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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 Your friends at work, assuming the game casted Sion as the main character.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 On a speeding train... sometimes I'm just unaware of the power I wield.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Your choices will ultimately determine the course of the game, hence making it have strong point on replaying.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Kick in the teeth sends a foe flying with a rebel yell.

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

The Press Says

PSX Extreme Mar 06, 2001 8.9 out of 10 89
GameZone Mar 13, 2001 7.3 out of 10 73
Gamezone (Germany) Apr 26, 2001 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Mar 02, 2001 6.7 out of 10 67
Gaming Target Jun 26, 2001 5.5 out of 10 55
Super Play Jun, 2001 5 out of 10 50
Power Unlimited Jul, 2001 40 out of 100 40
Gameplanet Jul 01, 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PlayFrance Apr 12, 2003 3.5 out of 10 35
Gamekult Feb 09, 2001 3 out of 10 30

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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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nullnullnull (1472) added The Bouncer (PlayStation 2) on Apr 14, 2001