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The Warriors (PSP)

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Description

Based on the 1979 Paramount Pictures film of the same name and voiced by most of the original cast, The Warriors follows the career of a Coney Island street gang. Starting months before the events of the film, The Warriors expand and defend their Coney Island turf, while proving that they are heavy enough players to join The Riffs’ network. With a citywide rep, they can get invited to a major gang meeting where the future of New York street crime will be decided.

The game follows the nine lead members of The Warriors (with flashback missions showing how they came to The Warriors): leader Cleon, Swan, Ajax, Cowboy, Cochise, Snow, Fox, Rembrandt, and Vermin. During the game, the player will control each member, usually acting as a war chief and leading a squad of Warriors on a mission. Missions vary from simply wrecking another crew to completing a series of objectives while avoiding arrest or worse.

During missions, players can mug pedestrians, steal car radios, commit smash and grabs, tag walls or bomb other gangs’ burners, and load up on flash. Between each story based mission, The Warriors return to their Coney Island hangout where they can train to improve their stats, go out on patrol, review their accomplishments, replay levels, or enter into a series of quick-play combat matches.

The game plays like a squad-based brawler. Each Warrior has his own fighting style and much of the game environment can be weaponized. Fights are fast and often brutal, but stealth is also an option. Players can perform stealthy finishing moves and distract police or other gang members with thrown bottles. The game’s environments are fully 3D allowing Warriors to escape along the rooftops, hop over fences, or dash into shadowy areas.

Screenshots

The Warriors PSP Shot from the intro movie
The Warriors PSP Unlike the PS2 or Xbox version where while mugging you search “points” with the analog stick and vibration, on the PSP you look for them using the analog stick and your eyes.
The Warriors PSP Pause menu
The Warriors PSP Title screen

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The Press Says

Jolt (UK) Mar 13, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Armchair Empire, The Mar 20, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Target Mar 12, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Feb 12, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot Feb 13, 2007 8.1 out of 10 81
1UP Feb 16, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameCell UK 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamer.nl Feb 27, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Deeko Mar 10, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Mar 19, 2007 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Warriors appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Bonus game

After beating the final story mission, an arcade game appears at The Warriors' hideout. "Armies of the Night" is a 1 to 2-player side-scrolling minigame based on Double Dragon. The game begins with Masai and two Riffs walking up to Mercy, punching her in the stomach, and then carrying her away. Swan (and the optional second player) must battle the Armies of the Night (The Hi-Hats, The Baseball Furies, The Lizzies, and more) to get her back.

Credits

During the game's credits you can control Masai and have The Riffs wreck The Rogues. After the credits, the game continues at The Warrior's Coney Island base where you can finish training, replay missions, and go on patrol.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #10 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2005 – #8 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Best Use of a Movie License of the Year (PS2)
    • 2007 – #7 PSP Game of the Year

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Kabushi (120985) added The Warriors (PSP) on Feb 13, 2007
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