Review: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage (Microsoft Xbox 360)
4 May 2011
Summary: : Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage is one of the best Dynasty Warriors styled games to come from Koei for a long while, as well as a generally solid game overall, and while there are some flaws to the product, the positives outweigh the negatives. The story holds up well some twenty years after its initial creation, and the game’s visuals and audio hold up well on the console while also being some of the best Koei has produced.
Conclusion: All in all around 40 hours and not that grindy. To sum it up quickly, it's DW in a Fist of the North Star skin. In this, it is quite similar to DW Gundam in execution. There is no reason for anyone who hasn't played DW games before to start, but this is a pretty good addition for those who heart themselves some DW.
Excerpt: Fist of the North Star is a love story. It’s a love story between a man and his fists—fists that make people explode. Realizing it would be selfish to keep this love all to himself, he journeys into the world to share his exploding fists with whomever will have them. Thus begins Kenshiro’s quest to teach the world how to love once more.
Excerpt: The ultraviolent manga series Fist of the North Star is rightfully no stranger to videogame adaptation. It centres on Kenshiro, the successor to a fictional branch of martial arts that can heal physical and psychological wounds. This power is usually harnessed for its capability to explode Mohawk-sporting henchmen into bloody corpses… hence Ken's Rage.
Excerpt: You know that you are playing a bad game when the characters don’t attack, the mission objectives never change, and the graphics look like they are about five years outdated. Regrettably, that is a pretty apt description of Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage. Based on an anime, this Dynasty Warriors clone is a subpar beat-em-up that can entertain for short bursts, but manages to drag on monotonously after a while of playing.
Excerpt: Look, I'm not about to lie to anyone - I know little to nothing about the source material for Koei Tecmo's new platformer, beat ‘em up Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage . After playing it, I'm still not sure - I just know there's a lot of gruesome killing...by fingertips.
Excerpt: The ultraviolent manga series Fist Of The North Star is rightfully no stranger to videogame adaptation. It centers around Kenshiro, the 64th successor to a fictional branch of martial arts that can heal physical and psychological wounds, but is usually harnessed for its capability to explode mohawk-sporting henchmen into a taffy-like mess. Remember the Story Of Ricky head-exploding sequence that used to be shown on The Daily Show ?
Conclusion: Concept: Take a nearly forgotten anime and give it the Dynasty Warriors treatment
Graphics: Koei must have glanced at the color spectrum and decided to stick with brown. Most of the backgrounds look like they were hit by the apocalypse
Sound: The game allows you to listen to the original Japanese voiceovers, which is great because I immediately wanted to mute the English ones
Playability: The generic combo system requires no skill, and some of the platforming sequences...
Excerpt: Fist of the North Star is an easy sell, especially as a game. Main-man Kenshiro punches men so hard that they literally explode, and the goofy post-apocalypse world is packed with crazy characters, like burly knuckleheads with pigtails. But surprisingly, punching fools who look like Pippi Longstockings until their guts burst just isn’t enjoyable in Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage.
Pros: + As ridiculous as its source material in all the right ways.
Cons: - Stiff, slow, and same-y combat; worthless if you’re not an über-fan., - Crap level design, enemy A.I., and boss fights., ? Who’s buying these games...and why?!