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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Wandering the wastes of a post-apocalyptic landscape, no longer demarcated by county or city limits, I fought Kenshiro through packs of thugs, zealot gangs and imperial guards. Born unto the lineage of the Hokuto Shinken, an ancient fighting style using acupressure points for explosive assassinations, I wade Kenshiro into these peons with little effort, ultimately leading him to encounters against rivaling, tyrannical martial artists.