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Release year: 1994 | Players: 1 player | Developed by CAProduction
Hagane: The Final Conflict (SNES)
Hagane: The Final Conflict (AKA 鋼 Hagane in Japan) is a 1994 2D side-scrolling action platformer developed by CAProduction and published by Red Entertainment and Hudson for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). In the game, the player takes on the role of a ninja cyborg named Hagane on his path to take revenge on an opposing ninja faction. The game combines traditional Japanese ninja and samurai aesthetics with a futuristic setting and is a spiritual sequel to the Ninja Gaiden series.
Although Hagane: The Final Conflict appears to be an imitation of Shinobi, the competent manner in which it was designed makes its quality stand out among other games. It was overlooked from the mainstream games as it was only exclusively released as a rental game through Blockbuster Video, making it one of the obscure SNES games, until it gained some popularity from a shout out by Cinemassacre’s Mike Matei.
The story of Hagane: The Final Conflict presents two clans: Fuma and Koma. Both clans learned ninjutsu and black magic, but are antagonistic to one another. The Fuma Clan was tasked to protect a Holy Grail while the Koma Clan wanted to use the Grail to gain ultimate power over the world. Blinded by greed of power, the Koma Clan decided to steal the Grail by attacking the Fuma Clan. All of the members of the Fuma Clan were killed except for one: Hagane. As the hero of the game, he pursued the task of claiming back the Grail by attacking the Koma Clan before they conquer the entire world.
Ninja + Robots = Perfect Combination
Even in today’s gaming world, the graphics of Hagane: The Final Conflict boasts its excellent quality. The objects and background sceneries were meticulously detailed. The game is consistent in portraying its dark visual theme that unites both ancient Japanese art and the gritty world set in the Futuristic era. Some of the characters also stand out in that their appearances are bizarre, fusing both science and myth—something one can only see in hyperbolic worlds of games. The game’s music and sounds are generally good.
Music is played in every stage and sound effects are smooth. The gameplay, however, is insanely tough. The enemies speedily and ruthlessly attack you, and health power-ups are stingy. It’s fair enough to say that only the most hardcore players can get past the first few levels in this game. Overall, Hagane: The Final Conflict is certainly a rare gem, one that is worth discovering.
Hagane: The Final Conflict game has been ported to the Super NES.