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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 Loading screens between fights and cinematics randomly tell past events through dialogues.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Playing the survival mode as Kaldea, one of the foes in story mode.
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 What a man won't do for a woman he loves, huh?
The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Your choices will ultimately determine the course of the game, hence making it have strong point on replaying.

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The Bouncer Screenshot

User Reviews

One of the biggest disappointments in the history of videogames! Matthew Bailey (1136) unrated
It isn't that bad David Power (2) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamereactor (Denmark) Jul 10, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Gamer's Pulse Apr 19, 2001 88 out of 100 88
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic Apr 15, 2014 B 75
GameSpot Mar 02, 2001 6.7 out of 10 67
Gaming Target Jun 26, 2001 5.5 out of 10 55
Power Unlimited Jul, 2001 40 out of 100 40
Gameplanet Jul 01, 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PSM Mar, 2001 4 out of 10 40
Thunderbolt Games Nov 06, 2008 2 out of 10 20


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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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nullnullnull (1471) added The Bouncer (PlayStation 2) on Apr 14, 2001