Gungrave PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Gungrave challenges gamers to kick some serious butt as Grave, a long-dead assassin sent back to earth to annihilate seemingly endless legions of merciless enemies. Players battle their way through massive, destructible areas in over-the-top anime-inspired action, earning insane specialGungrave challenges gamers to kick some serious butt as Grave, a long-dead assassin sent back to earth to annihilate seemingly endless legions of merciless enemies. Players battle their way through massive, destructible areas in over-the-top anime-inspired action, earning insane special attacks and otherworldly power-ups as they embark on a mission of revenge and devastation. Featruing destructible environments, hordes of relentless foes and stunning art by anime legend Yasuhiro Naito, Gungrave is equal parts stylish anime thriller, Hollywood blockbster and heart-pounding action game. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Has an elegant anime look that makes it a must-play East-meets-Western. [11 Oct 2002, p.86]
  2. Play Magazine
    80
    If the first minute of the opening cinema doesn't move you in some way, you bought the wrong gme, but if it does, well, you can join our club. [Sept 2002, p.65]
  3. A lot like Gradius or Raiden. You’re basically maneuvering around enemy fire while mashing on the fire button.
  4. Basically a vanity game made by Anime fans for Anime fans which sticks to its guns to create a shallow shoot-’em-up with an inspired styling.
  5. 65
    Suave and stylish, courtesy of character designs by famed anime artist Yasuhiro Nightow (Trigun), it's unfortunately far too short, underwhelming, and the general aesthetic is liable to be beyond the comprehension of anyone who couldn't tell a Gundam from a gumball.
  6. Gungrave definitely looks cool. It's also a textbook case for why great graphics don't do you much good if the underlying game is shallow.
  7. A great animated cartoon cleverly disguised as a rather lame Playstation 2 game. Great presentation is wasted on forgettable gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. JesR.
    Jan 10, 2003
    10
    This game really kicks ass.
  2. StefanG.
    Jan 29, 2004
    10
    Super-cool and super fun. Most stylish game I have played (and I have played over 200). It is a masterpiece of gaming art conception. The Super-cool and super fun. Most stylish game I have played (and I have played over 200). It is a masterpiece of gaming art conception. The fact that it is very short prevents it from being boring - you will for sure play this again in the future, unlike say any FF or other super lenghty game. So in th e enb you will no doubt get more than 30 hours of play out of it, only it will be because you will want to play it 20 times in the next 2 years. Expand
  3. J.H.
    Sep 1, 2002
    9
    While the gameplay may be a bit on the shallow side, Gungrave never ceases to amuse till the last cel shaded movie. The easiest way to While the gameplay may be a bit on the shallow side, Gungrave never ceases to amuse till the last cel shaded movie. The easiest way to describe it would be Devil May Cry with no puzzles and much more style. Expand
  4. FlameSniper
    Nov 27, 2002
    8
    Man, why the hell is this game only getting so low ratings? It is a good game, a combination between Shinobi and Devil May Cry, if i may say Man, why the hell is this game only getting so low ratings? It is a good game, a combination between Shinobi and Devil May Cry, if i may say so, haha...well, you don't need much intelligence to beat it but this is a cool opportunity to kick some serious ass. :) Expand
  5. NinjaMafia
    Aug 10, 2003
    8
    Gungrave is extremely stylish and thats most of the reason I like it so much. The storyline is engaging enough to keep you going throughout Gungrave is extremely stylish and thats most of the reason I like it so much. The storyline is engaging enough to keep you going throughout the game, however if the game was longer the storyline could have been something extremely better the gameplay is repetitive , but it reminded me of a really good arcade game where I don't have to put in tons of quarters to play. Overall Gungrave is worth at least a rent seeing how its so short. But if you love blowing crap up then Gungrave is your game Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2013
    8
    A great game often overlooked by many. This game upholds the tradition of great Japanese gaming classics: the gameplay is satisfying and neverA great game often overlooked by many. This game upholds the tradition of great Japanese gaming classics: the gameplay is satisfying and never bogged down mid-level. The controls are wonderfully responsive, and despite the mayhem on screen it's never difficult to understand what is going on. In terms of presentation and story, it improves on its predecessor in every way by introducing even more likeable characters, bigger levels and more of the same great, electrifying big band jazz BGM. Despite the limitations of the PS2 hardware which resulted in occasional frame-rate drops this game delivers a satisfying experience and an enjoyable story full of likeable characters. Despite being shallow in some aspects, I was nevertheless able to glean hours of fun from this game by replaying the story and bonus modes. Moreover, it did all of this at the price of a budget title. This is a must play if you own a PS2. Collapse
  7. ColR.
    Mar 15, 2004
    8
    It may be shallow, but it looks great, has incredible impact and above all else, it's very, VERY cool. It's a game that you would It may be shallow, but it looks great, has incredible impact and above all else, it's very, VERY cool. It's a game that you would expect to find in an amusement arcade. Check your brains in at the door and play with your big bang stick! Expand

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Awards & Rankings

#77 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#26 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002