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Get ready for a no-holds-barred game of basketball where the only rule is that there are no rules! Arch Rivals is a two-on-two arcade-style hoops game that features four fictional teams: Natural High, Brawl State, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Choose from eight players, each differing in ability, as you try to pick the best mix of defensive skill and offensive firepower. The cast of characters is as follows: the "crowd-pleaser" Blade, "tough and mean" Mohawk, All-American Reggie, "great player" Vinnie, top-shooter Lewis, rebound king Hammer, defensive specialist Tyrone, and "real champ" Moose.
Play involves moving up and down a horizontal view of the court as you try to outscore your opponent before the final buzzer sounds. Of course, if you have to punch a few characters in the process, so be it! Cinema cut-scenes appear after each shot, allowing you to see cheerleaders or the opponent's angry coach. Players will also have to watch out for the animated crowd in the background — sometimes they'll throw garbage onto the court to interfere with the action. Even the team mascot may get involved! If the game sounds familiar, it probably is: Arch Rivals for the Genesis is based on Midway's 1989 coin-op game of the same name. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide