Excerpt: The Corsione family, the bad guys of this game, are releasing a super powerful drug named SEED, which is extremely addictive and ultimately fatal to the person using it. Grave, Mika and Spike set out to destroy the drug and come across two more characters, which make up the rest of the three playable people, named Juji and Billy. The game is pretty simple, you run from A to B in an arcade style, shooting as many enemies as you possibly can.
Excerpt: is a fairly interesting anime from 2003 that recounts the tale of two good friends, Harry MacDowell and Brandon Heat. Harry is by far the more outspoken of the two, and as they grow up they form quite a bond through the trouble they cause and the laws they break. These two live in a run-down, fictional city, where a mafia group by the name of Millenion controls everything.
Conclusion: The game takes place a few years after the first game, the young ward Mika is now in her late teens and is still fighting against the proliferation of the new designer drug Seed, which is turning users into a dangerous army. Needing help in the war, Mika once again calls on Grave to enter the fray with guns blazing.
Excerpt: Normally, the reviews here at GameCritics.com start with what I like to call a preamble—Chi and Dale like it when we find a theme or an idea that resonates outside of the gaming industry and tie it into the game review itself. However, sometimes one must just cut to the chase, and the chase here is that Gungrave: Overdose is a bad game.
Excerpt: Some say the Japanese are mad. Think contestant-maiming game-shows. Think incomprehensible television advertisements featuring Posh and Becks in aprons. Think giggling Japanese schoolgirls competing in the wonder that is cosplay. Think co-ordinated multiplayer Dance Dance Revolution... Me? I held out hope there was some big plan - some mighty agenda the Japanese held secret.
Excerpt: Gungrave: Overdose is an action-packed shooter based on the popular Gungrave anime. The game is violent, chaotic and all around crazy as you go from level to level obliterating everything in your path. Unfortunately, control problems and extremely repetitive gameplay keep it from being as positive an experience as it could have been.
Excerpt: "Now this is more like it." That's what anyone who played 2002's Gungrave, a stylish but very short and shallow PS2 shooter, would almost certainly think after playing the sequel, Gungrave: Overdose. The new game makes good on the potential of its predecessor by delivering a much more intense, more challenging, and ultimately more satisfying experience, and it throws in a surprisingly involving and well-produced story for good measure.
Excerpt: For those of you who remember GunGrave , and groan at the mere mention of its name, then cheer up. GunGrave: Overdose is the game you were looking for the first time around. To put it simply, the graphics of Overdose look like a full-rendered 3D anime. It took me a while to put my finger on the style. As you move through the huge levels, you will encounter cemeteries, office buildings and casinos that seem to come straight out of just about any modern anime.
Excerpt: By Gary Kearney GunGrave: Overdose is the sequel to the slightly successful GunGrave, released for the PS2 a couple of years ago or so. While the squeal does improve on the original, that really isn’t saying too much. Basically what we have here is another anime type game where the style and look of the game is more fun than playing the game. Overdose is a pure action game where all you need to know is if it moves, shoot it.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Gungrave Overdose serves up a decent dish of arcade style shooting, that should appeal to Gungrave fans. Interactive environments, bonus features, and the addition of new playable characters should add more appeal to the overall package. Unfortunately the action is a bit too long drawn and repetitive, and while I enjoyed some of what the game offered early on, after spending forever and a day in each level I honestly couldn't wait until the entire experience...