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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 November, 2007, 12:00am

Expect wacky fighting sequences reminiscent of Looney Tunes, the beloved Warner Bros animated cartoon series, in new PlayStation Portable (PSP) game Fate Tiger Colosseum.

Published by Osaka-based Capcom and created by Tokyo video-game developer Cavia, Fate Tiger Colosseum is based on the popular visual novel game Fate/Stay Night for PCs, which was developed by Japanese company Type-Moon and released in 2004.

About 140,000 units of Fate/Stay Night were sold in its first year of release and it was adapted into a 24-episode anime television series, which was shown last year. In April, Type-Moon released a version of the original game for the PlayStation 2 console.

Fans of the PC game and the anime TV show can now enjoy playing more than 20 characters - culled from both mediums - in the new 3D multiplayer game. Characters in Fate Tiger Colosseum include Shiro Emiya (the protagonist in Fate/Stay Night), female warrior Saber, secret sorceress Rin Tosaka and her servant Archer, and high-school teacher Taiga Fujimura (nicknamed 'Tiger' by her students).

In addition, all the baddies encountered by Saber make an appearance as playable characters in the basic story mode.

The premise of Fate Tiger Colosseum is simple: the city in which the characters live has been magically sealed within a dome and the inhabitants face certain death unless they find the tiger gem.

Game play is ridiculously easy, with characters running around a 3D setting trying to beat the tar out of each other. This renders the game a simple button-masher on the PSP.

Controls involve attack, jump, dash, jab and enemy lock-on buttons. The jump button is virtually redundant and most of the game will require you to lock on to an enemy and button-mash the attack.

Graphics, the background and sound effects are all effective, with the cute 3D characters well rendered. Character voice-overs were performed by the anime TV show's cast.

There are two versions of Fate Tiger Colosseum, with the standard version containing only the universal media disk (UMD) of the game. A special collectors' edition includes the UMD, an original drama CD (with a 30-minute radio performance of Fate/Stay Night featuring Taiga Fujimura), a hardcover booklet (containing character illustrations and sketches from the TV show), a PSP carry pouch and a couple of Fate Tiger Colosseum posters.

Seasoned gamers will not be challenged by the game, but avid fans of the Fate Stay/Night franchise will want this to complete their collection.

PROS:With more than 20 playable characters, there's plenty of variety.

CONS: The fighting mechanics are overly simple.