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Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman (PlayStation)

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In the pioneering days of America, Young Johnny was a sheriff, a boy who had grown up in the West with dreams of being a cowboy and bringing law and order to his town. Until one day, he met something and someone who he couldn't beat. A group of ninja assassins, the Jackal Organization, were harassing the town and Johnny brave as he was, got shot down. Johnny though, he didn't die... he refused to die... and sought the help of his father's friend Suzuki, who was a master of the legendary Zipang arts...

Johnny went away then... to learn the skills that would help him win and train hard to beat his opponents. It was long. It was hard... but Johnny's back now to save the town and defeat the ninja clan... no wait, he's Johnny No More... now he calls himself Zan... The Super-Ultra-Sexy-Hero Zan!

Rising Zan is a 3rd person action game with plenty of oddball humor and interesting situations. Zan, the main character wields the weapons of both of his trades... the Sword of a Samurai master, and the six-shooter pistol of an American cowboy. He'll need a variety of techniques to defeat the Jackal Clan and avenge his own lost battle. Zan proceeds through enemies and challenges in each level to eventually reach the boss who he then battles in some form of specialized combat or pattern. Once the boss is defeated, Zan gets the chance to unleash as much punishment on his foe in 30 seconds as he can; higher damage values will change the finishing move he uses to slay his foe.


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Video Games May, 1998 4 out of 4 100
IGN Oct 21, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Thunderbolt Games Aug 11, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Playstation Dec, 1999 79 out of 100 79
Video Games Nov, 1999 78 out of 100 78
Player One Dec, 1999 65 out of 100 65
GameSpot Jun 21, 1999 6.5 out of 10 65
G4 TV: The Electric Playground Nov 28, 1999 5 out of 10 50
Mega Fun Dec, 1999 41 out of 100 41


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The game features an introduction movie ballad called "Johnny No More" that describes the story so far to a catchy Western Tune.
WildKard (12129) added Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman (PlayStation) on Oct 02, 2003