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  • Summary: In Urban Reign, players assume the role of a gritty street brawler who has been hired by one of the city’s dominant gangs to protect its leader. Players are thrown into a full-blown turf war, involving gang corruption and street justice that spans from the neighborhood block all the way to the upper levels of city government. Urban Reign offers players non-stop, inner-city brawling action with no time restrictions or referees. Back alleys, junkyards and bars serve as battlegrounds for more than 60 different fighters, all of which boast their own unique set of fighting styles including boxing, wrestling and street fighting. Players can select from over 30 weapons – including bottles, bats and 2x4's – to be used in the destructible arenas to add to the mayhem. Focusing on the urban-brawler style of street fighting, players can team up with an AI-controlled character to pull off a host of devastating and destructive combo maneuvers against multiple enemies throughout the game’s 100 missions. Urban Reign also supports multi-tap play for up to four players to determine who really rules the hood. [Namco] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 44
  2. Negative: 10 out of 44
  1. There isn't a plot to speak of, nor any gameplay elements beyond the fighting. But the fighting really is exceptionally fun for novices and experts, which makes this game extremely successful on its own terms.
  2. A solid beat-'em-up. It's unbalanced and frustrating at times but, when the combat is flowing freely, Urban Reign is hard to beat. [PSM2]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Aside from its superior presentation, about the only really good thing that can be said for Urban Reign is that it is not available to offend on more than one console. That’s right PS2 owners, you can be proud you took the bullet for all gamerdom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. ReyA
    Jul 30, 2009
    I don't understand why the critics complained about this one. The gameplay mechanics were fun and the characters were cool looking people. Even the voiceovers for the characters were good. Ok, so there's not much of a story for single player mode, but most people buy these types of games for the multiplayer mode anyway. The best part is, you can use a multitap and play 1-4 players. Anyway, this one belongs on my shelf right next to Soul Calibur 3 and IV. Enough said. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 15, 2005
    I think this game is a really fun beat-em up. but it lacks story and it gets repetitive.
  3. Mike
    Sep 16, 2005
    I don't know what the reviewers are smoking, but this is an awesome game. It's a BEATEM UP. Who cares about the damn story? And they complain that it get repetative. Well, what more do you expect to do in a beatem up than fight people. The fighting mechanics are solid, varied, and awesome. It's more like playing a full feldged fighting game than a beatem up, and even more so in VS mode. The game mechanics really do stand on their own without the need to add things like free roaming and customization, although you do get to upgrade your guy's abilities in Story mode. Collapse
  4. kanada514fiveonefour
    May 2, 2008
    Best Beat'em up on the PS2. Who cares what the arenas look like? Who cares there is no story!? If you want story, rent a movie, If you want a beat'em up, get Urban Reign. There is more to video games than shooters. The fact that the official critics are bad proves that the game is good. I wish beat'em ups were reviewed by people that actually know something about the genre, instead of hating it because they're not good at it. Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2010
    A hardcore, no-holds barred, adrenaline pumping beat-em-up that combines the arcade action of games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage with the finesse of a modern day fighting game. Using a glut of animations taken straight from Tekken 5, Urban Reign's developers have created a very playable homage to action movies like District B13.

    While at times frustrating, Urban Reign never becomes aggravating, and the seasoned gamer will be able to brutalize enemies over 100 stages, and surely come back to replay their favorite levels. This addictive action game is only marred by its lack of 2-player cooperative play, but players can still go head to head with the game's large and unique roster.
  6. IsaacM.
    Nov 18, 2007
    Great fun playing Multiplayer especially Team Battles!! I've had this game for nearly a year now and love to play something a bit different from games like Tekken (button masher) or Mortal Kombat (too complicated) its unpretentious it doesn't pretend to be anything other than a simple straight forward Beat-em-up and it has terrific fighting mechanics which are surprisingly deep and some really vicious hitting (think barbed wire baseball bat to the gut - nice) Single player is nothing special though which is really the only let down on this game for me but how many people out there buy Beat-em-ups for the single player mode? I certainly don't. I hope they make a sequel on PS3. For all of those out there tired of WWE games or just looking for something a little fresh and fun buy this! Expand
  7. Apr 17, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The difficulty is ever increasing. THe game takes place in the same world as Tekken and makes several subtle and not-so-subtle references. The team-up system is good and the weapon system is easily balanced. (1 gun and it's a pistol, it does massive damage but it's easy to avoid simply by rolling) The story doesn't offer much but it set the foundation for a sequel that won't ever come. The ending was anticlimactic and you spend the last part of the game just running around the city doing random things. Then, all of a sudden, the Mayor's been organizing the riots! It has a vast multitude of characters, all with their own abilities and stats. This was the thinking man's beat 'em-up. Expand

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