Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Jan 3, 2011
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is an excellent game which exceeds at staying true to its roots, with extreme repetition being the only thing that boggles it down.
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    First of the North Star, as a modification of Dynasty Warriors, is a good idea quite well executed. It has its own touch and personality, without differentiating itself too much from the series tradition.
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    Fans of the anime will absolutely love Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage. Other gamers may not love the game quite as much but will find a solid and enjoyable adventure from start to finish.
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    It's much deeper than I would have expected from a current age Musou style game, and I highly urge people who aren't usually enamored with the Dynasty Warriors series to check this out, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
  5. Dec 20, 2010
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  6. Dec 19, 2010
    If you like beat 'em ups, you will appreciate this one, but ultimately Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is a love letter to fans of the original series.
  7. Dec 19, 2010
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage reminds us what a great beat-'em-up at its core is all about, as long as you're playing by yourself and hopefully in spurts.
  8. Dec 20, 2010
    With hours of violent action capable of being employed, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is certainly an easily rentable option if you're looking to kill time as mercilessly as the in-game enemy, but anything beyond the re-skinned Dynasty half only proves to be a chore.
  9. Dec 20, 2010
    If you know what you're getting into, you'll enjoy what Ken's Rage has to offer. It's as deep as you want it to be; but, you have to meet the game halfway. That's just not enough for everyone.
  10. Dec 20, 2010
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage suffers from being too much and not enough like Dynasty Warriors.
  11. Dec 19, 2010
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is a classic and dated beat'em up with a poor graphics and a not perfect gameplay. But it will satisfy any fan of the manga. If you are not among them, you should definitely look somewhere else.
  12. Jan 5, 2011
    The hardcore fan will simply rejoice, and won't even notice the many flaws. For everyone else, Ken's Rage is the average DInasty Warriors.
  13. Dec 20, 2010
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  14. Jan 8, 2011
    Although Fist of the North Star is far from beeing perfect, its intense atmosphere and engaging battles will surely manage to please any fan of the anime or manga... but if you're not among them, you should definitely look somewhere else.
  15. Not to mince words, either: This is a Dynasty Warriors clone. [Jan 2011, p.86]
  16. Jan 4, 2011
    Intense battles for any fan of the anime or manga. Don't expect any more.
  17. Dec 21, 2010
    This game has one with very repetitive gameplay aspect, it's fighting, fighting and a lot more fighting. The fighting can be cool but because of the crappy AI you will search for another game to play. It isn't a really bad game but it could have been a lot more.
  18. Dec 20, 2010
    Fist of the North Star is a fun game if you're a fan of the anime series. If not, there isn't a whole lot here for you unless you like Dynasty Warriors. The dependence on the anime really hurts it.
  19. Dec 19, 2010
    Unfortunately, non-fans of the North Star will find very little in this waste-land of below average gameplay mechanics.
  20. Dec 19, 2010
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is a very pleasant surprise for the old fans. When stripped of its IP, it is certainly difficult not to blame him for some weaknesses (a basic level design, poor graphics - still unprecedented for other Hokuto no Ken games), but what many would look as a weakness has also some sort of "curious old-school charm".
  21. Dec 19, 2010
    The game can only be recommended to hardcore fighting game fans. There isn't enough variety to keep the average player in front of the PS3.
  22. Jan 10, 2011
    Ken's Rage ruins a solid game-structure with a gameplay that lacks depth. And furthermore the graphics is really poor. A game only for addicted fans.
  23. Dec 20, 2010
    Slow, clunky, unresponsive, ugly, stupid and dated. [Issue#198, p.97]
  24. 50
    Primitive graphics and terrible story telling make us more full of rage then Ken.
  25. Dec 19, 2010
    It all adds up to an uneven brawler, a game with the resources and technology to break through the walls of the developer's lineage but one unprepared to fully let go and take a chance. [Dec 2010, p.90]
  26. Dec 19, 2010
    There are different stories to play through and plenty to unlock, but it's nothing special.
  27. Dec 19, 2010
    Ken's Rage is an atrociously repetitive game that bafflingly remains entertaining in spite of its best efforts at self-sabotage. But don't let the low score fool you - you should pick this up when it hits the bargain bin. Just be prepared for the video game equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome.
  28. Dec 20, 2010
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is so terrible that it can't even satisfy an established template.
  29. Dec 19, 2010
    Playing games should be fun, but you'll find absolutely no joy in Ken's Rage. The mindless battles and atrocious combat are a sad mockery of the source material. If you're foolhardy enough to bite on this, you'll find yourself quite literally able to relate to its furious protagonist.
  30. 40
    A bland beat 'em up plagued by monotonous gameplay and an extremely inclusive story.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 2, 2010
    Koei Tecmo has really outdone themselves with Fist of the North Star: Kenâ
  2. Nov 9, 2010
    A Great Game, I SPit on the reviewers who never gave this game a chance, i never watched the anime, but this game apprantly follows it well,A Great Game, I SPit on the reviewers who never gave this game a chance, i never watched the anime, but this game apprantly follows it well, its interesting, there is eng and jap voices, english is nice, Kenshiro sounds badass and i love the way he says the Hokuto Signature moves in japanese in his english voice, There are only 9 Characters but all have 8 signature moves which are badass and great combos, the graphics are nice, showing the wasteland feel to the game. Jagi is a badass character to play as... if you love Beat em ups with a great story and badassery GET THIS GAME NOWWWW! Full Review »
  3. May 10, 2013
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage isn't a groundbreaking game. It isn't even very good looking (sans the cutscenes which run at a very smoothFist of the North Star: Ken's Rage isn't a groundbreaking game. It isn't even very good looking (sans the cutscenes which run at a very smooth 60fps), but it is a hell of a lot of fun to play. The game tells a portion of the story from the original manga series, and while there are some great looking cutscenes throughout, there's a lot of the story missing here. It only hits on the major action set pieces, and throughout playing it, you'll realize there happens to be a good bit of story missing here. However, even if Fist of the North Star is a dearly beloved manga series, I don't think anyone will be worried too much with how this game's story folds out. It does get the job done. The main reason to play this is for the gameplay, and that's where this game shines. It's a straightforward Dynasty Warriors style beat 'em up, and this is easily the best game in the genre. When playing as Kenshiro, you don't use weapons. Unless you count those ridiculously badass fists of his as weapons; and you should. The moves and brutal violence in this game are completely over the top, and this game is better for it. When you punch 4 or 5 people at the same time in the face and watch their heads f-ing EXPLODE, you'll feel accomplished. The really amazing thing about that is there's no tongue in cheek humor here regarding the violence. The game plays it straight, and it really fits in well with Fist of the North Star canon. The levels in this game are absolutely massive for the type of game this is, and some can take 45 minutes to an hour to complete. All the while facing off hordes of gang members. At the end of each level, you'll face a boss. While some people would call these bosses cheap, I call them an accomplishment. I feel like it's been a long, long time since I've faced so many bosses that were this good. Sure, they can block your attacks, once you break their defense with, say, a kick, it's hard to situate yourself to attack before they get their guard back up, but the more you play this game, the more you'll be thankful for these bosses. They help make an otherwise mediocre game great. Plus, if you learn to use the skill tree in the meridian chart correctly, you won't have much trouble. Still a challenge, but minimal trouble. Speaking of the meridian chart, that is this game's way of leveling up your character. And oh boy, this thing right here, really, really makes this game much deeper than it ever deserved to be. FOTNS:KR could have really suffered the fate of being a flat out boring game. The core gameplay here is decent enough, but once you add the leveling system with these outstanding boss battles, you're left with a great game. My first playthrough of this lasted around 20 hours or so, and that was with one character. There are more characters to unlock in the main story mode, "legend mode," to make this game much longer. Then there's dream mode, another story mode in this game with even more characters to unlock. Dream mode plays like a classic Dynasty Warriors game, with spots on the map to capture before the enemy does, and again, this makes an otherwise mediocre game so much more deep than it deserves, and it definitely benefits from this. Then there are the special moves. OH. MY. GOD. I don't even have words for these. They're amazing, and some of the most badass stuff you'll ever see in a video game. Just take my word for it. These are half the reason to play this game. All in all, Ken's rage doesn't look great, the metal music in the background can be annoying if that's not your thing, and the graphics can be somewhat drab. With all that being said, this is still one of my favorite video games ever made. It takes the beat 'em up/brawler genre and really runs with it. You'll have so much fun taking down wave after wave of enemies in so many different ways, that the rest of the game's presentation is forgivable. Just wait until you get to a rather tough boss fight and the game gets really intense. It's a wonderful experience. Ken's Rage is a game that deserves to be played. It's a callback to the great beat 'em ups of the 16-bit era, except that this is a third person 3D game. That's the only difference. Every time I play this, I feel like I'm playing a much deeper version of Final Fight or something in that vein. Pick this one up, it's a great title with some very, very brutal gameplay Great boss fights. Great special moves. Great cutscenes. Absolutely amazing game. Full Review »