The Bouncer (PlayStation 2)

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Description

You play one of three bouncers of the bar Fate; Sion, Kou. Dominique, a young girl, bar mascot and friend of Sion has been kidnapped by Mikado Special Forces. You battle your way in an attempt to rescue Dominique.

Very much modeled on an interactive action film, you really do "Play the Movie". Mostly a straight action fighter game, there are a few RPG twists thrown in as you can learn new moves and increase your life, power and defense. Since the trio battles together you can choose which character to control at the beginning of each new battle.

Screenshots

The Bouncer PlayStation 2 After rescuing Dominique, it's time to forge a plan for getaway.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Playing the survival mode as Kaldea, one of the foes in story mode.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Dominique showing her true self.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Trying out the moves as Kou Leifoh (each character has unique set of moves and different fighting technique).

User Reviews

One of the biggest disappointments in the history of videogames! Matthew Bailey (1143) unrated
It isn't that bad David Power (2) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Mar 06, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
PSX Extreme Mar 06, 2001 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamer's Pulse Apr 19, 2001 88 out of 100 88
Gamezone (Germany) Apr 26, 2001 7.2 out of 10 72
IGN Mar 06, 2001 7 out of 10 70
PlanetPS2 Mar 14, 2001 68 out of 100 68
Jeuxvideo.com May 22, 2001 12 out of 20 60
All Game Guide 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Power Unlimited Jul, 2001 40 out of 100 40
PlayFrance Apr 12, 2003 3.5 out of 10 35

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Trivia

Development

In early release footage, the game was touted for intense fight scenes that revolved around remarkably interactive scenery. The result, as people know, was was off the mark and far from impressive. Supposedly, Square pushed Dream Factory (the developer) to wrap up the game as fast as possible, and the game reflects that. As a result, it seems that Dream Factory (which developed Ehrgeiz and the Tobal series for Square) has decided to stop creating games for Square.

Dolby Digital 5.1

This was the first PlayStation 2 game to feature Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

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