Urban Reign Preview - The Next Level

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PlayStation 2
Release date:
Sept. 13, 2005
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Urban Reign

Talents from Tekken and Soul Calibur collaborate on a bran-new action brawler.

Preview by Chris Bahn (Email)
July 1st 2005

Namco has offered us a new batch of screenshots of its upcoming 3D action brawler showcasing some exceptional character models and in-game backgrounds. Looks a lot like a Final Fight: Streetwise, but we'll reserve judgment until we get some hands-on time with the game.

Last Update: 4/29/05

Overview: Players assume the role of a gritty street brawler who has been hired by one of the city’s dominant gangs to protect its leader. Players are thrown into a full-blown turf war, involving gang corruption and street justice that spans from the neighborhood block all the way to the upper levels of city government

Developed by members who previously worked on Tekken and Soul Calibur projects, the game promises to offer players non-stop, inner-city brawling action with no time restrictions or referees. Back alleys, junkyards and bars serve as battlegrounds for more than 60 different fighters, all of which boast their own unique set of fighting styles including boxing, wrestling and street fighting. Players can select from over 30 weapons – including bottles, bats and 2x4’s – to be used in the destructible arenas to add to the mayhem.

“With our experience in producing high quality fighting titles, 'Urban Reign' is set to raise the bar in the genre,” said Yoshi Niki, Business Unit Director at Namco Hometek Inc. “'Urban Reign' is a different type of fighting game than what consumers are used to seeing from Namco, so we are hopeful that gamers embrace this new street brawler as much as our acclaimed fighting franchises.”

Focusing on the urban-brawler style of street fighting, players can team up with an AI-controlled character to pull off a host of devastating and destructive combo maneuvers against multiple enemies throughout the game’s 100 missions. "Urban Reign will also include multi-tap support, allowing up to four players to jump into the action and show off who really owns the hood. We'll drop more details as they become available.

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