Good Game: Rival Schools United by Fate (PS)

A Good Game a day for the rest of time perhaps?

Today it’s Rival Schools: United by Fate a 1998 fighting game developed and published by Capcom for Arcades, and PlayStation (PS).

The story of Rival Schools introduces the player to a Japanese city called Aoharu City, where several local schools are the victims of unknown attacks and kidnappings of students and staff. The various characters in the game set out to find who is responsible for the attacks on their school, with the cutscenes and fights portraying their interactions with the other schools and among themselves. Eventually, the story reveals that an elite school in the city, Justice High, is responsible for the attacks. The player’s team eventually faces off against Raizo Imawano, the principal of the school, and first boss of the game. If certain requirements are met during the fight against Raizo, the story would continue as the player would then head into a true final boss fight against Hyo Imawano, Raizo’s nephew and the true mastermind behind the events of the game.

The structure of the single player game of Rival Schools varied depending on how characters were selected. If two characters from the same school were selected (with a few exceptions), single-player would play in a progressing story with fights predetermined beforehand and each fight preceding and ending with short 2D cut-scenes to explain the story. If two characters from different schools were chosen, the single-player mode would instead play similar to other fighting games, with the player’s chosen team fighting against random teams of opponents before facing the boss. In the arcade, character selection was initially limited to selecting two characters from the same school and free selection of any character was accessed through time; the PlayStation versions, which included all characters unlocked by default, had no such restrictions.

Watch the video I made below showing about the first 25 minutes of the game.


Rival Schools: United by Fate Gameplay.


Developer: Capcom.
Publisher: Capcom.
Platform: PlayStation.
Release : 30th July 1998 (JP), 30th September 1998 (NA), 1998 (EU).
Genre: Fighting.