2005/10/04

Urban Reign

From Namco, the makers of the Tekken game series, this is an interesting beat ‘em up game where you take it to the streets against hostile gang members to bring peace back to the city. Not going to be an easy job as you’ll find yourself up against gangs of enemies who don’t take kindly to outsiders meddling in their business.
The main story mode of the game pits the player against 100 levels of street clearing beat ‘em up action. It’s not just one on one fights either, as some stages will pit you against up to about 6 opponents at the same time. Luckily for you, some levels allow you to select a partner to back you up, but to get them on your side you’ll have to beat most of them first as you progress through the game.
You have a host of abilities for dishing out pain in addition to the basic attack combo. You can grab opponents and perform throws and wrestling moves as well as do special attacks by powering up your power bar. You also get points for clearing level s you can use to update your stats and make you stronger and tougher.
Not all levels are strictly beat down everyone you see missions. Some have objectives like protecting your partner, defeating enemies within the time limit, or breaking specific body parts of enemies.
The controls in the game are easy to pick up for the most part, but the one thing that you’ll find really frustrating is the defense system of the game. You can’t block, only parry and counter an enemy’s attack. This gets really frustrating as the timing is tricky and you feel completely defenseless at times watching a gang of enemies endlessly juggle you in mid air and you can hardly get a shot in on them.
Despite some short comings, the game is easy to get into and quite fun to play. After beating the game, all the enemies you defeated become playable in the Free and Challenge modes. Playing these modes also unlocks additional characters like Paul Phoenix and Martial Law from Namco’s Tekken series!
Fun game and definitely recommended.

Game Ratings:
Graphics – 8
Sound – 7
Gameplay – 7
Lifespan – 7
Overall - 7

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