Bloody Roar 4 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Hudson
  • Release Date: Nov 11, 2003
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
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  1. BR4 can be fun with friends and those new to the fighting game genre, but the lack of depth and the button mashing controls don’t help BR4 against the high standards set by other games in the fighting genre.
  2. Play Magazine
    67
    Being able to upgrade you characters is fantastic, but instead of offering interesting challenges or match types to do this with, career mode presents a boring glut of one-round bouts. [Nov 2003, p.92]
  3. If you have played the series before, prepared to be under whelmed as no real new tactics or specials have been added this year.
  4. The career mode really doesn't make up for this cookie cutter title, and compared to Weapons Master mode of SC 2 it just cant compare.
  5. The addition of a few new fighters, a new mode, and some tweaks to the gameplay don't stop this from being a rather simple, shallow game.
  6. PSM Magazine
    60
    I was also disappointed to see that BR4 is still lacking in the ever-important single-player experience. [Holiday 2003, p.44]
  7. Sure, you can save up energy and then turn into a bloody great beast, but it's just a gimmick really. Bloody Roar isn't original enough to innovate and isn't polished enough to epitomise the genre like "Soul Calibur II" does.
  8. This series has great potential, but it is ruined by the developers by not making it deeper. On the other hand, if you love to button mash, this is the game for you!
  9. 60
    If the game offered anything beyond a gimmick that grew stale three games ago, we'd have something to recommend. But with nothing more than generic button mashing and a sorry excuse for a career mode, Bloody Roar 4 is for die-hard fans of the series and furries only.
  10. 60
    The look of BR4 is seriously behind the curve. The single-player game is lackluster and the multiplayer, while the most exciting way to mix it up, is still just a button-mashing endurance contest. The game's "guys turning into animals" gimmick is the only thing going for it.
  11. 60
    It's still a better-than-average game, but the lack of depth and subtlety and the emphasis on the offensive, rather than the defensive, puts this squarely two notches below the best in the genre.
  12. The game looks great, no doubt about it, but it controls terribly, and just isn't any fun to play.
  13. 50
    Severely limp-wristed, Bloody Roar 4 gets smacked senseless by its immediate peers. It's a crying shame, as fans of the product line might even take offense. Little care or concern was invested in the game, and it shows.
  14. Arenas are constrained and cliched, and the gameplay is as button-mashy as ever. [Dec 2003, p.86]
  15. BR4 is simply BROKEN. Nothing here manages to come together the way that it should and this leads to frustration and boredom.
  16. 50
    Not only is it not a fun game, every other aspect of it is just as cheap and disheartening.

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#18 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Aug 13, 2016
    7
    this game is ok overall, it depends on which version you play.

    because of the fact there is 2 versions of this game one of ntsc-u and pal,
    this game is ok overall, it depends on which version you play.

    because of the fact there is 2 versions of this game
    one of ntsc-u and pal, which has the english voice acting
    and the ntsc-j which has japanese voice acting.

    now, im giving the bloody roar 4 at pal and ntsc-u 4/10, the game's "voice acting" at the pal and ntsc-u is absolutely horrible, some of the voice acting are so damn unfitting to the characters (bakuryu,xion and ryoho) which were hilariously bad sometimes, especially xion. the worst part is the cutscenes which the voice acting ain't fitting to the damn lip syncing which says the words in japanese, why hudson couldn't change that to english lip syncing?!

    now the japanese version voice acting is good, it fits to the characters and they don't have much problems.

    now graphics are outdated, the look like more 2002 or 2001, and this game released 2 months before 2004!

    so that's not cool, sry.

    controls feel to me a bit stiff, but im settling with them.

    overall the japanese version is good, but the english is ****
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  2. GaryBall
    Oct 2, 2006
    10
    I love this game!! I wish more games these days would cater to the growing homosexual gaming community. My boyfriend and I go all giddy overI love this game!! I wish more games these days would cater to the growing homosexual gaming community. My boyfriend and I go all giddy over the sweet animal-turnin'-into action. This has to be the best game around... until Bloody Roar 5: U Go Girl Turbomax Fashion Edition comes out. And I'm really sorry for Wang P's loss. One time I accidentally killed an old lady. Full Review »
  3. JimmiA.
    Dec 18, 2005
    7
    It´s a good fighting game, but you must give it some time. After you have learned the different combos, you see the depht in the game. It´s a good fighting game, but you must give it some time. After you have learned the different combos, you see the depht in the game. But it´s not same class like : Tekken 5, Virtua fighter 4 Evolution, but it´s still a very good game. Full Review »