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GF Rating
3.2

1002 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Nothing like the original

posted by Phatslugga (FARMINGTON HILLS, MI) Aug 29, 2008

Member since Dec 2006

5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

I remember picking up the first Kengo for the ps2 in a $5 bin. To my surprise it was a great game. Tons of characters, moves, realistic battle system and it was just great fun to play with friends and talk smack after slicing them up a few times.

Lots of things have changed, and not in a good way. Firstly, this game is no longer a VS style fighter. Instead, its now a generic hack and slash action game that is being choked to death by its own linearity. There are two different attack buttons, and you can mix them up a little bit, but there is little reason to do so, since all the combos do the same amount of damage, and there really is no incentive to switch it up.

Graphics are pretty bad, sound is nothing special, just a total bore. If you're looking for anything that resembles the original game, look somewhere else.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Kengo, a game for all you hardcore samurai fans

posted by shmooey (AUSTIN, TX) Sep 16, 2007

Member since Sep 2007

16 out of 23 gamers (70%) found this review helpful

A lot of people have been giving this game bad reviews. I on the other had simply love this game. The main thing that drew me over was its realistic fighting system. Changing between stances, having your swords clash, and pulling off those awesome execution moves. Also there are 9 interesting samurai to chose from each with a real historical background.
Now I will admit this game dose have some down falls. The story mode is a bit thin and uninteresting and the online mode is really weak, because all you do is watch your samurai fight. I do really enjoy the two player offline mode though. If your a hardcore samurai person then this game is a must have, other wise just rent it and see if you enjoy it. Well that's my two cents.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

One of the best fighting games IMO.

posted by Whovencrof (HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) Jun 18, 2009

Member since Jan 2009

4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

I have to say I enjoyed this game quite a lot. It was nice to get out of the tedium of current gen fighters, and harken back to a simpler time. A time in which sticking a sword into someone meant dealing them a mortal wound, not 1/20th of their hp bar.

Pros:
- A fairly advanced skill based fighting system, complete with a cadre of instant KO moves.
- The ability to use your surroundings as a weapon.
- Characters that mimic your style of play, and only get better when you do.
- Custom combo/skill trees.

Cons:
- A rather harsh learning curve.
- A somewhat poor storyline in comparison to other good games.
- A cadre of instant KO moves.
- Characters that only get better when you do can be annoying when you aren't very good.

All in all I'd say it's at least worth a try, if you're a fan of fighting games.

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