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River City Ransom

MobyRank MobyScore
NES
79
4.0
Sharp X68000
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Nintendo 3DS
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Advertising Blurbs

www.atlus.com:
    WANT SOME?! GET SOME! The classic NES game returns with improved graphics and even more chop-socky RPG action than before!

    Contributed by Lampbane (2526) on Jan 13, 2009.

Back of Box - Game Boy Advance (US):

    PANIC STRIKES RIVER CITY!

    "I hold your girlfriend, Cyndi, captive. With my gangs of students and vicious bosses roaming the streets, nobody can stop me now. If you want her back, come to River City High." -Slick

    Slick, the meanest, most powerful gang lord in River City, has issued this ultimatum - and the entire town is powerless in a grip of fear! Fortunately, Alex and Ryan weren't in school the day Slick took it over. But now, their fellow students are prisoners - including Ryan's girlfriend! It's up to our two young heroes to battle their way past several dangerous city gangs, then defeat the gang lord to free the students of River City High and restore peace to the panic-stricken populace!

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    • Lively dialogue colors each character. Listen carefully for clues, or smack a punk around if he talks too much.
    • Be a mallrat and stock up on food and items. Discover dollars on downed deadbeats.
    • The game keeps track of exactly how you play. Load up your data or a friend's to fight a computer clone.
    • Completely customize your game--difficulty, speed, name, look, game balance, and strategy are all yours to control.
    • Build up your reputation and form a posse. If you're bad enough, reformed bosses may even join your crew.
    • Discover new characters and techniques every time you play. The journey will adapt to your unique style of gaming!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4617) on Oct 02, 2006.

www.nintendo.com - Game Boy Advance:
    The classic platformer returns to console glory!

    Fifteen years after taking the NES by force, Alex and Ryan return to bust skulls on River City Ransom EX for the Game Boy Advance. Publisher Atlus has kept the terrific gameplay of this classic side-scrolling fighter but added tons new features.

    Features

    • Greatly enhanced update of the cult classic
    • Two-player cooperative and battle modes
    • Buy items to upgrade stats and techniques
    • Extensively customizable gameplay


    As in the original River City Ransom, Slick, River City's top gang lord, takes over the high school and holds the students hostage. Alex and Ryan, however, weren't at school that day. (Kids: This is only a video game. Don't play hooky, unless you know a crime lord is going to take over your school.) Playing as Alex, with Ryan as your wingman, you take on Slick's street gangs and fight you way to the school to save the students and Ryan's girlfriend.

    No gameplay elements got lost in translation from the NES to the Game Boy Advance. The gangs still bring the tires, chains and brass knuckles into battle, and when you knock out the bad guys, they interject classic musings such as "Barf," "Blarg," "Bogus" and "I'm wasted." The attack moves are the same, the game shows you your stats and you still spend your money at the mall to power yourself up, RPG-style.

    If that were all, River City Ransom EX would be a welcome addition to the GBA library. But Atlus has really gone to town with customization and other enhancements. In story mode, you can Ryan's AI, from how he handles weapons to how aggressive he is.

    And if you like to go crazy with tweaking game options, you might want to call the doctor ahead of time because you're going to get sick. Adjust the number of enemies, difficulty level (easy to crazy), game speed, obstacles, techniques, even gravity. A new fight log keeps very detailed stats of your character. And with a Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable, you can play with or against a friend.

    According to Atlus, the final version of River City Ransom EX will allow you to gather clues and give you the option to make or break friendships. You'll also be able to exchange characters and data from one Game Boy Advance to another.

    Bottom Line

    River City Ransom EX should prompt more developers to not just re-release but also revamp their classics for a new generation of gamers. River City Ransom EX should be a big hit -- and that's not "Bogus," dude!

    Contributed by Xoleras (66204) on May 06, 2005.