Metascore
60

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
    89
    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.
User Score
6.9

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
    9
    Koei Tecmo has really outdone themselves with Fist of the North Star: Kenâ
  2. Nov 9, 2010
    9
    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
    8
    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 »