Reviews and Problems with Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
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Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
2 September 2013
Summary: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage was a great game, at least if you liked the Dynasty Warriors series and had an affection for the punch-happy manga upon which it was based. Kenshiro's post-apocalyptic wanderings worked remarkably well with the brawling, one-against-all gameplay Koei is famous for. Koei is also famous for masses of sequels, and a follow-up was inevitable.
Summary: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is basically the first game with some subtle changes. If the first go was enjoyable, then the second one will be the same. If not, there's nothing missed by passing it by.
Pros: Authenticity to the series is exemplary, Visually impressive battles
Cons: Repetition, repetition, repetition, Lack of variety in game modes
Excerpt: Tecmo Koei once had its place among the most respected developers and publishers in the gaming industry with some of the best fighting games around in the Dead or Alive series, a great new action series in Ninja Gaiden and plenty of other fun releases such as the Dynasty Warriors series.
Excerpt: This year marks the 30th birthday of Hokuto No Ken / Fist of the North Star , the chronicles of the manliest of the manly who go hard to fight for what they hold dear in their hearts upon the backdrop of post-apocalyptic 199X. Signature as well is its teaching that grown men cry, a necessary intermission taken between the violent dispatching of evildoers to a soundtrack of “ATATATATATATATATATATATATATA!
Excerpt: Is the series already dead? As the resident Dynasty Warriors expert, a title I wear with pride and shame, I reviewed the original Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage and deemed it as one of the best games to be influenced by the series. It took the basic Dynasty Warriors premise of beating hundreds upon hundreds of enemies into a bloody pulp and made the combat deliberately grounded.
Conclusion: The audience for this game is clear: fans of the manga/anime, the first game, or maybe Dynasty Warriors should definitely check this out. I think those folks will be able to more easily overlook the game's flaws. For everyone else, you could do worse with your money and time, and if you do try it, give it a few hours to grow on you before you cast it aside.
Conclusion: Fist Of The North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 is just far too similar to the original game despite making a few, ultimately rather perfunctory, changes. Though the same excess and brilliance shown in the original manga is clearly on display here, it’s just not different enough.