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Kengo: Legend of the 9

Not Rentable
GF Rating
3.2

1003 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
7

Good

Samurai Action

posted by Scarab893 (TAMPA, FL) May 19, 2008

Member since Jul 2007

15 out of 17 gamers (88%) found this review helpful

I know everyone seems to hate this game and I understand why, but I have to say this game is deeper than your normal hack and slash. I mean yeah its not the most exciting but I have to say being a die hard Samurai fan, i found this game to be pretty enjoyable. I gave it a 7 only because there could have been less repetative "goons" to fight and graphically its not up to the 360 standards but again its fun when you give it a chance as well as challenging.

First off mastering the different stances of your blade and upgrading your stances with certain moves. From strong attacks to weak quick attacks its all about chambara in this game. Again if you compare it to whats out there its totally different so I think thats why people are giving it a bad deal. Yeah it gets repetative sometimes but again its more about the sword play. If you remember back on the PS1 there was the Bushido Blade series, well this is the updated version. Yes graphically there isnt anything to go crazy for, but again sword play. Knowing a boss battle can be a drawn out sword slashing or a complex blade to blade chess match never knowing if your going to land that single deadly strike. Yeah its cool cause if you time it right or get the right combo you can kill a boss with one lethal blow and the fight is over.

Again I know it seems like there are more cons than pros but you gotta give this game a chance. You cant just pick it up and expect it to be awsome you have to understand the mechanics of sword and once you master the combos you'll see
what this game is about.

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GF Rating
3

Bad

A bad example of a hack and slash

posted by Baene21 (STILLWATER, OK) Aug 23, 2008

Member since Aug 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

horrible game, a bad example of a hack and slash mixed with a fighting game like tekken. during boss battles your character likes to disappear if you are backed into a wall or obstacle, making it very hard to judge your next move.
Rent worthy? No
Buy worthy? Definitely not

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Better then what people say

posted by Kimimaro (OCALA, FL) Sep 19, 2007

Member since Jun 2007

16 out of 20 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

I'm really starting to suspect that many people are getting the wrong impression of this game, as a "hack and slash" type of game.. I even read somewhere where someone said that it was a rip off of samurai warriors, which is completely bogus since if all you do is button mash on enemies, they will kill you. Kengo requires precision, focus and a general know-how of the game mechanics to be able to properly fight.

There are many good features of this game, and quite a unique twist for the online mode. However, there is no practice, or tutorial on how to play the game or work the fighting mechanics, so you have to get first hand experience in game.

There's a Story mode, combat mode (1v1 fighting), and Online mode. During Story mode you will be able to choose 1 of 3 starting characters, which you can unlock more characters later. Your character has basic combos which when you complete the mission you will obtain points to be able to unlock different moves that go along with a specific button (Y or B) combo or other attacks that are initiated by pressing a directional button and Y or B. There are 3 different stances for a character, all which you can switch between during combat and can purchase moves for. However you can't save points that you didn't use to another upgrading session. You can also unlock "AI traits", which are used for Online, by finishing missions.

Combat mode is, well.. 1 vs 1, nothing to really explain there. Online fighting is a bit different.. The "Ai traits" you unlock in story carry over here, and effect how your character fights (you don't actually fight yourself, it's basically a bot match).

Graphically, they are somewhat better then Xbox quality, but not even close to being able to completely take advantage of the 360s graphical capabilities. Game play is decent, but will bore you after a few days since it isn't really revolutionary or innovative, and online (since you don't play it yourself) won't really have you coming back for more.

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