Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Ah, slumming it. It has been a quite a run of quality games. But who can stand all the goodness? It's time for First of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2: really just an update of the first game with a confusing upgrade system. I honestly thought for the first hour or two it was the same game, as both cover the same events from the same manga/anime and have all of the same characters. A separate achievement list confirms that they are different games and the wikipedia entry notes that it will go into greater depth about some of the characters. The game still is just hundreds of guys running at you in plain looking environments ad nauseum so am going to call it's Ken's Rage 1.25.

Not even going to give it a 1.5 because there is not depth to the characters to explore. Here's Kenshiro:

He is clearly upset that his head is too small for his body. That, seven holes in his chest and a dead girl friend tell you everything you need to know about him. It is still a game about punching people very much like the last game about punching people. There are scrolls to equip that create a Bejewelled -like minigame. If only the scrolls you receive weren't randomly chosen it might be interesting.

It's mashy. It's simple. It's not translated so I get bad Japanese voice acting instead of bad English voice acting. Yes, it is Fist of the North Star, but there are things about the anime that just cannot be translated into a game. Like this:


I really should not be playing this at all. Just over a week to UFGT and I am not ready. I don't think I can be ready,

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