Reviews and Problems with Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage
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Review: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage (Sony PS3)
5 June 2011
Excerpt: My first encounter with Fist of the North Star was the first (and only) time I rented the NES game released by Taxan in 1989 (I also played Last Battle for the Sega Genesis a few years later, but didn’t learn until just a few months ago that it too was a Fist of the North Star game that had been reskinned for the Western release.
Excerpt: Every few minutes, the main character of Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage , Kenshiro, proclaims to one of his victims, "You are already dead." It wasn't until after a few hours, thousands of enemies and one-liners later that I realized he was actually talking to me. I was already dead... from playing his game. Brain dead.
Summary: Before writing this review, I promised myself that I would not write "ATATATATATATA" or make any reference to things being "already dead." Unfortunately, such a noble ambition is next to impossible. In fact, before I even made this promise, I knew the plan was already dead.
PS3/X360 Review - 'Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage'
9 December 2010
Summary: Based on one of the most widely recognized manga and anime series, Fist of the North Star takes place in a postapocalyptic world where the remaining survivors of a nuclear holocaust roam the wasteland in an ongoing struggle against marauding tribes for food and water.
Excerpt: ATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATA! I hope you like that sound, because if you decide to play Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage , you’re going to hear it. A lot. The house that Dynasty Warriors built pays homage in game form to one of the best anime series to ever exist, but unless you’re a fan of the series, you’ve no reason to play it. The engine is the same as the Dynasty Warriors games, just slower.
Summary: Koei and Omega Force give the Dynasty Warriors treatment to yet another unsuspecting classic anime and the results are entirely predictable. Run around and mindlessly bash brainless enemies as Ken and a variety of other characters from the hyper-violent 1980's Japanese cartoon. And that's about it.
Pros: Faithful to the anime series, Provides extra missions for side characters, Lots of levels
Conclusion: If you know what you're getting into, you'll enjoy what Ken's Rage has to offer. It's as deep as you want it to be; but, you have to meet the game halfway. That's just not enough for everyone.
Excerpt: Fist of the North Star has always been an entertaining franchise, thanks to exciting kung-fu antics, heavy-handed dialogue, and ridiculous amounts of pressurized bloodshed. Somehow, Ken's Rage does what the original manga and various anime adaptations never could, taking an easy formula for success and downgrading Kenshiro's tale into another middling Dynasty Warriors clone.
Pros: Decently faithful to the source material. Lengthy missions in Legend Mode are complimented by plenty of gallery extras and additional characters. New storylines in Dream Mode are a nice touch.