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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It's not the best brawler around, but this memorable adventure has style to spare.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. In the end, Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, is more than just a sum of its parts, but not much more.
  7. 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.
  8. 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]
  9. Unfortunately, though, the majority of Kenka Bancho's experience hinges on a combat system that feels incredibly sluggish, clunky, and outdated.
  10. 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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#20 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009

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