Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage PlayStation 3

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
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  1. Dec 19, 2010
    50
    There are different stories to play through and plenty to unlock, but it's nothing special.
  2. Dec 19, 2010
    46
    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.
  3. Dec 19, 2010
    75
    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.
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    65
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage suffers from being too much and not enough like Dynasty Warriors.
  5. Dec 19, 2010
    65
    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.
  6. Dec 19, 2010
    67
    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.
  7. Jan 13, 2011
    78
    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.
  8. Dec 19, 2010
    60
    Unfortunately, non-fans of the North Star will find very little in this waste-land of below average gameplay mechanics.
  9. Jan 10, 2011
    55
    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.
  10. Jan 4, 2011
    60
    Intense battles for any fan of the anime or manga. Don't expect any more.
  11. Jan 5, 2011
    64
    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.
  12. games(TM)
    Dec 20, 2010
    70
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  13. Edge Magazine
    Dec 19, 2010
    50
    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]
  14. Dec 20, 2010
    75
    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.
  15. Jan 8, 2011
    60
    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.
  16. Dec 19, 2010
    60
    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.
  17. Dec 19, 2010
    70
    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.
  18. Dec 19, 2010
    60
    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".
  19. Dec 19, 2010
    44
    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.
  20. Play UK
    Dec 20, 2010
    51
    Slow, clunky, unresponsive, ugly, stupid and dated. [Issue#198, p.97]
  21. Dec 20, 2010
    44
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is so terrible that it can't even satisfy an established template.
  22. 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.
  23. 40
    A bland beat 'em up plagued by monotonous gameplay and an extremely inclusive story.
  24. 50
    Primitive graphics and terrible story telling make us more full of rage then Ken.
  25. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Dec 20, 2010
    61
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  26. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    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.
  27. Dec 20, 2010
    65
    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.
  28. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jan 6, 2011
    60
    Not to mince words, either: This is a Dynasty Warriors clone. [Jan 2011, p.86]
  29. Dec 20, 2010
    65
    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.
  30. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    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.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 29, 2010
    10
    This game isn't trying to become the next great pinnacle of gaming. It's trying to accomplish something that people used to enjoy in games,This game isn't trying to become the next great pinnacle of gaming. It's trying to accomplish something that people used to enjoy in games, having fun. Remember when a game that was just plain fun was all that you needed to have to enjoy yourself? Well this game not only accomplishes that but also remains extremely faithful to to not only the source material, but also the game Koei has become synonymous for. So if you're a fan of the series or you just want a game where you can kick back and blast people into puddles of intestines (Love you Roah), then please rent/buy this game. It may not change your life, but it will definitely make it a little more entertained. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    9
    Koei Tecmo has really outdone themselves with Fist of the North Star: Kenâ
  3. 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 »