The Warriors (PlayStation 2)

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Rockstar took a big risk in making a game based on a 25 year old movie that is best known for having cult status, but once again they defy belief. By turning a 93 minute long film into a long gaming experience, The Warriors not only comes out as one of the biggest surprises of the year, but also one of the best fighters we have seen in a long time, maybe going back to the SNES days.
As was mentioned in the introduction, the sheer brutality of The Warriors means it's only a matter of time before it falls under the radar of some opportunistic type or another, and that'll probably mean yet another store-shelf pulling endeavor and lots of column inches about protecting the children. Not only does that ignore the evidence that the vast majority of gamers are adults who should (in theory) be totally capable of dealing with the subject matter at hand, it'll also mean that gamers won't be able to enjoy one of this year's best games titles. The question shouldn't be "Can you dig it?" but "Why ain't you digging it yet?"
As was mentioned in the introduction, the sheer brutality of The Warriors means it's only a matter of time before it falls under the radar of some opportunistic type or another, and that'll probably mean yet another store-shelf pulling endeavor and lots of column inches about protecting the children. Not only does that ignore the evidence that the vast majority of gamers are adults who should (in theory) be totally capable of dealing with the subject matter at hand, it'll also mean that gamers won't be able to enjoy one of this year's best games titles. The question shouldn't be "Can you dig it?" but "Why ain't you digging it yet?"
Yahoo! Games
This is the brawler we have been waiting for, and your enjoyment of the licensed property won't affect your ability to enjoy it. Without the license, it's still a one-of-a-kind fighting game that captures the essence of gang life from times past: the comradery, the loyalty, and the felonious activities. As a property, it's treated with care and respect, bringing forth many new things that fit seamlessly into the core material. It's got all that and a gang with face paint and baseball uniforms. How can you resist?
The Warriors is a brawler at heart, with some really deep fighting mechanics. Throughout the game you will play as each of the nine Warriors from the film, each of which has their own special traits and fighting styles. For example, Rembrandt is the freshest Warrior, and what he lacks in experience and brawling ability he makes up in “burning” (or graffiti tagging). Ajax, on the other hand, is an all out brawler, skilled in taking down large groups of foes and so on. The fighting is pretty easy to learn, but features a lot of complex moves, like grapples and holds coupled with a combo system. The environments are also destructible, meaning that you can procure items like wooden planks and pipes in order to beat down your enemies.
GamePro (US)
It's been a long time since classic games like Streets of Rage, and even longer since the seminal cult classic film on which The Warriors is based, so it's all the more uplifting to play such a beautifully fleshed-out vehicle of mayhem.
Thankfully, although the game certainly shares a lot with the movie, it doesn't just rehash the film's events. Instead, the action kicks off about three months before Cyrus' ill-fated meeting in the park, and the player is treated to a storyline that perfectly builds upon the universe created in the film. During the game's main story missions, you'll get to see how The Warriors built up their street cred enough to get an invite to the gathering of gangs. Not surprisingly, they quite literally fought their way up to the top, taking on all comers and leaving their mark all over the city.
The beauty of this is that a good 80% of the game is really not about the movie at all. It's only the last five missions or so that see Cleon and the gang make their escape back to Coney Island. This means that even the most dedicated and ravenous Warriors fans are in for something new: be it how Vermin and Cleon created the gang in the first place, or how Cyrus came up with the idea for his 60,000 soldier inner city army. Happily, these sequences are told extremely well and none of the cutscenes feel unnecessary or slopped together.
With its unrelenting obsession with nailing the details of the film's universe, its quality action, and its breadth of content, The Warriors is easily one of the better pure-action games to come out this year. It's a game that clearly goes out of its way to do more than just rehash a previously told story, as many games based on films tend to do. Again, though, this is not a game in which you have to have seen the original movie to understand and enjoy it; but if anything, it'll make you want to go out of your way to see the movie, just to see how it plays out and compares to the game experience. And in the end, isn't that what all games based on movies try to do in the first place? If you've got a thing for mature-themed action games, The Warriors is well worth your while.
games xtreme
The Warriors quickly becomes very absorbing and most players will want to see the storyline through once they have started. The Rockstar trademarks of varied missions, good script and character development, lots of bonuses and hidden bits, responsive controls and well thought out game progression are all in there to be enjoyed alongside Rockstar's other trademarks of stealing things and gang warfare. The combat that forms a large bulk of the game is fun to play especially when you fight together with other gang members and can see your guys pounding on their rivals with bats and fists while you slam another guy's head against the nearest wall, it makes the action seem more intense and realistically like a large scale fight with everything going on around you like that. I would recommend this title to any fan of the movie or to any fan of third person action games. You do not need to have seen the movie in order to understand the game.
Jolt (UK)
For years developers have been trying to haul the scrolling beat-em-up into the 21st century, and have so far only been met with limited success. The once widespread genre, traditionally the preserve of Japanese powerhouses like Capcom and Sega, has developed problems ranging from poor control mapping to fickle cameras to overly repetitive gameplay in its transition to the realm of 3D.
Still, if you like the movie or are a fan of old-school beat-'em-ups, you can't go wrong with this game. You can even unlock a re-creation of a Double Dragon-esque side-scrolling minigame! How cool is that!? %$*#ING COOL, THAT'S HOW, SUCKA!!!
Game Revolution
The shocker is that every game mode feels totally at home in the world The Warriors creates. This isn't as ambitious a game as some might expect from Rockstar, but it's a much more cohesive one than we're used to. Where San Andreas tried to be The Ghetto Godfather, The Warriors wants to be’well, it's obvious, but Rockstar has actually pulled it off by creating a game that equals the movie's cultish charm and, in some ways, surpasses it. If you don't believe us, come out and play.
Game Informer Magazine
Although it's certainly not a masterpiece, The Warriors gets by on style, flair, variety and simple fun. The gameplay - while still enjoyable - isn't nearly as polished as it could be, the story and the appeal of the world that The Warriors recreates will be enough to pull you through to the end.
UOL Jogos
Quem gosta de brigas e de seguir roteiros terá um prato cheio, ainda mais com um script bem escrito como esse. Mesmo que termine o modo de história, ainda há centenas de extras para destravar, o que garantirá mais um bom tempo de diversão. Trata-se de uma real evolução dos clássicos da década de 80, em especial o "Double Dragon", a qual "The Warriors" faz questão de homenagear.
Game Informer Magazine
Frustration often rears its head, the co-op camera doesn't work as well as I'd like, and the combat (while satisfying) could be a little smoother between moves. Kick-ass unlockables are compelling enough, though, that I'd encourage people to bully their way to its conclusion.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
While it's a not a perfect game, fans of the film will obviously enjoy this more than the person who still has no idea this was a movie to begin with. Regardless of which group you fall into, you'll have a solid gaming experience from The Warriors. It's predictable and derivative at times, but the gory, harsh combat saves it from an uglier fate.
PSX Extreme
As beat 'em ups go, The Warriors manages to overcome the repetitiveness that's inherent to the genre by giving players much more to do than just doling out knuckle sandwiches. It isn't as diverse as Grand Theft Auto, but you should be able to squeeze an ample degree of catharsis out of mugging people, laying down graffiti, breaking into stores, and pummeling rival gang members. I highly recommend that you watch the movie first, though. The game does a great job of emulating the look of the movie and duplicating key scenes, but it's much easier to empathize with the characters if you've already seen them brought to life by the original actors.
All of this is original material, which is worrying at first because it's very difficult to recapture the spirit and feel of a movie, especially one that's over 25 years old. There's also that temptation to shoehorn ideas and stories into the piece that may make sense from a game design perspective, but don't really fit into the theme. But Rockstar nailed it: the missions and plotlines it's conceived gives The Warriors -- the gang members, that is -- some much-needed depth and character that we only saw glimpses of in the film. We learn how the "writer" Rembrandt joins up, the source of tension between the Sarysans and the Jones Street Boys, and how The Warriors go from small-time to all-city and net an invitation to the big meeting.
There's never a shortage of things to do in The Warriors, the overall atmosphere of the game is very convincing, and the combat system, as obviously fighting is what you will mostly be doing, is complex yet easy to use. Simply put, if you like violent "beat-'em-up" games, this is one of the better ones.
'The Warriors' at its core is nothing special from a gameplay standpoint, nor do graphics or audio quality jump out for great praise. However Rockstar have succeeded in wrapping up its flaws with an engaging storyline and an interesting non-linear, free-form approach between missions. Overall The Warriors isn't a game which can be strongly recommended unless you are a fan in the movie and this particular genre. It is worth a glance, but if you bore easily you may find this doesn't have the 'wow' gameplay factor to hold your interest for long, and would probably be better off looking elsewhere ultimately.
Pétri de bonnes idées et arborant une ambiance pénétrante, The Warriors avait tout pour devenir un soft de qualité, redonnant des lettres de noblesse à un genre quelque peu abandonné. Néanmoins, le sort a joué contre lui, et le titre de Rockstar parvient seulement à se maintenir dans la moyenne. Mais plutôt que faire face au destin, The Warriors, à cause d'une construction lacunaire et d'une absence assez troublante de fond, se doit de subir un certain manque d'intérêt à long terme. En effet, le scandale ne suffit pas forcément à fabriquer un bon titre. Honnête mais quelque peu déstabilisant, ce jeu parviendra peut-être à convaincre les nostalgiques du film d'origine.