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Star Gladiator - Episode 1: Final Crusade is a 3D fighting game developed by Capcom. It is the first game in the Star Gladiator series. The game was Capcom's first attempt at an arcade 3D fighting game, which at the time (1996) was well received by many Capcom fighting fans as several cast members bore some resemblance to the characters of Star Wars. The System 11 hardware this game ran on allowed an easy home translation to the PlayStation, and it received a better, widespread reception there. However, Star Gladiator was hardly the smash hit Capcom may have hoped for, and their future forays into the 3D fighting genre (Rival Schools, Street Fighter EX franchise) seldom fared much better.

Eventually, the game was released for PlayStation in November 1996 and followed by a sequel, Plasma Sword, which was only ported to the Sega Dreamcast despite much speculation of a PlayStation conversion.

Story Edit

In the year 2348, humans have been exploring the vast reaches of outer space for the past four centuries and have established peaceful contact with various alien civilizations. People now emigrate from one planet to another and life is generally good. However, some problems arise with a couple of alien races, so the Earth Federation begins its research in creating a Plasma-power weapon to help protect the Earth from any possible outside threats.

Dr. Edward Bilstein: a Nobel Prize-winning physicist for the Earth Federation, uncovers the secret to humanity's "sixth sense": a technique for capturing the energy of the human mind and discovers how to use it as an energy source he calls "Plasma Power". The specific Plasma weapon is built, using mental power as its basis and that Bilstein is able to gain fame and fortune for the invention, but it is soon discovered by the Earth Federation that Bilstein had experimented on actual human bodies during his research on Plasma Power and that he's immediately arrested and exiled from Earth, being imprisoned in a floating prison satellite that orbits the Planet Zeta while the development of the specific Plasma weapon is indefinitely suspended.

Word of Earth's possession of a super weapon immediately spreads throughout the universe and that it instantly reduces hostile confrontations while the name Dr. Edward Bilstein is completely forgotten from within the minds of everyone. However, four years later, a report from Zeta states that an Earth Federation army base from upon the planet was attacked and immediately destroyed by a small group of rebels calling themselves the "Fourth Empire" and that Bilstein, who had built himself a powerful cyborg body and managed to escape from the floating prison satellite on Zeta, is the one who's leading this group of dangerous individuals.

With several other similar reports coming from other nearby planets and realizing that the specific pattern of attacks is leading right back to Earth, a panicked Earth Federation has only one recourse: to find people who could utilize Plasma Power in their own given accord and attempt to stop Bilstein from within a last, desperate effort before the mad genius can invade and conquer Earth and the rest of the universe with his nascent Fourth Empire. All of Earth's hopes rest in the project codenamed "Star Gladiator".

Characters Edit

Fighters
Hayato
June
Gamof
Gore
Saturn Dyer
Franco Gerelt
Vector
Rimgal
Zelkin Fiskekrogen
Kappah Nosuke (Sub-boss and secret character)
Blood (Sub-boss and secret character)
Bilstein (Final boss)

Trivia Edit

  • The vocals in Star Gladiator vocals are unique in a sense that it uses both English and Japanese voice acting. This unique vocal feature is also present in the sequel.
  • Capcom's former senior manager of community, Seth Killian, mentioned in an interview that Star Gladiator was originally supposed to be a Star Wars game.[1]
  • According to older material found on Capcom's main site, there is a great deal of background story and detail on the 24th Century of Star Gladiator and its cast.

CreditsEdit

Arcade Version [Staff]Edit

Director: Hideaki Itsuno, Eiichiro Sasaki
Character Design: Akiman, Motokazu Sakai
Title Design: Shoei
Computer Graphics: Blbon, Monkey-Kick, Tako, Sensei, Nezumi-Otoko
Motion Design: Hitoshi "T" Nishio, Nɐoki Fukushima, King Joe, Naoki Fujisawa, Shinya ♨ Kitamura, Ball Boy, Jun Matsumura (28), Toru Takaoka, Kazuko ♥ Kawanaka, Masaru Nishigaichi
Stage & Effects Design: Fukumoyan, Yasuto Takahashi, Takuji Mishima, Kouichi Takeda, Takayuki Kosaka
Main Program: Yuichi "Gamof" Kagawa
Player Program: Morimichi Suzuki, Katsuhiko Sometani, Atsushi Fukushima
Enemy Program: Panda
Visual Effects Program: Kohei Akiyama, Hero Hero
System Program: Dome, Meijin, Chabin Type-M
Music & Sound Effects: Isao Ave, Yuko Kadota, Michio "XTC" Sakurai
Voice Actor: Hisao Egawa, Megumi Ogata, Daisuke Gohri, Kazumi Tanaka, Nobutoshi Hayashi, Osamu Hosoi
Special Thanks: CBX, Yuuya, Futoshi Kuwahara, Hiroaki "X68K" Kondo, Kin, Sakomizu, Ritsuko Naka, Mr. Shiraiwa, Steve Lee, Mr. Matt Taylor, Mr. Eric Suzuki, Ms. Magdalena Viloria F. (Capcom Mexico), Ms. Harumi Yamashita (Romstar Brazil), Capcom All Staff
Producer: Furoboh Aoki
General Producer: Noritaka Funamizu (Poo), Yoshiki Okamoto
Presented by: Capcom Co., Ltd.

PSX Version [Staff]Edit

Arcade Director: Hideaki Itsuno, Eiichiro Sasaki
Consumer Director: Yoichirou Ikeda
Character Design: Akiman
Title Design: Shoei
Computer Graphics: Blbon, Monkey-Kick, Tako, Sensei, Nezumi-Otoko
Motion Design: Hitoshi "T" Nishio, Nɐoki Fukushima, King Joe, Naoki Fujisawa, Shinya ♨ Kitamura, Ball Boy, Hiroki Tsuru
Stage & Effects Design: Fukumoyan, Yasuto Takahashi, Takuji Mishima, Takayuki Kosaka
Main Program: Yuichi "Okaz" Kagawa
Player Program: Morimichi Suzuki, Katsuhiko Sometani, Atsushi Fukushima
Enemy Program: Panda
Visual Effects Program: Kohei Akiyama, Hero Hero
System Program: Dome, Meijin, Chabin Type-M
Music & Sound Effects: Isao Ave, Yuko Kadota, Michio "XTC" Sakurai
Voice Actor: Hisao Egawa, Megumi Ogata, Daisuke Gohri, Kazumi Tanaka, Nobutoshi Hayashi, Osamu Hosoi
Special Thanks: CBX, Yuuya, Futoshi Kuwahara, Hiroaki "X68K" Kondo, Kin, Sakomizu, Ritsuko Naka, Mr. Shiraiwa, Kouichi Takeda, Steve Lee, Mr. Matt Taylor, Mr. Eric Suzuki, Ms. Magdalena Viloria F. (Capcom Mexico), Ms. Harumi Yamashita (Romstar Brazil), Capcom All Staff
Producer: Katsumi "Furoboh" Aoki
General Producer: Noritaka Funamizu (Poo), Yoshiki Okamoto
Presented by: Capcom Co., Ltd.

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Videos Edit

References Edit

  1. http://www.destructoid.com/bit-transmission-episode-6-with-capcom-s-seth-killian-172324.phtml Zimmerman, Conrad: Bit Transmission Podcast, Episode 06

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