Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 12 out of 18
  1. Kengo: Legend of the Nine alternates between boring players and murdering them. There is some satisfaction to be gained from multiplayer matches, but there’s not really enough variety to make it worth the price of entry.
  2. A great deal of smoke with little flame, this game has the potential to be significantly better if perhaps more time was spent on developing some sort of plot…any plot really, rather than the endless wanderings and inevitable rival battles thrown at us.
  3. 40
    In case you haven't been paying attention for the past 1,000 or so words, you have to really like samurai to want to play this. And I mean really, really like samurai.
  4. 35
    Kengo's environment-based attacks, nine storylines, and Combat Mode simply aren't enough to recommend what amounts to a boring and repetitive gameplay experience.
  5. The game’s potential is held back by the game’s crippling controls, awful camera and lackluster game modes. Do yourself a favor and skip this game completely.
  6. You'd think it would be hard to mess up a samurai game, but developer Genki has managed to deliver a royal swordplay stinker with Kengo: Legend of the 9. [Dec 2007, p.76]
  7. Endlessly dim foes and equally dull swordplay undermine any samurai appeal. [Christmas 2007, p.76]
  8. This is what happens when games go bad... then worse... then are given to another developer to do a sequel in half the time and with a fourth of the budget. This one should have committed the ol' seppuku long ago.
  9. Subpar graphics, sound to match, clunky controls and near pointless battle combos are just a few of the problems plaguing this sorry excuse of an Xbox 360 game.
  10. Who knew that samurai swordfighting could ever be so dull and annoying?
  11. Blimey, it's been a while since we've played something so awful. It really makes you wonder how this got past quality control. [Issue 27, p.98]
  12. Bad games are sometimes described as “trash,” but even that doesn’t seem vile enough for this grievous affront. Kengo is a tall glass of garbage water – the viscous, beige fluid that collects at the bottom of trash bins...the refuse of waste.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. MikeC
    Jul 1, 2009
    I bought this game used for $13. It wasn't worth it. I'm generally pretty tolerant when it comes to games but the lack of horizontal camera view option made this game near unplayable. Who in their right mind decided "Hey, lets make you have to thumbstick left to turn the camera right! Then give them no option to change it!"

    I came >< close to playing frizbee with the disk but I decided returning it for a buck would be better. Then again, I'm not sure if my concience should allow me the possibility of unleashing this drivel game onto someone else.
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  2. JohnY
    Jan 25, 2009
    I thought it looked like dynasty warriors or warriors orochi. I WAS WRONG. This game is horrible. I bought it used (on a wim) for $17.99. I sold it back the next day for $3. I would've paid them $3 to take it off my hands. Biggest waste of money ever Full Review »
  3. BobJ
    Dec 5, 2007
    Geez Louis...i waste my money on this pice of CRAP?! And whats with the people giving it good scores? man....halo box haters....good game haters, and whats this? wow! crap lovers! seriously, if you were to see the reviews for Big Rigs or Escape From Bug Island, you'll get my meaning. And THAT"s why we have popular reviewing press that tells us what's crap, and what's not (even though some of them aren't very good at it). Full Review »