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  • Summary: (Also known as "Kengo Zero") Kengo: Legend of the 9 sets players in feudal Japan on a mission to become the best samurai warrior in the land. The game features nine real samurai warriors: Musashi Miyamoto, Jubei Yagyu and Sanako Chiba, among others. Each has his/her own storyline, attack techniques and upgradeable attributes (health, stamina, attack power and defense). Four modes of play offer a range of gameplay options, including the storyline advancing Main Mode; Mission Mode which challenges players to complete 10 missions within a specific time frame; Combat Mode that features two-player, head-to-head battles; and Xbox Live Leaderboard where players compete for new equipment and the best ranking against other Xbox Live gamers by pitting AI profiles against each other. [Majesco] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 12 out of 18
  1. Kengo has the right idea, but fails miserably to deliver a solid experience, substituting game modes and substance with repetition.
  2. It isn't the best of games, but it does manage to put a handful of good ideas in one package -- even if it wasn't done as well as it could've been.
  3. All in all, gamers can tie a lot of time up into Kengo: Legend of the 9, but so little of it is of any appreciable quality.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. ninjawarrior
    Sep 18, 2007
    8
    IGN is wrong... This game is tight and delivers the fun of the original Bishindo Blade... Then again the reviewer probably wasn't even born yet when the original B.B. was in the stores... Great game if you like fighters... At least you not on a small stage like many fighters. Expand
  2. MikeC
    Jul 1, 2009
    3
    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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  3. JoeZ.
    Oct 8, 2007
    2
    Alright I bought this game the day it came out after watching the Preview on XBOX LIVE. I was sorely disappointed I promised myself that I would NEVER trade in a game for my 360... well I traded this one in. Its very hard to get into and after awhile it get boring REALLY boring. I remember bushido blade. Thats what I thought this game was gonna be like it. It isnt. I suggest just buying a PS1 and BB1&2 if thats the game you want because both of the BB titles CRUSH this game. It is def not a game to buy. Expand
  4. Noir
    Oct 18, 2007
    1
    I should never have rented this. The colorful cover was a clever marketing ploy. The game mechanics are dreadful. From the start, I should have known this was a poor execution at samurai fighting when they couldn't even make random-looking enemies. This could have been so much better. They could have used the thumbsticks to mimic actual fencing. Instead, it turns into stupid, repetitive button mashing. Also, get the main menu right! Why do we have to restart the game every time we change an option? And why only give us 3 unlocked characters to start with? Why can't we customize our own samurai? This game plays like a graduate thesis for game developer school. Skip it. Not even worth a rental. Expand
  5. BobJ
    Dec 5, 2007
    0
    Geez Louis...i waste my money on this pice of CRAP?! And whats with the people giving it good scores? man....halo haters....orange 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). Expand
  6. JohnY
    Jan 25, 2009
    0
    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 Expand