• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 2005
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  • Summary: Rengoku: The Tower of Purgatory is a third-person action game that places players in a dark and distant future. Modeled in a compelling blend of Eastern and Western sci-fi/fantasy, Rengoku puts gamers in the role of a well-armed battle android that must fight its way to the pinnacle of aRengoku: The Tower of Purgatory is a third-person action game that places players in a dark and distant future. Modeled in a compelling blend of Eastern and Western sci-fi/fantasy, Rengoku puts gamers in the role of a well-armed battle android that must fight its way to the pinnacle of a great tower to confront a mysterious foe. Rengoku also features immense replay value thanks to the PSP handheld system's wireless multiplayer technology. Gamers can trade equipment and items with other players or battle up to three other opponents in the multiplayer mode. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 30
  2. Negative: 17 out of 30
  1. Weekly Famitsu
    68
    7 / 6 / 7 / 7 - 27 [Dec 2004]
  2. With its minimalist aesthetic and focus on customization and combat at the expense of all else, Rengoku might leave a lot of curious PSP owners cold. But, for those gamers looking for something a little further afield than the latest racing or sports update, this niche experience is most definitely worth looking at.
  3. 60
    It asks philosophical questions, but it should have put that heavy thinking into the gameplay.
  4. This game is a pretty clear cut disappointment and there is really no other way to say it. It had the potential to be a sleeper hit, paving the way for action games on the PSP, but ultimately let down with an uninspired storyline and lackluster gameplay.
  5. Rengoku's clunky control system does well to convince you you're a steel-clad cyborg, but unfortunately this rigid feel doesn't lend itself to an enjoyable game. [JPN Import]
  6. games(TM)
    30
    With combat relying on clever use of items and plenty of RPG-esque searching and equipping, Rengoku does show some potential, but it’s far too little, and with so many better-quality titles already on the market, it’s definitely too late. [Mar 2006, p.116]
  7. 10
    That's it. You can customize your 'bot a little, but frankly we haven't had this much fun since we ran over a bee hive with a riding lawnmower.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. Jan 19, 2021
    10
    This game is not by any means a hidden gem. But it absolutely doesn't deserve such a low score. The stages do get repetetive but the gameplayThis game is not by any means a hidden gem. But it absolutely doesn't deserve such a low score. The stages do get repetetive but the gameplay is engaging. The story is very philosophical without being pretentious. And the cherry on top is the artstyle, I kept changing equipment just to see how it affects GRAM's body. The only thing it lacks is memorable soundtrack. The only tracks that stayed in my head for long are the intro cinematic and the corridor leading to the last boss. The game is short, you can finish it in a day or two, so give it a chance. Expand
  2. JonathanS.
    May 8, 2005
    10
    Compared to the crappy card based metal gear acid this game is great you can customize your person and i mean if you dont like this than getCompared to the crappy card based metal gear acid this game is great you can customize your person and i mean if you dont like this than get untold legends because either one is pretty decent. Expand
  3. BrandonS.
    May 31, 2005
    8
    I really liked how original this game was. And how the character is fully customizable. very good game.
  4. NintendoPSBox
    May 9, 2005
    5
    Not that bad.
  5. Alex
    Sep 12, 2005
    4
    eugh. Rengoku if fun for about 5 minutes, then it settles into a boring, corny, and downright redundant pattern. deaths are probably the most eugh. Rengoku if fun for about 5 minutes, then it settles into a boring, corny, and downright redundant pattern. deaths are probably the most annoying part of the game. you die, start at the VERY FIRST part of the game, and have to get your stuff back. there isn't an easy way to re-load a game other than to soft reset. the customization was a nice touch, but the amount of money you get per kill is nowhere NEAR enough to power-up appropriately. moving controls are OK at best, but combat is rediculously one sided and complicated. overall, it's barely worth the rent. Expand
  6. NickB.
    Sep 11, 2005
    4
    Graphics are not bad, but the gameplay is lacking and the character controls a bit like a corndog on a stick....not something I reccommend Graphics are not bad, but the gameplay is lacking and the character controls a bit like a corndog on a stick....not something I reccommend fighting off evil androids with, I might add. Eventually, the lack of story and pointlessness of the game set in and trade-in time arrives. Wait for a better sci-fi adventure to come along. Expand
  7. NateH.
    May 6, 2005
    1
    This is by far one of the worst games I have ever played EVER, and I played Final Fantesy X2.

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#31 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
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#19 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005