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Athena (PSP Minis) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . If Vanguard and Sasuke vs. Commander are the best arcade ports SNK has to offer, then Athena is definitely the worst. I did appreciate the different special items our heroine can pick up, but it wasn't enough to take away the bad taste from my mouth. Rating: 20%
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If Vanguard and Sasuke vs. Commander are the best arcade ports SNK has to offer, then Athena is definitely the worst. Here's further proof that sometimes a cool character can be part of a truly terrible interactive experience. With her bright purple hair and penchant for wearing smoking hot bikinis, Athena is the type of video game character I can get behind. It's a shame the game she's in is such a mess; a cavalcade of poor design decisions. Very little about this 2D action game works, yet I'm grateful this game exists. Without this 1986 turd SNK wouldn't have cast Athena in a multitude of fighting games.

Athena has a lot of promise, which makes the disappointment that much greater. You run around common RPG-style environments punching, kicking and slashing your way to victory. Unfortunately your standard attack barely registers and it's often hard to tell when you're attacking. Things get a little easier when you pick up an axe or hammer, but even then you'll have to contend with cheap shots that can kill in just one or two quick hits. The check points are nonexistent and the game is far too repetitive for its own good. I did appreciate the different special items our heroine can pick up, but it wasn't enough to take away the bad taste from my mouth.
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