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The Bouncer (PlayStation 2)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.
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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.


The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Playing the survival mode as Kaldea, one of the foes in story mode.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Most of the times your friends will be fighting alongside you.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Loading screens between fights and cinematics randomly tell past events through dialogues.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Fighting Echidna and her squad of rent-a-cops.

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

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 Mar 13, 2001 7.3 out of 10 73 Aug 24, 2001 70 out of 100 70
IGN Mar 06, 2001 7 out of 10 70
PlanetPS2 Mar 14, 2001 68 out of 100 68 May 22, 2001 12 out of 20 60
Gaming Target Jun 26, 2001 5.5 out of 10 55 Apr 15, 2008 5 out of 10 50


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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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