Battle Arena ToshindenEditBattle Arena Toshinden (バトルアリーナ闘神伝, Batoru Arīna Tōshinden) is a weapons-based fighting game for the Playstation, Sega Saturn and PC. Developed by Tamsoft, it was one of the first fighting games to boast polygonal characters in a 3D environment. It was an early killer game for the PlayStation, and Sony promoted it eagerly. However, they soon left the series, which was published by Playmates Interactive. By that time, fighting games like Tekken started emerging and Battle Arena Toshinden quickly declined in popularity. However it did spawn Battle Arena Toshinden 2, 3, and 4, along with many spin-offs and ports.
Battle Arena Toshinden was the first 3D weapons fighter, and was succeeded in spirit by Soul Edge and other games of the genre.
Battle Arena Toshinden 2EditBattle Arena Toshinden 2 for the PlayStation is the sequel to Battle Arena Toshinden. As with its precursor, it is a weapons-based 3D fighting game.
Though the core gameplay remains unchanged from the first game, Toshinden 2 includes a simple combo system. The 3D movement is also altered to create slightly better balance in battle.
Battle Arena Toshinden 3EditBattle Arena Toshinden 3 for PlayStation is a 3D weapons-based fighting game and sequel of Battle Arena Tshinden 2. Toshinden 3 is the first of the main series not to be ported to other platforms. It is also the only game in the series that has game play differences between the Japanese version and subsequent US and European releases.
Whereas Toshinden 2 was largely built upon the first game, Toshinden 3 radically changes the series' gameplay. Most notably the arenas are now enclosed, allowing players to launch opponents into the walls and ceilings in order to juggle them with further attacks. The combo system has also been reworked, with every character possessing a preset list of combos.As well as the 14 starting fighters, the game also adds a huge 18 unlockable fighters bringing the total to 32, though most of them are largely mirror images of the original 14's fighting styles.
Toshinden 4EditToshinden 4 (Toshinden Subaru in Japan) is the fourth installment of the fighting game series Battle Arena Toshinden. Unlike previous installments, it only saw release in Japan and the PAL region. It was released a total of three times in the UK.
It originally came out on August 21, 2000, and it was re-released on The White Label Range on April 12, 2001. It was re-released again by Play It On, November 20, 2003.