Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble PSP

  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. While Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble for the PSP really could have used a few camera controls, its mix of RPG and brawler elements is difficult to fault, even if its release timing may be second only to releasing on Boxing Day. Nonetheless, the game definitely qualifies as nicely shibui and is worth picking up.
  2. Even with some questionable controls and outdated graphics, Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble feels like the River City Ransom sequel I've been waiting for.
  3. 80
    Pleasantly surprised at not only the game's tongue-in-cheek presentation, but it's fun and oftentimes wacky on-screen antics.
  4. A game very much in the spirit of the Japanese youth it portrays: sometimes unpredictable, often rough around the edges, yet never lacking in entertainment or charm.
  5. Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble is the brawler that most old school gamers have been hoping will come out. Sadly at the current price point most of them aren’t going to even make an attempt to pick it up.
  6. 79
    Overall, Kenka Bancho is a very good but imperfect game. It overflows with urban Japanese charm that rarely ever gets seen in the West. Kenka Bancho is also incredibly funny and has a very good localization from the folks at Atlus.
  7. All told, Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble is a solid, attractive addition to the PSP library for fans of beat-'em-ups.
  8. If nothing else, Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble is a quirky, unique experience that is certainly entertaining in small doses. I wish there had been more direction, and despite the new game plus, I’m not sure if a second playthrough is a compelling enough reason to buy it.
  9. Kenka Bancho is another fine example of a quirky title that finally makes the trek stateside. While the gameplay has some issues, fans of original titles with odd themes should check this one out.
  10. If you're looking for innovation or depth, you'll have to look elsewhere. This is a game that does not take itself seriously. Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble is all about mindless fun, and we think that's pretty badass.
  11. Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble is a fun, bizarre and hilarious throwback to a time when games where about saving girlfriends and kicking ass, and is only marred by slow combat and weak sound effects.
  12. Kenka Bancho is a weird, good game for a few hours, but as it stretches on it's undone by its flaws. It's a respectable game, and, by all means, it should be experienced in some capacity, but unfortunately little of it is memorable outside of the wild premise.
  13. Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble offers a pretty good ride, but it doesn't really hold up that well when you factor in that it'll cost you $40 for what you get.
  14. It's not the best brawler around, but this memorable adventure has style to spare.
  15. 68
    Because Badass Rumble is so quirky, has enjoyable high school sim elements and plenty of replay value, I think a good number of gamers will still enjoy it. I only wish that the fundamental combat felt as refined as some of its modern day brawling counterparts.
  16. 67
    But even though the action can turn into a not-so satisfying grind (which really does kind of hurt the game's staying power), it's hard to ignore Kenka Bancho's charm. The presentation, including the rarely-serious dialogue throughout, and the complete pisstake on the rougher side of Japanese youth culture, is too good not to miss. When you let loose with that first menchi beam, you'll be hooked.
  17. In the end, Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, is more than just a sum of its parts, but not much more.
  18. Apr 25, 2012
    This is a game worth your time. I can't emphasize it enough by saying it's very 'Japanese' and quirky, meaning you're unlikely to find anything else like it on the market right now.
  19. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Sluggish combat drains a bit of the excitement from the game, so fast-paced action junkies may look elsewhere, but the hilarious and irrelevant dialogue, paired with solid visuals and a unique replayable game structure, make the quirky Kenka Bancho a worthwhile experience for PSP owners seeking something truly original. [Jan 2010, p.87]
  20. Unfortunately, though, the majority of Kenka Bancho's experience hinges on a combat system that feels incredibly sluggish, clunky, and outdated.
  21. Even something that's a little comparable, like God Hand, has a more interesting combat system involved than Kenka's basic attacks and options, regardless of whether the game was actually lacking any polish or not. Kenka nails the theme, setting, and humor that I expected, but actually fails at being particularly fun to play.

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