleavage open-cut]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} one]].



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Divada's ending in Story Mode has her kill Zarak, take his power and that of the other warriors for her own, and unite all the kingdoms under her iron fist. She turns out to be [[EvilerThanThou even crueler]] than her predecessor.

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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Divada's ending in Story Mode has her kill Zarak, take his power and that of the other warriors for her own, and unite all the kingdoms under her iron fist. She turns out to be [[EvilerThanThou even crueler]] crueler than her predecessor.predecessor]].
27th Feb '16 1:25:53 AM X2X
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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Since the game was being developed for online back in [[TheNineties 1990s]] via [=XBand=], the game is full of moments of this. For example, foreseeing that cross-up attacks would be hard to defend against in a laggy environment, the team added a technique called "[[PunchParry Vertical Thrust Blocking]]" to counter cross-ups.

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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: DevelopersForesight: Since the game was being developed for online back in [[TheNineties 1990s]] via [=XBand=], the game is full of moments of this. For example, foreseeing that cross-up attacks would be hard to defend against in a laggy environment, the team added a technique called "[[PunchParry Vertical Thrust Blocking]]" to counter cross-ups.
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