The Warriors Review - The Next Level

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Release date:
October 18, 2005
Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games

The Warriors

Rockstar shows off its creative brilliance once again--delivering a solid, robust actioner.

Review by Candice Shane (Email)
November 19th 2005

Once in awhile, you'll come across a few plateaus giving you the impression that you're in the clear. Since there's a button and key to do nearly every thing in this game, you've got a lot of freedom to do a lot of damage. When you've sufficiently kicked enough ass, your name will blink above your health bar, signaling that you can go into "Rage" mode. Usually your Warrior will throw his arms back and spout off something adorably insane like: "I'm going to tear you APART!". Even when surrounded by dozens of people, he whips up enough of offensive outburst that will scare everyone away. Your character may do anything from a powerful roundhouse kick or a flurry of grappling moves concluding with a dynamic fling into an oncoming group—or maybe he'll end up executing a vicious finishing move on the hoodlum you've been beating on senselessly. While it's amazingly simple to pick up combos and basic fighting attacks, you'll find that taking the time to click your triggers for your Rage mode and somehow snorting your "magical potion" can become quite tricky to pull off together.

Making the Impossible, Plausible

If you've seen the movie beforehand, The Warriors seems to almost put you within the film. It's amazing how the developers were able to closely model the facial expressions and body types from the actual actors, ultimately making each in-game character appear as if they were living, breathing individuals. The fight moves never appear choreographed and I'd like to think that the game makes the movie seem unrealistic—it's that good. Upon completing the game, I went out and picked up a copy of the movie and can honestly say that the digital iteration was a lot more impressive.

I loved the fact you're given an opportunity to play with the entire Warrior's cast, offering a robust backstory of their origin and key events that took place prior to the actual film. Personally, I personally felt that it's the perfect way to craft a story instead of needlessly creating a sequel. Put them within that time and place, then let 'em go!

Another notable solid aspect that enriched my game experience was the period-themed music, featuring classic talents from the 1970's like Joe Walsh, Desmond Child and many others. Overall, I found the selection to be flawless, giving me an eerie feeling throughout the entire game. Even the sounds were admirable. Much of the dialogue was ripped from directly from the film, while the rest is supported by new lines voiced by talented voice actors and James Remar, the same actor who played Ajax in the film. It's clear that every step was exercised to capture an authentic flair of the film that would do justice to its cult status. Once you play it, you're bound to become a fan.

The replay value of this game is almost endless, as there are flashback modes to go through which bring you into why and how certain people crossed paths to become Warriors to begin with. Several hidden objectives can be completed to add to a further completion score and once you beat the game, a "Fatal Fury" type game becomes unlocked that you can play by yourself or with a friend. The game starts with you bopping through a side-scrolling adventure fresh with a few enemies to fight until you progress towards each level's boss. It's a lot of fun and completely appreciated by all of us who grew up with arcade style 2D fighters like "Golden Axe".

Now that I'm about to wrap this up, you'd be foolish to still be here reading this instead of looking into picking up a copy. It's quite possibly the best game in its genre since Grand Theft Auto III and it's a clear sign that we're going to see some amazing things in the future from Rockstar and Rockstar Toronto. Hey, if you can turn someone wholly against the action genre into a diehard fan, you've got to be doing something right!

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