Urban Reign PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2005
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 44
  2. Negative: 10 out of 44
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  1. AceGamez
    60
    Be it frustration at the difficulty level or just boredom at the lack of variety, your Urban Reign is pretty much guaranteed to be a short-lived one.
  2. If you’re after something to play with your mates after the pub, or are looking for a short burst of knuckle-cracking violence, Urban Reign might be worth looking at if found going cheap.
  3. The only thing Urban Reign will provide you with is a realistic foreshadowing of what would actually happen to you if you ever ran into a few angry dudes in a dark alley late one night. If that sounds like fun by all means go for it.
  4. Namco's brawler does thrill, but misses out on the crucial online play and a decent story.
  5. Edge Magazine
    70
    For all those who gun Reign down for toying with its own rules and essentially cheating on the player at times it feels are appropriate, there'll hopefully be as many who recognise that such times are appropriate and and that even the dirtiest of its tricks can be bested. [Dec 2005, p.104]
  6. There's no sense of progression, only a sickening sense of tedium as you're dropped into the next box of a level and take on another too easy minion, too tough boss, and the too bewildering camera.
  7. This is simply an underground fighter that is more of a diversion and a guilty pleasure for those who like brutal street fighting with a bit of martial arts elegance.
  8. 70
    There are some problems with the game, but a great combat system, great multiplayer and great presentation all make up enough for the game’s shortcomings.
  9. 60
    Rather than melding together the best aspects of the games which obviously influenced it, Urban Reign instead only manages a watered down stew of fighting elements that taste more like an appetizer than a main course.
  10. It wants to innovate so badly in its arena but it has a few shortcomings that stop it from parading like a champion.
  11. Unfortunately the game grows stale rather quickly and is hampered by a ridiculous difficulty level and repetitive gameplay.
  12. 70
    Even the slightest mistake can lead to an instant beat down from a swarm of CPU-controlled gang members. The aggressive A.I. is relentless in its attacks and, especially later in the game, will easily frustrate even the most hardcore fighting fans.
  13. Yet another game to add to the list of brawlers we will inevitably forget.
  14. To be honest, if you were not sold in the first few words, classic beat’em up, then there is nothing here that will appeal to you as a gamer.
  15. 66
    There's no doubt that with its flexible fighting engine and various game modes that it has a lot of 'weekend rental' potential for those willing to overlook its short missions and bad balancing, but it could have been so much more than that.
  16. Namco has created a capable fighter and dressed it in some especially uninspiring clothes. To put it plainly, Urban Reign appears to exist purely because it can. Despite its skill, no forward steps are taken or advancements made in the genre.
  17. You have great graphics, huge move sets, lots of characters, lots of stages. But then it drops the ball on game difficulty, difficult controls, weak storyline, and no online game play.
  18. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    Apparently, monks chant the same phrase hundreds of times to reach a meditative state. This is like that, but with puniching. [Feb 2006, p.102]
  19. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    Better than "Beat Down." [Oct 2005, p.107]
  20. 55
    Full of wasted potential. A disappointing effort from a developer that knows better.
  21. Play Magazine
    65
    Despite some attempts at variety, the missions grow repetitive quickly thanks to a limited move set. [Oct 2005, p.67]
  22. Play UK
    60
    It does look great and arguably has a certain gritty charm, but is severely let down by a combat system that is, frankly, not good enough. [Apr 2006, p.106]
  23. PSM Magazine
    60
    The best urban brawler sine "Def Jam." [Nov 2005, p.86]
  24. Urban Reign’s audio is purely average. You could play the entire game on mute and not miss a thing. The voice acting ranges from decent to poor, and the weak plot and script don’t help matters much.
  25. 65
    But battling groups of bad guys gets dangerously dull after an hour or two, especially when the game's unfair A.I., just like our booze-addled fathers, has a tendency to make you pay dearly for even the slightest gaff.
  26. Those looking for a no-nonsense beat-em-up could find some enjoyment with the fluid combat system and frantic nature of the game, however Urban Reign makes very little attempt to bring the genre back to life - everybody else should check out Rockstar Games superior adaptation of The Warriors.
  27. The barely tolerable story mode does little to cover up the fact that Urban Reign is little more than pummeling goons in the face for three hours, and then bam, you're done.

Awards & Rankings

#94 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#18 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 6, 2016
    8
    runs on PCSX2 ... PAL version.
    This note is only temporary, this can change if better settings are found in the future on another OS and
    runs on PCSX2 ... PAL version.
    This note is only temporary, this can change if better settings are found in the future on another OS and rig:
    Which OS to load, which user account and what hardwares:
    6 Sept 2016 … normal 100% game speed, very good graphic with no jagged lines = play this on Win7 64-bit, user account “Sec2ndteer”, Phenom 965 o'c to 3.8GHz with GTX 670 2GB. ... run it on PCSX2 1.4.0 .. Windows' desktop reso 1920x1080.
    For the setup of pre-cfg files, look for: urbsne456reidg8997.txt
    ... if you want re-tunes it: Don't turn on MSAA, it works but gives extra "shadow-shades" outside the right place on the ground, the extra shading looks like rainbow's colors on certain maps like China Town and Chinese Market. Though MSAA may makes the textures looking better, but you may also need to lower the "upscale multiplier" down from 6 to 4 ... so to increase FPS.
    More nattations on the buggy graphic if MSAA was turned on: “rainbow-bars oiled” paterns popping up like a shadow thing on the ground from time to time (it can’t effect the look of the player model or AI bot models, it’s in the background like a shadow on the ground.
    This a very fun game to play with, as good a SF V and Soul Calibur 3 !!!
    … seen girl fight just like Soul Calibur III moves, exactly!
    Release Date: Sept 2005
    http://wiki.pcsx2.net/index.php/Urban_Reign
    ... how it runs on PCSX2
    Y = grapple … B = strike (most of the time it's kicking, but depends on how far away you're to the opponent, and it should be kicks if pressing the D-pad right or down along with the press of this B key)
    … A = sprint (press it again to stop sprinting. No, you don’t held down onto this button to sprint)
    Tips: Pressing the "Y" button + any direction of the D-Pad can end up using punches and kicks before lift up and slam moves.
    Tips: Pressing the "B" button + any direction of the D-Pad can end up using low/high kicks, it changes when the opponent is laying on the ground or in stun. There is a low swipe kick that can knock the opponent off his feet.
    … X = dodge (you barely moves, but if you press this in time when opponent is about to hit you, this counterthe attack and grasp back at the hand or leg, or weapon)
    … Left shoulder key = pick up any dropped weapons on the ground, or to loose the weapon that’s in your hand – no, no throwing weapons out)
    … Right thumbstick = rotate camera view when you’re in Story game mode and the fights has started, but this won't works in dual and VS arena game modes ...
    ... Right shoulder button = target lock onto opponent(s). Hold it down and look at the opponents' "colored small triangles" marker on top of their head, then press the "A" button (must keep holding onto the right shoulder button) and you will sprint towards him, when you're about 2 to 3 metres away from him, press the "B" button and you'll jump up and kicking and kicking again as you keep pressing the "B" button. You don't need to turn around to face the marked opponent before pressing the "A" button. Note that more than 1 or 2 opponents can be locked-on to, but usually that's because they're fighting each other and is so close together. Just press "A" once while still holding onto the rigth shoulder key and your player will run towards the marked opponent like a trailing missile.
    Tips: the most useful attack is to sprint into 2 opponents as they're fighting, then jump up and kicking at them both in turns while you're still in the air, or use bicycle kicks all at one opponent. That's using the "A" button and Right shoulder button plus then the "B" button.
    Tips: when you runs into a wall, your player will runs up the wall and flips back down, when he does that he will injure any opponent that's chasing him or standing at or near where you're landing your stomping feet!
    When you got stun and stars a circling around your head, mash the left thumbstick and the Y B A X buttons around quickly to “wack” youself up.
    When in “Story” game mode, choose to play as Brad Hawk (also works in arena battles), mash the left thumbstick and the Y, B, A, and X buttons around quickly when the SPA gauge has little of few whits in it, this will make your player do a swirling special move spin kick. But I think all it needs is pressing the Y and B buttons at the same time on the xbox360 controller, but to be safe, just mash them up, but you might using up all many times of SPA sources if you mashing those buttons for too long? The SPA gauge is shown right under your health meter, it fills up when you get hitted, or when you hitted the opponents!
    If you want to get into training, go to “Extras” > “Tutorial” or “Practice”.
    There are many characters to unlock, I think it only has half the roles unlocked for you to play as for start.
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  2. Oct 12, 2015
    10
    Best fighting game I ever played in my life and I played a lot. Such beautiful, intuitive mechanics, balanced characters strenghts andBest fighting game I ever played in my life and I played a lot. Such beautiful, intuitive mechanics, balanced characters strenghts and endurances, not like in other games where a big guy's punch has the same power as some girl and they can take the same amount of beating. This is so underrated that it makes me mad, no word of a sequel or a remake, such a shame. I spent countless days playing this in multiplayer with my friends and it's very addictive and fun. I'd score it 20 if it was possible. Full Review »
  3. Oct 3, 2015
    7
    El mejor juego para jugar entre amigos por tener combos buenisimos , muchos estilo de lucha , armas , mapa de batalla y varios personajes .El mejor juego para jugar entre amigos por tener combos buenisimos , muchos estilo de lucha , armas , mapa de batalla y varios personajes . El punto debil es la historia muy simplona pero mirando que es un juego que esta hecho para dos jugadores pues no se apresta tanta atención . Muy correcto juego Full Review »