Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 38
  2. Negative: 7 out of 38
  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.
  2. Dec 19, 2010
    85
    Although it could have done with more playable characters (where's my Juda!?), there is a huge amount of content, with story modes for each of the game's eight warriors taking several hours apiece to beat.
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    83
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is a really good example of what games based of an anime/manga should play like.
  4. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    A great game for every Hokuto no Ken fan, mixing a classical beat'em'up gameplay to the typical Dynasty Warriors mechanics.
  5. 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.
  6. Dec 20, 2010
    76
    If you come into this game expecting a revolutionary single player experience, you won't find it. However, if you enjoyed the shows and want a game that follows it faithfully, definitely pick this one up.
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    75
    Ken's Rage is a decent deviation for Koei and has captured the essence of the Fist of the North Star anime and therefore succeeds on that front. However, as an action game the same problems from the Dynasty Warriors games make their presence well felt here as well which ultimately let the game down.
  8. 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.
  9. Dec 20, 2010
    72
    It just feels like this game could have been renamed Dynasty Warriors: Fist of the North Star. If you like that style of gameplay, then you may enjoy this game. Otherwise it's not worth your time, even for fans of the series.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Dec 20, 2010
    65
    Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage suffers from being too much and not enough like Dynasty Warriors.
  13. 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.
  14. Dec 20, 2010
    62
    In all, way better than expected. [Issue#232, p.94]
  15. Jan 12, 2011
    60
    Ken's Wrath has some good ideas and offers us a glimpse of what a Hokuto no Ken's game could be. But this is not that game, as it's repetitive, with many visual issues and an important lack of personality. It feels more of the same with the Warriors series, and it's dissapointing and several levels.
  16. 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.
  17. Jan 4, 2011
    60
    Intense battles for any fan of the anime or manga. Don't expect any more.
  18. Jan 2, 2011
    60
    Fans of the original manga will love it, but this is a game that doesn't offer anything for the rest of us.
  19. 60
    A distinctly Japanese take on an irrevocably inscrutable cultural milestone, grab it from your nearest bargain bin for those sniggersome one-liners alone. [Issue#67, p.101]
  20. 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.
  21. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    As a Fist of the North Star game, Ken's Rage is disappointingly generic in its execution.
  22. Dec 19, 2010
    60
    Unfortunately, non-fans of the North Star will find very little in this waste-land of below average gameplay mechanics.
  23. Dec 19, 2010
    60
    If you have any love for the manga, feel free to add the final scar to the tally. For everyone else, this is just an old-school brawler that's partial to shouting ATATATATATATA. Because you're already dead.
  24. An acquired taste, and horribly aged, but the ultra camp bloodletting isn't especially poor. [Issue#98, p99]
  25. 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.
  26. Dec 19, 2010
    55
    If you're one of the two people who couldn't wait for Fist of the North Star to get its own game on next-gen consoles, your time has finally come. Everyone else will find a mediocre brawler, hidden under a coat of post-apocalyptic paint.
  27. Dec 20, 2010
    54
    For me the controls were the biggest disappointment I experienced.
  28. 50
    Primitive graphics and terrible story telling make us more full of rage then Ken.
  29. Dec 20, 2010
    50
    Other playable modes offer a little variety to Legend Mode, such as Dream Mode, which opens up a story not seen in the manga for rabid fans to devour, and Challenge Mode featuring endless waves of enemies to slaughter again and again, but unless you're that devoted fan with every single episode of the anime series and every volume of the manga, there just isn't enough here to recommend.
  30. Dec 19, 2010
    50
    There are different stories to play through and plenty to unlock, but it's nothing special.
  31. Dec 19, 2010
    50
    It is unfortunate that the game cannot match the quality of the anime.
  32. 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.
  33. 40
    A traditional beat 'em up that runs out of steam after about an hour. From that point on, everything is just a rehash of what has gone before. The environments are bland, the enemies lack variety, and in generel it feels like the details haven't been paid enough attention. The Japanese hairdo's are cool though.
  34. Dec 19, 2010
    40
    Something like Fist of the North Star deserved something better than just a blatant copy/paste job. Ultimately, all the buckets of blood in the world fail to hide this is the same thing players have grown disenchanted with a generation ago.
  35. Dec 19, 2010
    40
    Look: This is a game about punching perplexed paper dolls until they explode with blood, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. But it is so very much about that -- and only that -- that, unless you're in love, it's far safer on this side of the looking glass.
  36. 40
    These folks add a considerable amount of content to a game in desperate need of variety, but their fighting styles and special moves aren't enough to make this rigid, repetitive actioner worth enduring. [Jan 2011, p.78]
  37. Dec 20, 2010
    37
    Everything here feels too generic. Maps and characters, other than the primary ones, all look the same, combat is dull and repetitive and it feels like it was designed for a much earlier console.
  38. Dec 19, 2010
    25
    No matter who's onscreen, Ken's Rage is clunky, lacks variety, and on the whole feels incredibly dated.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 5, 2010
    8
    If you ever watched the Fist of the North Star anime or enjoyed any of the games from Koei's "Warriors" series, you'll enjoy this title. Unlike many adaptations of animes, mangas, etc. this game follows the FotNS canon quite well. The gameplay is simplistic, but fits the type of action seen in the show. There is a LOT of playtime available in this title as each character from the original manga/anime has their own story mode and "dream mode". If you come into this game expecting a revolutionary single player experience, you won't find it. However, if you enjoyed the show and want a game that follows it faithfully, definitely pick this one up. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    9
    This is a wonderful trip down anime/manga memory lane. It's got that great Mad Max-meets-Bruce Lee vibe with wildly over-the-top guitar riffs and ultra-violence for newcomers to enjoy, while paying great homage to the elements that made Fist of the North Star an iconic anime. While lacking some of the polish over-budgeted "AAA" titles enjoy, this scrappy brawler looks great, all things considered. Characters are varied enough, so that anyone will be sure to have their favorites, with plenty of customization options available. Loading screens may seem lengthy, but the levels proceed with little to no interruption. Give this a shot if you're into under-the-radar gems, and like to support the underdog. Full Review »
  3. Feb 5, 2013
    8
    Ok, this is a really weird thing, really: the first time I run this game on my x-box, I was surprised by the crappyness of the environment, and the technically very poor development of the game. Tons of enemies completely equal to each other, invisible walls, bare environment, quick time events when facing the final moves versus the bosses, poor story telling, unpleasant skill trees. But then, when I manged to enter the game I discovered very well described story characters, interesting duels and mass slaughter of the enemies. The possibility to play many of the main characters, such as Rey, Souther, Raoh, Toki, brought back my interest towards Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage. The combat moves are well implemented even if not easy to use at the beginning, and the more you go on with the varios branches of the story through the gameplay with the different characters, the more you unlock special abilities that bring you back to the epic battles every fan of Kenshiro knows very well. Personally the most fun char to play is Rey, cutting the enemies in to chunks with his spectacular Nanto combat style. Pity that the story reaches only the defeat of Raoh.
    This game, even if is very poorly developed in many aspects, is really fun to play. It is a real must for the fans of Kenshiro's manga and anime series!
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