Excerpt: I’ve been waiting for years now for the reincarnation of very old but great games like Final Fight or Streets of Rage. In those old-fashioned games, you were supposed to run from left to right, while kicking some enemies out of the screen.
Excerpt: The 2.5D beat-'em-up was one of the most beloved genres of the late 80s and early 90s. It may seem amazing today, but there was a time where allowing players to move up and down on the screen as well as left and right was something of a revelation.
Excerpt: Although I can appreciate Dan's enthusiasm for Urban Reign , I definitely don't share it. To be perfectly frank, it feels like the bare skeleton of a game; just a rough sketch of what the finished product was supposed to be.
Excerpt: Imagine Tekken stripped of many of its complexities and in a fully 3D environment that allows for complete freedom of movement. Hardcore Tekken fans are probably foaming at the mouth at the mere thought of such a comparison, but Urban Reign really does feel just like that.
Excerpt: When you add ‘Namco’ and ‘fighting game’ together in a metaphorical gaming sum, you generally find that it equals either ‘ Soul Calibur ‘ or ‘Tekken ‘. With both of those series’ seemingly running out of ideas like there’s no tomorrow, the company have decided to try their hand at another form of...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Cool counters, grapples and double-team techniques make Urban Reign entertaining enough, but despite a number of good points, it's marred by a hundred missions of repetitive play, with no real deviation whatsoever, and bosses that some players will find cripplingly hard.
Conclusion: , the slick presentation of fluid gameplay, and it had all of the makings of a classic beat �em up. Problems become apparent very quickly though, thanks to spotty AI, ridiculously difficult (and unfair) fights, and borderline no way to defend yourself.
Excerpt: From his name to his haircut, Brad Hawk means business. On the way to his newest job, he interrupts some gangsters talking in an alley and beats the crap out of them, just because he can. He leaves them where they fall and saunters off to see his new employer.
Excerpt: After playing the pathetic Beatdown: Fists of Vengeance, I was hopeful that Urban Reign, with its impressive pedigree would renew my faith in developers' attempts to resuscitate the beat'em up genre.