Kengo: Master of Bushido Image
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  • Summary: The mind is a powerful weapon. So is the sword. When combined, they create the ultimate force. To be a Samurai master, you must silence one and make fierce the other. The rhythm of battle awaits you. Now, go young apprentice, and earn your glory.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. 90
    The fighting world has a brand new and addictive style of gameplay. Kengo pays homage to an art form that's rarely seen, and plays as a well-crafted and fun experience that no fighting-game fan should miss.
  2. Gamers weaned on massive combos and flashy pyrotechnics will most likely find themselves fidgeting, but we've got a suspicion that plenty of PS2-owning gamers out there are looking for a fighter with finesse -- not just for fans of the genre, Kengo fits that bill quite nicely.
  3. A suitably impressive game, if not for its sparkling gameplay, then for its determination to do something different with the whole genre, in which it remains almost unique.
  4. The game has a weak fighting system, and the lack of a compelling storyline makes Kengo just a series of boring, repetitive battles. The game abandons both the characters and the gameplay formula of the "Bushido Blade" series and ends up being a disappointment on all fronts.
  5. 52
    The game plays like a warped fighting game, and practically everything about it screams frustration.
  6. As for the versus mode, it might succeed in entertaining a couple of people for about half an hour or so, but that's all that saves Kengo from being a complete dud.
  7. Horrible control and subpar graphics ruin what could have been a special fighter on the PS2.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 7, 2014
    9
    The spiritual successor of Bushido Blade keeps it's memory alive with it's unconventional take on the fighting genre. This weapons based 3D fighter really packs a punch, with heaps of fighters and some intense battles to be had. When a duel can be over in a few seconds from a well placed strike, you need to keep on your toes for this one. You cannot afford to take any shots, because anyone could be that slash that takes your life. Kengo has a washed out graphic style that may not making it the flashiest PS2 fighter but it works with the game to make the blood pop out. In this game when you bleed it means something bad, it means you are in trouble and the fact that the blood stands out even more by contrast just really tips the intensity of this fighter.

    Strategic and violent, Kengo will keep you on your toes whether in survival mode going through waves of swordsmen trying to get the highest tally, or between two friends on multiplayer. The fights might not always last long, but the impact lasts forever.
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