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The Warriors: Street Brawl Review


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On 09/28/2009 at 03:43 PM by Neal Ronaghan

If I hear "Warriors! Come out and play-ay!" one more time, I'm going to snap.
RECOMMENDATION:

Only for die-hard fans of the film and people desperate for beat-'em-ups

The Warriors, for the unaware, is a cult movie from the 1970s about street gangs in New York City. Rockstar brought the brand back to video game prominence with the fantastic The Warriors for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, with a later port to PSP. The Warriors: Street Brawl, currently only for Xbox Live Arcade, is a far cry from the 2005 original, as it is just a boring 2D brawler with very little of the personality of the film.

You take control of the titular Warriors with four different characters playable at the outset and two unlockable. The story is terribly presented through plodding comic book-style cut scenes without any voice acting. Luckily, you can skip over these drab segments with the press of a button.

The gameplay is a bit better than the presentation. You go through generic foe after generic foe using a very simple combat system. One button punches, one button kicks, and combinations of the two help you do combos. You can also block and throw, which becomes increasingly necessary as you make your way through the game, and use special attacks that boost your attack power or perform a move that clears out surrounding enemies. There are different weapons you can pick, such as crowbars and knives, which make you a more formidable fighter.

There are other modes to romp through, such as a versus mode where you and three friends can duke it out against each other. Up to four players can play all of the modes, including the arena-based boss mode. Regrettably, you can only play the story mode online. The game is a bit lengthy as there are seven missions with three levels, but there's very little that separates these levels besides the background, and all of the backgrounds are recycled throughout all the modes.

The worst part about Street Brawl is that it's so generic. The hook of The Warriors is that it is a fully realized world with colorful characters, and Street Brawl strips all of that out and forces the player through nondescript worlds playing as and against characters that once were so vibrant.

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