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December 8, 2005
The Warriors - Review
Release Date Distributor Developer Players Rating Difficulty
28/10/2005Take TwoRockstar Toronto1-2MA15+Medium
Save Size Sound Format Vibration 60Hz Mode 50Hz Border Widescreen
90KBDolby PLIIYesNoNoneYes

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Hiding from the other gang.
The Warriors was released in 1979 and was one of the most violent films of its time. After recently picking up the 25th anniversary DVD it is quite tame by todayís standards but the film still stands up pretty well. This is mainly because of the gritty storyline and interesting characters. The movie is all about gang fighting in New York, but not with guns it is all old school street fighting action here. The setting is pretty much perfect for a violent video game, and that is what Rockstar have been mastering for the past few years so it seems like a match made in heaven. Rockstar have actually owned the rights to The Warriors for over three years but have taken their time to make a great game that does the film justice (unlike 99% of other companies that just rush a title out to coincide with a movies release regardless of the quality). In fact, The Warriors is the game that the Rockstar Toronto team has always wanted to make. So was the three plus years hard work worth it? Well, basically, yes and here is why.

The story to The Warriors is one of the games strongest points as it not only follows parts of the movie but expands on them to add a back story to the film. The Warriors are a gang, and are off to a gang meeting in New York called by most powerful crime boss in the big apple, Cyrus. 9 members from all of New Yorkís gangs are invited on the condition of no weapons or trouble. Cyrus stands in front of all the gangs and gives a speech on how all the gangs can join forces and rule the streets together. All goes well until someone shoots him after which The Warriors get the blame for the murder and now have 60,000 gang members chasing them back to their home on Coney Island. The murder of Cyrus is one of the first things to happen in the film but you donít reach that point in the game until well over half way. Instead Rockstar take us back a few months to see how The Warriors came to be one of the toughest gangs around and introduces us to each of the nine warriors (Cleon the warriorís leader, Swan, Rembrandt, Snow, Ajax, Vermin, Fox, Cochise and Cowboy) and how they joined the gang. It is a master stroke on their behalf as it really makes the game much more enjoyable than merely following the same ground as the film.

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Hanging with The Warriors.
The Warriors plays like most third person beat em ups only much better. The fighting in this game is fantastic with a large range of moves at your disposal. The face buttons can be used for light and heavy attacks, grabs and throws. If one of your fellow warriors has an enemy held you can team up for a brutal double team move. You can wrestle your opponent to the ground and continue the beating or you can squirt spray paint in there eyes. You are rarely alone in the game as your fellow warriors are usually fighting right along side of you. This is cool because by holding down the R2 button and moving the right analogue stick you can issue commands to your team. You can select Wreck Ďem all which sends the warriors of looking for weapons or enemies, Mayhem which causes your team to destroy everything in site, letís go which makes them follow you, Scatter which makes your team split up when being chased by the police, Watch my back makes the warriors defend where you are standing and Hold up which makes the warriors stop. These group commands really add to the game as it provides a bit of strategy that is often lacking in fighting games.

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This is a brutal game!
Oh yeah I mentioned spray cans before, in the game you donít just beat people down to make your mark you also leave behind your tag. When you see an enemies tag around the place you hit the triangle button then trace an on screen W pattern using the left analogue stick, which sprays the warriors sign over the top of it. There are three other mini games like this and both of them help you gain cash to buy more spray paint and a ďhealthĒ pick up called flash. The first is by mugging people, first you find your target and hit the circle button to grab them, you then press triangle to start the mugging process. Then two bars appear, you must rotate the left stick until you get a vibration and when you do you hold it to make them hand over there cash if they get there bar full first they will get away and try and call for help. The second is breaking and entering; you find a place you want to rob then you must pick the lock. Once you start picking the lock three circles will spin and you must hit the x button at the right time to pick the lock and not set of an alarm. Once successful you steal everything in site. The third and final means of cash is by stealing car radios; you smash a car window then by rotating the left stick you yank out the radio. The Warriors also has stealth elements; you must hide in shadows to avoid both police and enemies. You can throw items at walls to distract enemies or attract them. In all The Warriors has a lot more variety than most fighting games.

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Characters get physical damage.
Just when you thought The Warriors couldnít get any better it does. Not only is the game a blast to play it can also be played with a friend in co op mode. This is a really cool mode and will provide you and a mate a lot of fun indeed.

It is actually quite hard to pick any holes in The Warriors. The only few slight gripes I have are with the camera, as it sometimes lags behind the action or gives you an awkward angle so you canít see your enemies. The only other thing is the game can get a touch repetitive at times, which is pretty hard to avoid in these types of games anyway.

The graphics in this game are absolutely great. The characters look superb, almost straight out of the film. The gritty streets of New York are also represented very nicely as well. One of the real visual highlights though is the cut scenes which use the in game graphics engine. They look great and prove you donít always need fancy FMVís to make a cut scene look great.

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Got him in a choke hold.
The audio in The Warriors is also fantastic. The voice acting is some of the best I have ever heard. Some of the films actors have returned and those that havenít have been replaced quite nicely. The music from the film is also the soundtrack for the game and it sounds great. Overall the sounds match the visuals and action perfectly.

Overall I canít think of too many more positive things to say about the game, other than the fact that it is great fun to play. Rockstar Toronto has really embarrassed other companies that like to cash in on film licenses with lazy development. Rockstar are really on a roll with their games and The Warriors is easily as good as anything else they have made. If you like fighting games or great games in general this is a must have.

Review By: Graham Darko

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GRAPHICSSuperb graphics right throughout this game. The characters and environments are superb. As are the in game cut scenes.
SOUNDThe voice acting is as good as you will find. While the soundtrack is absolutely fantastic and faithful to the movie.
GAMEPLAYA good old fashioned brawler that plays very well indeed.
VALUE12+ hours to finish the game, but there is plenty more to see and do including some bonus modes to make this game good value.
OVERALLRockstar have shown all companies how to do a movie game right. This game expands on the movie and is fantastic entertainment.

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