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  • Summary: A typical evening at a local bar erupts into chaos as members of a Special Forces strike team descend through the roof to kidnap a young girl, Dominique. Three bouncers--Sion, Volt, and Kou--come to the rescue, only to see the invaders grab Dominique, retreat through a window, and escape.A typical evening at a local bar erupts into chaos as members of a Special Forces strike team descend through the roof to kidnap a young girl, Dominique. Three bouncers--Sion, Volt, and Kou--come to the rescue, only to see the invaders grab Dominique, retreat through a window, and escape. Now it's up to you to save Dominique either alone or simultaneously with three friends. With The Bouncer's 3D combat environment, battles can take place anywhere. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 90
    Brings more than just fierce punches and kicks -- it features an engaging story and plenty of gameplay modes that offer a high replay value. Hands down, this is one of the best PS2 games.
  2. Likely to elicit plenty of "Oooohs!" and "Ahhhhs!" from your friends, The Bouncer simply doesn't have enough substance to satisfy diehard gamers.
  3. It is lacking mostly in the game play department, which frankly, isn't very exciting. It presents little variability and this allows it to get old fairly quick.
  4. 68
    It is one of the sharpest looking PS2 games out right now, but the lack of actual gaming content leaves it with an overall mediocre feel.
  5. Quite possibly the prettiest game I’ve ever seen...But presentation isn’t really the problem here. It’s the gameplay.
  6. Daily Radar
    50
    The Bouncer is here and it's not any good. We know how much that hurts, but it's time to move on. The game is less than three hours long -- less than 30 minutes if you skip the movies -- and what's there isn't fun.
  7. One hell of a disappointment and one of the worst experiences I've ever had to endure on my shiny DVD-playing black box.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. RyanM.
    Apr 28, 2003
    10
    I love this game. I just recently got it, and wow this game is great. There are times when the game seems to easy, and by all means this game I love this game. I just recently got it, and wow this game is great. There are times when the game seems to easy, and by all means this game is far from long. Even if you do play it with all the different characters the story stays basically the same. But overall, I can't find anything wrong with this game. Once again, Squaresoft never lets me down. Expand
  2. SionB.
    Nov 19, 2004
    10
    This Is A Great Game. Good Graphics Great Characters And Great Way Of Puting There Fighting Skills.
  3. Apr 30, 2016
    10
    This is one of the greats! A game you can blaze through, Play the action movie as it were. But the fighting is unlike anything else.
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    This is one of the greats! A game you can blaze through, Play the action movie as it were. But the fighting is unlike anything else.
    Grab this game play through it I am sure you'll have a blast.
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  4. Sep 16, 2019
    8
    This game is a game that is a hell of a lot of fun! The Bouncer rides the line between a beat-em-up and a character action game with it'sThis game is a game that is a hell of a lot of fun! The Bouncer rides the line between a beat-em-up and a character action game with it's upgrade system and core beat-em-up style combat. The game is short, but I don't see that as any sort of detraction from the game itself, most beat-em-up games are pretty short. One great thing this game does very right is the hit detection and being able to knock enemies into other enemies for crowd control and strategic advantage; many games, regardless of genre do not do that even today.

    However, there are some things that keep this game from ascending from a solid game to master class. The first is honestly pretty subjective, but I simply do not like the character design of the protagonists. The main character Sion looks like the singer of Blood on the Dance Floor. My other gripe is rooted more in game play mechanics rather than opinions on aesthetics. While the hit detection and core combat are well done, the mechanics that would put this over the top simpy do not exist. There are no environmental hazards, none of the levels have any interactivity and there isn't much in the way of custom combos, even when you have a full upgraded and completed move list. Your only hazards to use strategically are other enemies, so there are no wall combos, no hitting a foe into a table to extend a combo or increase damage output. This would have added so much to an already great game and made it super duper mega excellent. Even without these things, the game is still a blast to play, and is deserving of a chance from people who are looking for a seriously fun beat-em-up style game!
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  5. Will
    Aug 14, 2001
    7
    Great presentation and graphics, but not much in the way of gameplay. It's a nice showpiece.
  6. Hades
    Mar 6, 2003
    6
    Hmm...half assed sums it up rather nicely i suppose... Let me explain why i think so though: So after waiting to play the bouncer for quite Hmm...half assed sums it up rather nicely i suppose... Let me explain why i think so though: So after waiting to play the bouncer for quite awhile i finally found it somewhere available for 10$ so i figured what the heck why not pick it up. Sadly, the game didn't impress me much. Sure the graphics are good, not fantastic, but good. The music and voice acting is also well done (well...the voice acting is ~okay~) and sound effects match whats going on on screen. But the areas where the game really dissapoints are length, replay value, and gameplay. The game only took, at most, 5 hours through the first time. Sure you can play through as the other 2 alternate characters but the stories arent all that different. There's also a 4 player mode but the fighting engine is kind of wack anyway so i dont think youll have much fun with it. Overall, The Bouncer could have been great with a better storyline, MUCH longer game, and a better fighting engine, but without those it has to settle for simply being mediocre. Pass this one. Expand
  7. Ray
    Feb 4, 2008
    0
    This game is a total piece of crap. SquareSoft fanboy reviews here are total lies. Hey morons, just because it is from Japan doesn't This game is a total piece of crap. SquareSoft fanboy reviews here are total lies. Hey morons, just because it is from Japan doesn't mean you have to give it a 10, especially when 90% of the game is watching crappy anime. Go rent a movie. Expand

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#39 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#21 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001