• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2005
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  • Summary: In Urban Reign, players assume the role of a gritty street brawler who has been hired by one of the city’s dominant gangs to protect its leader. Players are thrown into a full-blown turf war, involving gang corruption and street justice that spans from the neighborhood block all the way toIn Urban Reign, players assume the role of a gritty street brawler who has been hired by one of the city’s dominant gangs to protect its leader. Players are thrown into a full-blown turf war, involving gang corruption and street justice that spans from the neighborhood block all the way to the upper levels of city government. Urban Reign offers players non-stop, inner-city brawling action with no time restrictions or referees. Back alleys, junkyards and bars serve as battlegrounds for more than 60 different fighters, all of which boast their own unique set of fighting styles including boxing, wrestling and street fighting. Players can select from over 30 weapons – including bottles, bats and 2x4's – to be used in the destructible arenas to add to the mayhem. Focusing on the urban-brawler style of street fighting, players can team up with an AI-controlled character to pull off a host of devastating and destructive combo maneuvers against multiple enemies throughout the game’s 100 missions. Urban Reign also supports multi-tap play for up to four players to determine who really rules the hood. [Namco] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 44
  2. Negative: 10 out of 44
  1. There isn't a plot to speak of, nor any gameplay elements beyond the fighting. But the fighting really is exceptionally fun for novices and experts, which makes this game extremely successful on its own terms.
  2. A solid beat-'em-up. It's unbalanced and frustrating at times but, when the combat is flowing freely, Urban Reign is hard to beat. [PSM2]
  3. Namco's brawler does thrill, but misses out on the crucial online play and a decent story.
  4. Those looking for a no-nonsense beat-em-up could find some enjoyment with the fluid combat system and frantic nature of the game, however Urban Reign makes very little attempt to bring the genre back to life - everybody else should check out Rockstar Games superior adaptation of The Warriors.
  5. The barely tolerable story mode does little to cover up the fact that Urban Reign is little more than pummeling goons in the face for three hours, and then bam, you're done.
  6. Urban Reign’s audio is purely average. You could play the entire game on mute and not miss a thing. The voice acting ranges from decent to poor, and the weak plot and script don’t help matters much.
  7. Aside from its superior presentation, about the only really good thing that can be said for Urban Reign is that it is not available to offend on more than one console. That’s right PS2 owners, you can be proud you took the bullet for all gamerdom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Oct 12, 2015
    10
    Best fighting game I ever played in my life and I played a lot. Such beautiful, intuitive mechanics, balanced characters strenghts andBest fighting game I ever played in my life and I played a lot. Such beautiful, intuitive mechanics, balanced characters strenghts and endurances, not like in other games where a big guy's punch has the same power as some girl and they can take the same amount of beating. This is so underrated that it makes me mad, no word of a sequel or a remake, such a shame. I spent countless days playing this in multiplayer with my friends and it's very addictive and fun. I'd score it 20 if it was possible. Expand
  2. ReyA
    Jul 30, 2009
    10
    I don't understand why the critics complained about this one. The gameplay mechanics were fun and the characters were cool looking I don't understand why the critics complained about this one. The gameplay mechanics were fun and the characters were cool looking people. Even the voiceovers for the characters were good. Ok, so there's not much of a story for single player mode, but most people buy these types of games for the multiplayer mode anyway. The best part is, you can use a multitap and play 1-4 players. Anyway, this one belongs on my shelf right next to Soul Calibur 3 and IV. Enough said. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2019
    10
    This is an amazing fighting game! it provides so many challenging fights, perfect for novice players. I don’t understand why critics areThis is an amazing fighting game! it provides so many challenging fights, perfect for novice players. I don’t understand why critics are complaining about the story, with game-play as good as this, who cares. The game does exactly what a fighting game needs to do, provide great game-play with challenging characters and many different fighting styles. The designs of the playable characters and even the npc’s really distinguishes them from one another. This is one of my favorite games from the ps2 era, I hope to see a new Urban Reign game someday. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Sep 15, 2005
    9
    I think this game is a really fun beat-em up. but it lacks story and it gets repetitive.
  5. Mike
    Sep 16, 2005
    9
    I don't know what the reviewers are smoking, but this is an awesome game. It's a BEATEM UP. Who cares about the damn story? And I don't know what the reviewers are smoking, but this is an awesome game. It's a BEATEM UP. Who cares about the damn story? And they complain that it get repetative. Well, what more do you expect to do in a beatem up than fight people. The fighting mechanics are solid, varied, and awesome. It's more like playing a full feldged fighting game than a beatem up, and even more so in VS mode. The game mechanics really do stand on their own without the need to add things like free roaming and customization, although you do get to upgrade your guy's abilities in Story mode. Expand
  6. IsaacM.
    Nov 18, 2007
    8
    Great fun playing Multiplayer especially Team Battles!! I've had this game for nearly a year now and love to play something a bit Great fun playing Multiplayer especially Team Battles!! I've had this game for nearly a year now and love to play something a bit different from games like Tekken (button masher) or Mortal Kombat (too complicated) its unpretentious it doesn't pretend to be anything other than a simple straight forward Beat-em-up and it has terrific fighting mechanics which are surprisingly deep and some really vicious hitting (think barbed wire baseball bat to the gut - nice) Single player is nothing special though which is really the only let down on this game for me but how many people out there buy Beat-em-ups for the single player mode? I certainly don't. I hope they make a sequel on PS3. For all of those out there tired of WWE games or just looking for something a little fresh and fun buy this! Expand
  7. Aug 13, 2019
    3
    I'm going to assume this as an attempt at making something like a Golden Axe or Double Dragon, I don't think it worked out too well for them.I'm going to assume this as an attempt at making something like a Golden Axe or Double Dragon, I don't think it worked out too well for them. There is no point to the game story-wise. Battles, while you can use the environment for some unique things, are ultimately repetitive and boring after an hour or two. This game is a one trick pony that isn't even that good at it's trick, and is missing a leg. Expand

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#93 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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#16 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005