Rated 6.5 out of 10 by 2
Rated 10 out of 10 by bnr abc IF U LIKE BLOODY ROAR...
i thought this game was pretty good! i read some of the reviews and they didnt really like the game. my friend played it and he said that it wasnt fun and that i shouldnt get it. well i saw it n the store and it wasnt that expensive so i just decided to get it (not expecting much) but it was accually pretty fun! the storyline wasnt the greatest (pretty much the same as the show) but it had some really cool characters! the graphics really werent too bad. the game has some really cool special moves! i would recommend this game to any1 who likes a good fighting game! its pretty cool! if u like bloody roar then u like legend of the dragon! its pretty much the same concept (u turn into animals). i hope that this review helped! i thought this game was cool and i hope u do 2! :)
Rated 3 out of 10 by lobothesacred3 One of the Worst Fighting games on the PS2
I'll be up front and admit that I'm about to rip this game to pieces. This game is dreadful on so many levels that its hard to come up with any positives to say about it. I think I'll start off my review with a look at the controls.
The game quickly upsets you with the control layout. The game doesn't match up with many of your standard tournament fighters for the PS2. And considering this game uses the same sort of combat as a tournament fighter it is a major issue. To dodge attacks you need to press the L1 or R1 buttons which will drive you up the wall if you've played other games and are used to dodging with the up or down buttons on the d-pad. Another issue that quickly arises is that the game features the up button on the d-pad for jumping. This feature feels like it would've been better suited to the circle button since it isn't used for any of your basic attacks.
Another issue is that the block and counter buttons are needlessly complex. You can simple guard by pressing the x button, but to counter you need to hit x + R1 + L1 at the same time as the opponent is about to hit you. An easier solution would've been situational awareness in the game that if you hit X as an enemy is about to hit you that it automatically counters. This simplifies the controls and makes them feel less awkward.
The game offers multiple modes but the one most highlighted is quest mode where you can travel across the map in search of enemies. Of course, the map feature is similar to the ones used in Uzumaki Chronicles 1 & 2. Basically your character moves across the map on dotted lines from one destination to the next. When you arrive at a destination you may find an enemy and need to defeat them in a certain amount of time.
Of course, the biggest issue with the gameplay arises with the combat itself. The combat often times feels stiff and slow moving. Another problem is that simply waiting and countering your opponent seem far more effective then dancing around them and hitting them from behind. And that is an issue since the guard ability will protect you and your enemy from hits from behind as well. A character that is blocking shouldn't be able to block attacks if they aren't facing in the direction of the attack. The game further compounds these problems by making the only effective way to defeat an opponent is to force you to spam your special attacks in your transformed state which is accessed by pressing R1 and L1 simultaneously.
Another issue is that all of the characters basically fight and move the same way. There isn't anything that differs between the characters outside of their appearance since they all use the same super moves as well.
The graphics while decent aren't anything special either. They also feel a bit on the cheap side as well since the characters look a little blocky. Its hard to pin down but they feel a bit off.
Sound wise the game is a mixed bag. The tracks in the menu screens are all rather nice and sound like traditional Chinese/Asian orchestral pieces. The tracks for in game on the other hand are often times over shadowed by billowing winds and grunts from your opponents. The combat music also doesn't feel entirely fitting for the game either.
There isn't anything about this game that gives it any lasting appeal. The only people that might be interested in playing this game are hardcore fans of the TV show and even they would probably toss this game into a trash can rather quickly.
Lasting Appeal: 1