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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic
While gameplay is excellent in general, I occasionally found myself disoriented on rare occasions by awkward camera angles. I can't forget to mention the lavish classical score ranging from soaring epic compositions to delicate melodies. It gives the game a dramatic tone and a cinematic flair. Likewise the sound effects of rushing water and crumbling rock are uncanny in their realism. Rygar is one of the most addictive platforms games I've ever played on my PS2. Don't miss out on this one.
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
Overall, Rygar is a great game. While a 3D platformer at its roots Rygar does away with all of the negative things that are usually associated with the genre and comes away a real gem of a game. With good graphics, great sound, a decent plot, and intuitive gameplay, Rygar is sure to appease anyone looking for a good action game that will occupy you for a good long while. The next time you happen upon a game store or a rental place, pick Rygar up and give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
If Tecmo could have spent a few more months on Rygar the game would have been an instant hit but as it stands it is a testament to the glory days of old. If you can manage to put up with the unintentionally funny dialog and bad sub-titles you will experience a legendary gameplay experience. Let's just hope next time the vision of the series isn't marred by a Holiday rush.
With all of this said Rygar is a fine addition to your PS2 library, the only complaints I have is the shortness of the title and the sometimes awkward camera angles. If you still have a soft spot in your heart for the legendary warrior then by all means give this game a go. If you are a fan of action titles such as DMC you should definitely give this game a whirl. A truly great upgrade to a fine NES classic. Let's hope Ninja Gaiden turns out this well. Highly Recommended!
PlayStation 2PGNx Media
Tecmo did a great job at bringing Rygar back for the new or nostalgic gamers. With impressive visuals, thoughtful sound, and great game play, Rygar is a game worthy of your holiday money.
PlayStation 2Consoles Plus
Des combats dantesques, une quête longue et une réalisation fine pour un titre qui réjouira les amateurs d'action pure et dure.
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Rygar is one of the best action-adventure titles you can currently get for your PS2 immersing you in a wondrous world of fantasy and magic. The Diskarmor is one of the most innovative weapons of all time and with the three versions and dozens of combos and unique attacks the possibilities for creatively dispatching your enemies is nearly endless. If you love action, fantasy, and heroic combat then look no further than Rygar: The Legendary Adventure.
I like Rygar a lot. Its combat is fun, its atmosphere is amazing, and its Greco-Roman stylings are just too cool. It also does a great job of channeling the spirit of the game it's based on, unlike the recent remake of Shinobi. While I would have liked it to be longer, it has decent replayability that will extend its stay in my PlayStation 2. If you liked Devil May Cry or are a fan of Rygar on the NES, then Rygar: The Legendary Adventure probably deserves a spot in your PlayStation 2 library.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
All in all, when it comes down to the end, Rygar is one of the best action/adventure titles of the year. The game's incredible atmosphere, coupled with its gorgeous visuals and wonderful gameplay truly makes Rygar an excellent action experience that all fans of the action genre must have. PS2 owners look for a great Devil May Cry-esque fix will find themselves heavily rewarded with Tecmo's Rygar: The Legendary Adventure. As a side note, those who are into deep, engrossing and meticulously performed soundtracks will absolutely fall in love with Rygar's soundtrack. Make sure you give Rygar: The Legendary Adventure a look, it's one of the better game titles of the year, and arguably the sleeper hit of the year.
Respekt! Zwar hat sich Tecmo deutlich bei Capcom-Spielen wie Devil May Cry inspirieren lassen, doch das Endprodukt wirkt durch das ungewöhnliche Setting eigenständig und lässt Dantes zweiten Auftritt gehörig im Regen stehen - auch wenn die Story sich nicht gerade logisch entwickelt. Die nach und nach erlernbaren Fähigkeiten und Kombos locken genau so zum Weiterspielen wie das exzellente und äußerst stimmige Leveldesign. Und die jederzeit passende Musikuntermalung kann gekonnt verschleiern, dass die Soundeffekte zwar gut, aber bei weitem nicht herausragend sind. Einzig die Spieldauer sorgt für Unmut. Profis werden Rygar nach ca. sechs bis acht Stunden beendet haben. Trotzdem: wer nach einer mehr als gelungenen Alternative zur Devil May Cry-Serie sucht, ist mit Rygar bestens aufgehoben und wird sich für eine hoffentlich kommende Fortsetzung wünschen, dass es noch mehr von allem gibt.
On all fronts Rygar is a worthy game, with perhaps its moderately short length being its only drawback. Bolstered with great graphics and a superb soundtrack, Rygar makes up for its weaknesses by displaying an array of gameplay elements woven craftily together in a game that should make any action gamer happy.
Even though the game feels dated (and looks it too), Rygar: The Battle of Argus is extremely fun. Being a virgin to the series the ease of play and amount of enjoyment truly surprised me. This is the type of game that anyone can pick up and play and have a good time. There aren't many action/adventure games on the Wii, but in the small class of options Rygar excels. If I had to sum it up, I would call Rygar: The Battle of Argus a more casual version of God of War, and believe me that is a compliment. There were a few times that I had more fun playing this game than Sony's juggernaut series. Now I am anticipating a true sequel; and I am hoping it goes multi-platform.
Ein schneller Einstieg, rasantes und actiongeladenes Gameplay, gepaart mit ein wenig Coolness und ein paar neuen Ideen machen das Spiel zum Action-Hit! Vor allem die genial vielseitige "Diskarmor" Waffe und die "Summons" im Final Fantasy Stil sind tolle Innovationen. Gerade Fans, die vom zweiten Teil von Dantes Dämonenhatz derbe enttäuscht wurden, finden hier einen süchtig machenden Ersatz mit nur kleinen Schwächen.
PlayStation 2Gamezone (Germany)
Tecmo hat wieder einmal ganze Arbeit geleistet und präsentiert uns mit Rygar ein ausgereiftes und gut spielbares Game ohne Ecken und Kanten. Die einmalige Waffe Diskarmor sorgt für einen ganz eigenen Spieleindruck und dürfte nicht nur die Anhänger der in die Jahre gekommenen 2D Version erfreuen. Dazu bekommt man viele Action-Adventure Elemente geboten die ihren Namen auch verdienen, auch wenn sie nie über das betätigen von Schaltern, in Rygar als drehbare Ikonen realisiert, und das finden versteckter Eingänge hinausgehen. Dafür sieht man dem Game die Detailverliebtheit an mit der es erstellt wurde, denn die Welten sind sehr detailliert und nie langweilig, genauso wie das Design der Level selbst, in denen man sich trotz der fest montierten Kameras nie verläuft.
PlayStation 2Daily Game
While Rygar lacks in the replayability department, the overall package is so good, it's a game you really shouldn't miss for the PS2. Even if you've never played a Rygar title before, you'll certainly enjoy this one with its lush graphics, unique gameplay and good sound. Rygar: The Legendary Adventure is a worthy purchase for any fan of the adventure genre.
Of course as far as purchasing the game is concerned, if you liked the Devil May Cry series and are partial to the gladiatorial period, there is one question that may help you come to your decision. If it isn’t broken, why fix it?
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
Overall, though, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure is a decent return for one of gaming’s classic characters. With a gorgeous setting, good plot and creative gameplay, Rygar made a good leap forward from 2D into the 3D realm. However, a few graphical and gameplay flaws, as well as its short duration, detract from the total overall experience, making it seem like more of an expansion pack than a full title. But if this is actually the first step in a new Rygar franchise, it’s a definite step in the right direction.
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Had it not been for the frequently infuriating camera, and had it not taken so long to get going and proven to be fairly short once it got good (weighing in at something like 10-15 hours play on the regular setting), Rygar could have been significantly more impressive than it already is. But for the most part it's damned good - Tecmo delivers another PS2 treat.
Overall, Rygar was a lot of fun, despite its problems. Unfortunately, with game time topping out at six hours (including a decent amount of aimless wandering) I simply can't recommend it as a purchase. As a rental, Rygar is an excellent game, but just doesn't provide the lasting entertainment value that one expects when spending $50 on a video game. The six hours that I got out of the game were fun, but I was simply left wanting more; while that is the mark of a good entertainer, it is not the mark of an excellent video game. Any fan of action-adventure games and straight-up smashing stuff should certainly give Rygar a shot, but don't let that thirst for destruction harm your bank account in the process.
Rygar: The Legendary Adventure has plenty of drawbacks. The story is weak, the camera forsakes practicality for dramatics, and you'll mostly be fighting different insects throughout most of the game, but Rygar's most stringent issue is its length--the game is only about four and a half to five hours long, making it beatable in about two or three sittings. Of course, it will take you more time to unlock the additional artwork and movies as well as any other items that you may have missed over the course of the game.
The Battle of Argus feels like a bit of a missed opportunity here. While the controls work well, and the music is still amazing, nothing has been done to address concerns that popped up six years ago when the original game was released. Newcomers are definitely getting a great game that they may have missed on the PS2. For those who have played through the original though, there’s no real reason to strap the Diskarmor back on again as not enough has been done to make a good experience great.
WiiSci-Fi Online (The Sci-Fi Channel)
For Wii owners looking for an old school game in the vein of Castlevania then you could do much worse than Rygar, equally those that fondly remember playing this on the PS2 will get a buzz from revisiting this. Everyone else, however, may feel a little cheated.
Rygar is an admirable revamp of a once classic NES game, it is still a port of a six year old title though and it shows; however it's still worthy of attention if you missed it the first time around and are looking for a reasonably competent adventure game.
Bénéficiant d'une excellente réalisation et d'un gameplay efficace, Rygar pêche par son incapacité à nous faire oublier l'aspect répétitif du beat'em all, qui se trouve même mit sur le devant de la scène en raison de l'apathie qui se dégage de certains passages du jeu et des affrontements un peu trop simples. Pourtant, c'est idiot, mais Rygar séduit tout de même le joueur s'il parvient à passer outre. Peut-être une intervention des dieux ?
PlayStation 2Super Play
Jag vet att jag tjatar om Devil May Cry, men i det här fallet är det faktiskt befogat. För utan Dantes helvetesfärd hade varken Shinobi eller Rygar: The Legendary Adventure kommit till. Tack vare Shinji Mikamis facination för kompakta actionspel upplever genren nu en ny guldålder. Jag älskar varenda minut av det. Så trots att Rygar: The Legendary Adventure har sina fel och brister, välkomnar jag det med öppna armar.
I realize this review seems fragmented. Perhaps the game inspired that, perhaps not. Don't let that influence your purchase, though. Without a doubt, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure is a perfectly acceptable follow-up to its excellent predecessor, and a good title in its own right (particularly if you liked Devil May Cry and the sequel's release in 2003 seems too far away). With generally impressive visuals and a terrific sense of atmosphere, it seldom goes wrong. However, it's also a game that will be over almost before it begins. And I can't help but feel that it was about to be so much more but Tecmo grew too afraid to take the time. Though it sometimes feels rushed, though, there's no doubt this game is good. Definitely an ideal rental, with a few last-minute attempts to extend the replay value that might warrant a purchase for some people.
PlayStation 2Game Critics
On the whole, Dual Hearts is one of the better Action-Adventure games I've played in a while, and it's a shame that it disappeared from shelves without much chance to find an audience. It seems to me that the game was a victim of absolutely terrible timing since it was released right before the "Great Game Flood of '02" as it will come to be known. If released at any other time, I'm sure it would have garnered a semi-respectable cult following with just a bit of PR. If you didn't get it as a gift or buy it for yourself this past holiday season, do yourself a favor and pick it up now. The print run was small, and the price will be right on a used shelf or in a bargain bin (if you can find it). It'll be a fine bit of sustenance to help you through the coming summer doldrums.
Had it not been for these three nuisances, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure would have been placed nicely in my all time top ten. As is stands, in spite of a good deal of graphical refinement and heaps of atmosphere, it falls well short of the mark and to be honest, I can't recommend it to those of you who aren't particular fans of the genre. I just can't see how ten hours of destroying beautifully crafted sculpture and architecture classes as a legendary adventure.
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
Even with its faults, there’s plenty to like about Rygar: The Legendary Adventure. The gameplay is mostly involving and the graphics are impressive. Though the game is far too short and the lack of variety in the enemies is disappointing, I can’t help but recommend this game. The adventure may not be legendary, but it’s of some merit nonetheless.
Considerati i difetti espressi in sede di recensione, il consiglio è quello di valutare con calma l'acquisto, in quanto se è pur vero che la ludoteca Wii soffre ancora della mancanza di un esponente action degno di tal nome, chiudendo un occhio sul gameplay fin troppo lineare è possibile portarsi a casa un prodotto tutto sommato gradevole e appagante, senza aspettarsi un capolavoro.
In conclusion: All in all, Tecmo deserves credit for showing some originality. Not paying any attention to the story, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure is a nice game that will satisfy both hack 'n slash and platform fans. Diskarmors turned out to be real cool weapons, ideal to kick some demon ass. Unfortunately there are just too much negativo's, like the rather weak A.I. and especially the shortness of the game. A nice game to rent for the weekend, but it just lacks depth and length to score any better.
The one thing that really makes Rygar for Wii stand out for me, though, is actually the games that surround it. On a platform that's filled with some great titles -- but also an overwhelming amount of gimmicky motion-controlled experiences -- a traditional action game like Rygar helps fill a void. People questioned Tecmo's judgment in bringing the game to Wii, but maybe it saw that exact opportunity. For Wii owners looking for a traditional action game in the vein of Castlevania or God of War, right now, this is still one of your best bets.
Make no mistake about it: Rygar: The Battle of Argus is a six-year-old game, and time has made many of its components feel outdated. But even though the story is a joke and the combat focuses too much on the offensive side of things, there is still a fun experience here. Dueling minotaurs and other mythical beats is still fun, and the clever level design makes exploration engaging. This game does belong in a museum, but it can still be fun to play around with the exhibits from time to time.
There aren't a lot of these types of adventure/action games on the Wii. But does that mean we should settle for six-year old ports? It may have been pretty cool at the time, but by today's standards Rygar is dull, with horrendous dialogue and a mixed bag of visuals. This feels like a pretty cheap attempt to cash in on a game and license Tecmo had lying around. Wii owners are starved for games with substance. Why not make an entirely new Rygar game with the remote and nunchuk in mind? Or how about an original Ninja Gaiden? Well, because dusting off an old game costs a lot less, of course. If you played Rygar on the PS2, there's not enough new here to warrant a trip back to Argus. But even if you missed it the first time around, there isn't much to recommend now. The gameplay doesn't offer anything original, the controls are not ideal, and the dialogue and character art are trapped in the past.
Whilst it's good to see a decent forgotten game given a second chance in the modern day market, it is a shame that the original flaws weren't ironed out for this revision. No doubt one of the better roaming brawlers on Nintendo's console, but considering the dearth of said genre, that isn't saying much. One to consider for a mindless budget-buying gaming urge.
Cumple con nota en todo lo que no implica necesariamente los puntos técnicos, si bien la jugabilidad tampoco es precisamente lo que podríamos considerar una oda a la originalidad. El sistema de juego queda a medio camino entre los juegos de acción de medio pelo y las grandes superproducciones que han sabido reinventar la escena de los tiroteos injustificados, de las muertes a gogó en plena época grecorromana. En Rygar no vamos a encontrar ninguno de esos elementos épicos tan de moda en la actualidad, tan sólo en título que a precio reducido pretende divertir a todo aquel que se acerque a su propuesta sin gastar tampoco demasiados cartuchos para terminar una entretenida aventura. Mientras quede claro este aspecto, no debería decepcionar a nadie.
Rygar: The Battle of Argus is a mixed bag of highs and lows that tries to fit a lot in and only partially succeeds. Its complex formula has produced a fairly well executed game that is playable and enjoyable in parts, securing at least an audience with genre fans. A long lifespan, polished graphics and impressive sound effects are all major attractions, although the gameplay can be a bit irksome at times due to an uneven difficulty curve and twitchy controls. The Battle of Argus is reasonably entertaining in short doses, but there's nothing revolutionary or truly engaging to keep you coming back for more - it's just a competent port of an old PS2 game whose mechanics and design are really showing their age.
The main saving grace for Rygar: The Battle of Argus is that it’s one of the easier Wii action games to play. Unfortunately, it suffers from a total lack of originality for those who are familiar with the 3D action game genre.
WiiGame Informer Magazine
If you have any desire to try this game, search a bargain bin for the PS2 version and save yourself the trouble and cash.
If the Wii is your only gaming option then you might want to give the game a rental or eventually a discount purchase. It’s playable and even fun; more so when you don’t have any way to compare it to the original. Even so, there are better Wii games out there so use some discretion with this one.
WiiGame Informer Magazine
The character--like the game's subtitle--has changed, but neither are for the better. In fact, there is no reason to choose this game over the now cheaper PS2 version. Sure, the game features a few new enemies and a new gladiator mode that has you racking up a high score in area challenges using the Wii's motion controls, but both are easy to miss if you aren't paying attention. You might have some fond memories of this series, but I suggest you avoid eye contact with this game next time you're at the store.
Low budget, low effort port of what is otherwise one of the PS2's more unfairly forgotten action games.
Newcomers may enjoy this remake, but everyone else should stick with the superior (and inexpensive) PS2 version.
It’s certainly not for fans of the PS2 title, as there’s absolutely nothing new of note (aside from the tacked on Gladiator Mode and atrocious character design), so you’re better off firing up the old PS2 if you have a craving for some Gladiatorial action. Better yet, pop in God of War.
Rygar: The Battle of Argus is sub-standard in every area, and while it has its moments, most are filled with boredom or outright frustration. The PS2 version is readily available for a few dollars, and the meager additions to this Wii iteration provide little incentive to pick it up.
Non servono giri di parole; Rygar: the Battle of Argus semplicemente non è all’altezza delle più recenti, ma nemmeno delle prime, produzioni Wii. I buoni spunti che emergono dall’introduzione delle peculiari meccaniche legate all’utilizzo del motion sensor palesano ancor più l’assurdità della scelta di mantenere totalmente invariate strutture e meccaniche di gioco che, a conti fatti, limitano con tutta una serie di imperdonabili difetti le possibilità ludiche del titolo. Assolutamente controproducente anche il mancato approfondimento dell’hardware Nintendo che, seppur limitato, ha saputo offrire, specialmente in quest’ultimo periodo, delle vere e proprie perle, anche dal punto di vista grafico e stilistico.
Rygar: The Battle of Argus should have been a challenging and thrilling Wii experience, if only more care and attention was put into the final package. As it stands you have a game that has become progressively outdated since its debut in 2003. Even with the system suffering from a lack of traditional gaming experiences, this version is hard to recommend to anyone but fans of the original.
This game would be more fun if it was titled Rygar Goes to Argos and challenged you to memorise the item number of every thing in the catalogue. Even if you remember the PS2 game with fondness, don't buy this one; your rose-tinted glasses will smash and you'll be left picking the splinters from your eyeballs as tears of blood roll down your cheeks. Also it's not worth £29.99.
WiiHardcore Gamer Magazine
This is a game that stands shoulder-to-shoulder in the Wii library with miseries like Castlevania Judgment, Escape from Bug Island, and SPRay. It is not just bad, it is bad in an incredibly Wii-specific, low-effort sort of way you just don’t see on other consoles. If you’re a lover of kitsch, bathos, and hilarious tragedy in your games, then Rygar: The Battle of Argus is for you. It’s certainly not for anyone else, for example people who like to have fun.
Why buy the new one when the older, better version is still available at a reduced price? We know you have a PS2.
Rygar: The Battle of Argus is a failure on all fronts. It is a port of what is, in my opinion, a poor PlayStation 2 game (even for its time) that shows no signs of improvement. Not even the obvious addition of motion control made it into to the main game, which could've made controlling the Diskarmor an interesting and unique task (though Gladiator mode speaks otherwise). Rygar: The Battle of Argus is a shameless cash-in and should be avoided. Players who feel they need to experience the game are better off rummaging through the clearance bin for a copy of the PlayStation 2 original; aside from the (poor) Gladiator Mode, it is the exact same game, after all.
WiiG4 TV: X-Play
It should be painfully clear by now that Rygar: The Battle of Argus is nothing short of a total disaster. Fans of the PS2 version might, might get a kick out of seeing the game with a few better textures and having the chance to diskarmor a couple new (yet forgettable) enemies, but even that is being generous. Actually, those fans are the ones who will be most upset with what’s on display here, because after seven years of waiting for a “next-gen” version of the series, they have been handed this uninspired mess. For everyone else, just stay away. There is nothing here worth your time, especially with all of the truly fantastic games out there that are far more deserving of your attention and money.