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Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PlayStation 2)

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Advertising Blurbs

uk.playstation.com:
    BAM! Entertainment brings Hong Kong cinema action, wirework and all, to the fore.

    Although there's not a bungee cord in sight, the essence of Bujingai Swordmaster is the
    depiction of martial arts and 'wirework' style fighting made famous in films like 'Crouching
    Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and 'House of Flying Daggers'. Gorgeous Hong Kong-style gameplay
    draws you into a rich adventure.

    Taking the best elements from its cinematic inspiration, Bujingai's central character Lau is a
    spell-casting, gravity-defying warrior. Under your guidance he will run, float and glide his
    way through fights in an attempt to rescue his friend, Rei Jenron, from demonic
    possession.

    With designs from the critically acclaimed team behind hit animations 'Cowboy Bebop' and
    'Trigun', Bujingai is a rich visual treat that ignites the imagination. Seamlessly portrayed via
    motion-captured character movements, there's a fluid look and feel to the action.

    • Stunning artwork and seamless, silky-smooth graphics


    • Non-linear skill and weapon upgrades allow personal customisation of Lau


    • Unlockable content includes new levels, techniques and video footage



    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Mar 27, 2008.

Press release (10th February 2005):

    BUJINGAI: SWORDMASTERS TO HIT RETAIL FEBRUARY 2005

    Platform – PlayStation 2
    Release Date – 18th February 2005
    Developer – Red Entertainment
    Publisher – Atari

    Inspired by Hong Kong cinema, Bujingai: Swordmasters brings martial arts fantasy to life in a high speed third person action adventure which tells the story of Lau Wong and Rei Jenron. Having spent their lives training to become legendary Swordmasters, they must both tend to the task of warding off demon invasions in a post apocalyptic Asian city. In a series of terrible events, Rei Jenron's wife is killed by demons, and when he uses a forbidden dark power to avenge her, he then turns into a Demon Master himself.

    The player takes on the role of spell-casting, gravity-defying warrior, Lau Wong. Lau must battle his way through an army of fiends to try and rescue his fellow warrior or face him in hat could be his last fight. Lau is able to fight multiple enemies while running, gliding, floating, and running on walls. To make the action even more authentic, all of the characters in Bujingai: Swordmasters have fluid motion capture movements that give them just as much personality as Lau.

    Game Features
    • Beautifully detailed graphics and fully interactive environments create an immersive atmosphere to draw the player into the action.


    • Super smooth action at 60 frames per second allowing for breathless fighting sequences.


    • Non Linear – skill and weapon upgrades will allow players to personalize the gameplay.


    • Designed by the critically acclaimed Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop) and Yousuke Kuroda (Trigun, Onegai Teacher)


    • Dozens of "unlockables", including new techniques and additional difficulty levels, new costumes, character profiles, models, video footage and more.
    Bujingai: Swordmasters for PlayStation 2 will be available across the UK on 18th February.

    Contributed by Sciere (245704) on Apr 21, 2006.

Press release (27th January 2004):

    BAM! ENTERTAINMENT® TO PUBLISH BUJINGAI™ FOR PLAYSTATION®2 IN NORTH AMERICA

    Creators of 'Cowboy Bebop™' and 'Trigun™' Assist in Design Work On This Unique Martial Arts Title

    San Jose, Calif. (January 27, 2004)
    - BAM! Entertainment (NASDAQ: BFUN) today announced that it will publish, under license from Japan-based Taito Corporation, Bujingai: The Forsaken City for the PlayStation 2. The North American release date is currently set for this May. Featuring design work from the creators of the Japanese animations "Cowboy Bebop" and "Trigun" and developed for Taito by Red Entertainment, Bujingai has received rave reviews since its release in the Asian market this past holiday. Bujingai: The Forsaken City has incorporated the best elements of Hong Kong cinema - swords, magic spells, demons, and wirework - to create a truly incredible gameplay experience.

    "We feel that BAM! is the ideal publisher to bring Bujingai to the U.S. market," said Hironori Ishii, General Manager of Overseas Releases. "BAM!'s knowledge of the North American market made them the right choice to get this great game in front of an even greater audience of PlayStation 2 fans. We are delighted that BAM! shares our enthusiasm for bringing this unique martial arts experience to gamers across North America."

    "We are very pleased and excited to have the opportunity to be working with Taito in bringing their product to North America," said Ray Musci, Chief Executive Officer of BAM! Entertainment. "It is obvious that the team at Red Entertainment has put its heart and soul into creating one of the most outstanding and unique martial arts games available on PlayStation 2. Bujingai has received strong editorial acclaim since its launch in Japan and we believe that this product will have equal appeal and reception in the U.S. market."

    Bujingai: The Forsaken City is a third person action-adventure title that brings martial arts fantasy to life. Inspired by classic Hong Kong cinema, the player takes on the role of a spell-casting, gravity-defying warrior named Lau. Set in post-apocalyptic Asia, Lau must battle his way through an army of fiends to rescue a fellow warrior who has been possessed by a demon. Lau is able to fight multiple enemies while running, gliding, floating, and running on walls. To make the action even more authentic, all of the characters in Bujingai: The Forsaken City have fluid motion capture movements that give them just as much personality as Lau.

    Bujingai: The Forsaken City has already received rave reviews from the gaming press. Gamespot.com writes "Taito, Red Entertainment, and some heavyweight anime producers are teaming up to create Bujingai." IGN.com says of Bujingai, "With its combo-heavy gameplay and wire-work-inspired stunts, Bujingai is Red's homage to Hong Kong action flicks." 1Up.com notes, "The smooth and pretty graphics rely on lots of motion-capture to get the animation right, resulting in a game that certainly dazzles when it comes to the visuals."

    Contributed by Sciere (245704) on Apr 21, 2006.