The American version is very much a hard hack of the Japanese version. The translations were just dubbed over the animations, which causes the characters' gestures and mouth movements to be out of sync with the voices. Sometimes there's no voice at all, but the character goes on flapping their gums. However, I kind of liked this because anyone who likes anime has seen bad dubbing before and if you DO like anime, this will suck you in.
Incredible. I as a rule do not play fighting games. I really don't. I think sitting for hours and trying to discover new ultra moves and trying to tap out just the right sequence to hit your opponent with a new ultra-whiz-bang attack is a supreme waste of time. However, I love Evil Zone.
Firstly it's not all about just fighting. In the classic stlye of Japanese anime the fighting surrounds a deep and complex story. Of course, you CAN just skip through the cutscenes and go right to the fighting .
Secondly, I love anime, which is how I got into Evil Zone to begin with. All the anime stereotypes are represented: the Guyver (bio-mechanical superman), the bounty hunter, the karate-bum, the superpowered schoolgirl, the punk, the over-confident ultra-stylish wizard, the young nice-guy sorceror, the too-cute airheaded chick... and the list goes on. You can choose any of these characters and battle all the rest in order to defeat the "Ultimate Evil".
Thirdly, it's EASY to get into. The tutorial mode (THANK YOU!) will show you how to pull off every move in the game. No, I'm not kidding. If you are patient enough to sit there and go through all the tutorials, they will introduce to all the capabilities of the characters. No random button-mashing necessary! Also, the key combinations for the attacks are the same for all the characters. The ultra-death attack is always back, back, attack no matter who you are playing, this slices the learning curve down to a minimum. This does not simplify the game too much though, since all the characters' attacks are different, take different amounts of time to use, and may not work the same as other characters' attacks. What this does is skip past the crap, cuts to the chase and gets you into the game, playing.
The graphics are good, however the Playstation doesn't do them justice. I have an emulator and when I got the game running on my computer with anialiasing (smoothes out the characters) and the super lighting effects my graphics card is capable of, it looked unbelievable.
The only real beef that some may have is that the characters' mouths and gestures don't always match up to their speech in the cutscenes. As I mentioned above, this was really a bad hack from the original Japanese version. However, if you are into anime this will suck you in and make you feel almost like you are inside an anime, playing the character yourself.
The other incredible feature is the roving camera. As you attack and move the camera will pan and sweep around. I can't do it justice by just explaining it, but the camera moves and cuts are just unbelievable and are VERY cinematic. They really give the whole game an anime feel and make seem as though it IS a movie. As you attack normally you will have a static side view, but jump and attack your opponent and the camera will cut to a view above your enemy's head and will watch you jump in and nail 'em.
On the whole an incredible game, if you like anime and have a Playstation or an emulator, waste no time in picking this one up.