Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman (PlayStation)

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Most of the best qualities of Rising Zan are recycled from other great games. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Rising Zan pays homage to a lot of really good games. No doubt some reviewers will knock Zan for being so imitative, but the result is a genuinely enjoyable game that is, in its own way, unique.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The folks at Uep definitely had a blast programming this game, and you have to love their mixing of two cultures and film genres into one of the oddest games ever for the PS One. I'm actually hoping that this character doesn't fade away, as it would be nice to see a graphically superior sequel on a system that can fit his big ego and super-sexy heroics. Rising Zan is one of those games to pick up, play, and have a blast with while you wonder why most US developers can’t be as creative.
Thunderbolt Games
Rising Zan is definitely a flawed game, but by no means is it a bad one. There’s some control issues and the graphics are pretty bad, but the setting and mood of the game is what makes it shine. It’s so silly and entertaining that I suggest checking this game out, or at least downloading the theme song. Either way, you won't be disappointed.
Absolute Playstation
Rising Zan The Samurai Gunman has a good blend of comedy and action. The game never takes itself too seriously and I loved the fact that the character of Zan is almost a mockery to the whole "hero image" thing. With the exception of quirky player control and offensive techniques taking to long, the game was fun to play and very entertaining. So try Rising Zan and you too may be a Super Ultra Sexy Hero that brags incessantly and shows off for the ladies!
Player One
Intéressante sur le papier, cette curiosité aurait mérité un meilleur traitement technique dans la réalité. Restent un peu d'humour et quelques bonnes idées.
Known primarily as the progenitor of the snowboarding genre, developer and publisher UEP Systems has returned to the fray with a decidedly funky game called Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman. This offbeat title was originally released in Japan earlier this year, and Agetec bravely picked it up to unleash on the unsuspecting American public. More power to them, is the general consensus. In Rising Zan, the main character's name is Zan, and he's a gunman with a samurai sword (or is he a samurai with a gun?). Either way, it doesn't really matter - despite UEP System's good intentions, the game is a solid effort, but it ends up with mixed results.
G4 TV: The Electric Playground
I really wanted to like this game simply because it offered the chance to play with guns AND swords as a Super Ultra Sexy Hero. But, like my wife is always telling me, Ultra Super Sexy is just not enough these days. Rising Zan suffers from common, first-generation PSX game problems that didn’t really cut it 5 years ago and that certainly doesn’t cut it these days. Cool idea, bad implementation.
Mega Fun
Ausufernde Gewaltdarstellung ist noch lange kein Garant für ein Top-Spiel. Das Joypad-Dauerhämmern erinnert sehr an vergangene Decathlon-Tage. Die mäßige Grafik setzt dem Spektakel die Krone auf. Einzig der trashige Titelsong verschafft Rising Zan eine kleine Aufwertung, doch retten kann dieser auch nicht mehr viel. Johnny wird sicher kein “super-ultra-sexy Hero“, wie der Kultsong der Scheibe namens „No more Johnny“ schon verrät.