River City Ransom EX Game Boy Advance

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. 78
    One of the few kick-ass, must-own, constantly-on-hand games in my collection for GBA -- there are so few games of this caliber on the handheld that match action with depth that, even with its faults, it's very needed.
  2. It's also funnier than I remembered: I had forgotten that the theme from Double Dragon plays during the fight with the Twins near the end of the game. [June 2004, p.139]
  3. The combat system is not only intuitive and very fluid but is chock-full of "Did you see that?!" moments, and not only takes the hardcore feel of the original title but expands upon it with additional weapons, attacks, and techniques.
  4. 85
    Fans of River City Ransom on the NES and brawlers as a whole will love this version.
  5. 80
    A decent addition to the handheld fighter genre, and if players can discipline themselves not to buy many of the all-powerful techniques, River City Ransom Ex can be a cool gaming experience.
  6. A ton of fun, and is an excellent port/upgrade overall. Shame on the company for not including two player mode though, as that's where most of the fun came from.
  7. 80
    Despite the game's limited length and distinctly Japanese presentation, River City Ransom EX remains a winner overall. From a punchy, bleeping score to cheesy kung-fu sound effects and esoteric script, the game comes off as a killer blast from the past.
  8. Nintendo Power
    80
    The GBA version retains all of the game's charm and style and offers slight improvements to the graphics and screen text. [July 2004, p.120]
  9. Lastly, and most disappointing, there is no co-op mode. There is a link mode, which allows you to trade character data and techniques, but there is no two-player mode to speak of at all. This is very disheartening.
  10. netjak
    95
    Atlus has managed to somehow improve upon one of the greatest NES games ever. To beat-em-up fans such as myself, the old school greatness means two schools – Cross Town High and River City High, with all the turf in between. Atlus took us back, and there's no reason for anyone to resist one more bout with Alex and Ryan.
  11. River City Ransom EX is a hilarious, complex beat-em-up with a ton of options and plenty of options for fun combat.
  12. Pocket Games
    85
    A tremendous port of one of the most unsung games of all time, and a must-have for any serious collector. [Summer 2004, p.39]

Awards & Rankings

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#44 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 8, 2011
    10
    A remake of a great fighter/RPG hybrid from the NES/Famicom with new moves, attacks and abilities, better graphics and sounds, new featuresA remake of a great fighter/RPG hybrid from the NES/Famicom with new moves, attacks and abilities, better graphics and sounds, new features and all around a vast improvement from the NES/Famicom game. This game is quite literally Double Dragon on steroids and is one of if not the most fun fighting/RPG hybrid game on the GBA. Full Review »
  2. NajinJ.
    Jan 15, 2008
    10
    This game brought back so many memories! The improved graphics were a delight and I'm glad the designers of the gba version decided to This game brought back so many memories! The improved graphics were a delight and I'm glad the designers of the gba version decided to preserve so many of the original nes features. a true retro classic! Full Review »
  3. SamW.
    Jul 11, 2007
    10
    I love this game as well as the origional. but i also feel that they couldve gone the extra five or so steps to make it a multiplayer game. I love this game as well as the origional. but i also feel that they couldve gone the extra five or so steps to make it a multiplayer game. so for single player: 10 for multiplayer: 4. Full Review »