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Fans of River City Ransom on the NES and brawlers as a whole will love this version. The graphics are improved, and much of the gameplay is revamped for the better. In the category of GBA brawlers, I only hold Atlus' other beat-'em-up port, Double Dragon, in higher regard. I could've done without the abstract annoyances, but River City Ransom EX is still a highly satisfying experience, and is definitely better than a sharp stick in the eye. Playing it once will have you hooked.
All Game Guide
If you missed River City Ransom for the NES, and you enjoy arcade-style beat 'em ups such as Streets of Rage, Double Dragon, or Bad Dudes, you owe it to yourself to give River City Ransom EX a try. It's definitely one of the best, and most unique, fighters to be offered on the GBA.
Game Informer Magazine
Those who didn't grow up with this title may not be quite as charmed with it as old fans, but many of them will still enjoy it. The RPG-infused brawling may seem a little thin today, meaning River City Ransom will probably become a cult classic for the second time.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The lack of any real 2-player action will most likely be a huge downer for a large group of people. Whether or not you can accept this major change will likely decide on how much enjoyment you'll get out of the cart. If it's not too big of problem, you'll find the same amount of enjoyment here that you did back when you first discovered the game. Very little has been changed in the gameplay area. If by some chance you've never been given the opportunity to play through the original, this is a great way to start.
Game Informer Magazine
All nostalgia aside, this is a fun, if fairly repetitive beat 'em up that will likely seem a bit dated to younger fans.
However, prospective buyers should be forewarned that the absence of the original’s co-op mode is a significant blow against the replay-ability of this title, and the relative shortness of the overall game. Still, good classic fun, and a decent booster shot to the old gamers who pine for the games of yesteryear.
Your personal take on River City Ransom EX depends largely on your feelings about the original game. The updates made to the game don't really enhance the game very much at all, and, in some cases, they get in the way of the action. The lack of two-player gameplay takes a lot of wind out of this remake's sails, too. If you can get around all of this stuff, EX is essentially the same game that came out in 1989, but at this point, if you aren't someone who feels incredibly strongly about the original game, picking up and playing River City Ransom EX might just leave you wondering what all the fuss was about in the first place.
Apesar dos pesares, o potencial do jogo ainda é enorme. Ele oferece MUITA diversão para quem ignorar seus terríveis problemas técnicos e uma certa dificuldade de compreender sua profundidade nos primeiros minutos. A aventura dura cerca de duas horas, mas o jogo pode ser repetido centenas de vezes sem perder a graça, exatamente como o original. "River City Ransom EX" é uma boa aposta para saudosistas, mas, sem os olhos de quem já conhece as qualidades da série, a diversão pode acabar em desapontando.
I have been salivating over this game for a year and waiting with anticipation for it to bring me back to the goodness of the original. Instead I’m left feeling hollow, bitter and betrayed. But in the end, it’s not a bad game we are left with, but a fair one. However compared to the classic original game, I can’t help but feel cold to this remake and want to go blow in my old NES and stick in the cart, even if it does involve having to use a password.
The small references to gangs and the light violence are all I can see that is not kid friendly. Everything else in this game is so cartoony. Even the violence is silly, and there's no blood. However, the GBA River City Ransom looks like it was made strictly for fans of the original NES game, which would be before any of today's kids were born. The nostalgia factor would be lost on them. Kids may like the wacky yet repetitive gameplay, and older gamers may appreciate the RPG elements. But expect arguments when their save files get all mixed up. And don't forget, "BARF!"