I had read many reviews on Kengo Legend of the 9 and just about every review really BASHED this game. Many of them had said that this game is nothing but a button masher. I don't know if those reviewers played this on the easy difficulty or what not, but I can DEFINITELY confirm that this game is in NO WAY a button masher. If you think you can just button mash your way to victory, you're dead wrong, and you will find yourself dying a lot. When I first got Kengo I really didn't like it, mainly because I didn't know what the heck I was doing and there's no tutorial when you start the game to let you know what the controls are and how exactly the gameplay works. After much patience and perseverance I got a hang of the controls and gameplay. Once I got the hang of environmental kills, the stamina bar, and the 3 different fighting styles with each of the 9 characters. I found an enjoyable samurai game with a pretty deep fighting/combo system. PROS: Kengo Legend of the 9 has you playing as 9 real life samurai warriors that in each and every level all you really do is battle through tons of enemies until you reach the level boss. The catch or hook of it is HOW you dispose of your enemies. You can use combos or you can use the "environmental kills" that once you drain the stamina of your enemies you can knock them into walls, wells, lanterns, etc. and kill them in 1 slash/stab. These environmental kills are very cool and they help you gain more points to unlock more combos when you level up your character, in which you upgrade your health, attack power, defense, and stamina (REALLY IMPORTANT). But you most be careful because enemies and bosses can also use the environmental kills on you. The music is alright, nothing really great but it does fit with the tone of the game. CONS: Kengo can be BRUTALLY DIFFICULT especially on the hardest setting (there's an achievement for beating it on hard) when it comes to the bosses. This is because once you get to the boss of each level it only takes them a few shots to kill you. Not only that but there are no health power-ups throughout the levels, so if you take a lot of damage while beating all the enemies and then you get to the boss you're stuck fighting him/her with that same remaining energy. This becomes INSANELY FRUSTRATING because if you die on the bosses (and you will, trust me), it's back to the beginning of the stage and you have to fight all the enemies again. Graphics look like a regular Xbox game, controls while not complicated do take a decent amount of time to get use to, and the Xbox Live mode (if it can even be considered that) is massively weak. When on Xbox Live you don't actually play someone, what it does is it takes the way you played the game in the main mode and adapt that A.I. into the Xbox Live mode and you WATCH matches with other samurai players. WOW, THAT'S LAME. The only bright spot to the "Live" mode is that you can pick up some pretty easy achievements when your character wins matches. That sums up my review of Kengo. Personally, I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as all these video game sites have claimed it to be. If you're interested in it, I say go for it, it's really inexpensive now. Just remember if you do pick it up be ready to commit some time to learning the controls and gameplay/sword fighting.
yes: I recommend this product