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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 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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  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. Has an elegant anime look that makes it a must-play East-meets-Western. [11 Oct 2002, p.86]
  2. 80
    Shooting things, when properly presented, is one hell of a lot of fun, and Gungrave presents more shooting packed more densely with more impressive style than just about any other game in the last several years.
  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: 10 out of 10
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  1. JesR.
    Jan 10, 2003
    This game really kicks ass.
  2. StefanG.
    Jan 29, 2004
    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
    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. Collapse
  4. FlameSniper
    Nov 27, 2002
    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. KyleB.
    Jan 17, 2003
    This game is one of those games you can just pick up and play with out reading a game manual. Very much like Shinobi without the sword. In this game you take the role of a man who sold his soul for a body made for one thing in mind and that would be revenge on the syndicate. This game really offers nothing new in the light of action games, but has a certain style that makes it just a tweak above the rest of the action games that I have had the luck to play. The story line is, well like most action games, nothing to be amazed about. The characters are about as deep as cardboard, and the enemies are plentiful. A game like this though is seldom played for a deep story and I doubt that any of you are actually rating this game because of the storyline or lack-there-of. But as far as game play goes it is simply wonderful with some but not lots of slow down. The game has lots of destroyable scenery and is a simple blast. Expand
  6. ColR.
    Mar 15, 2004
    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
  7. NinjaMafia
    Aug 10, 2003
    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

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