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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.
Successful as both a movie license and an ingenuous brawler, The Warriors is a phenomenal game. With over 20 hours of gameplay, a multitude of side-missions and some lively multiplayer options, this is a must-have for fans of the movie, fans of the brawler or anyone who enjoys a well-produced, viscerally engaging game.
While it would have been very easy for the developers at Rockstar Toronto to simply recreate the events seen in the movie, they've managed to craft a tale that actually enhances the film. As you play, you'll get to know (and more importantly like) the characters more and more, and you'll actually have a vested interest in seeing them all get back to Coney alive. In addition to the well-crafted story, there's a deceptively deep combat system that helps make the game much more than just a button-masher, as well as enough extras to keep you coming back for more and more.
The Warriors is a surprising game, not just because it's one of the best games based on a movie, but because it manages to raise the bar on a genre that has been stuck in mud for over a decade. This game offers something to both fans of the movie and those who have never seen it; it tells a unique story that is well suited for an interactive forum like gaming. It's great to see Rockstar Games mine the cult classic aisle of their local Blockbuster Video for game ideas; one can only hope that the future will bring us games based on A Clockwork Orange and Repo Man.
The Warriors is a great and multiplayer experience and it does amazing things with a license that most people probably wouldn't have expected much from. It's a true step forward in the brawling genre, and that in itself is a victory.
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.
The Warriors has to be one of the biggest surprises this year. It is great that even under the controversy Rockstar can release another GTA game (PSP Liberty City Stores) and an ultra violent "M" related title in The Warriors. The new Toronto team has given us something special that fans of the movie will like along with gamers. The Warriors has reached another audience and might just become a cult game, along side the movie. Send the Word!
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 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.
It's true to say that visually, The Warriors does not impress. But as a film tie-in, as a classic brawler, as a game that offers excellent multiplayer modes, quality bonus content and a unique style all of its own, it excels. I'd even go as far to say that I prefer it to the Grand Theft Auto games, in fact, though that may be because I do, indeed, love the movie. Even if you don't, The Warriors is well worth checking out.
The Warriors is al bij al dus een hele degelijke game die niet snel zal vervelen. Maar dan heb ik het grootste pluspunt van The Warriors nog niet genoemd. Het spel puilt namelijk uit van de sfeer. De grauwe sfeer van de film blijft voelbaar vanaf het menu, dat jouw thuisbasis op Coney Island is, waar je vrij kunt rondlopen en opdrachten kunt volbrengen, tot aan de puike voice-acting en soundtrack. Hoewel de game grafisch echt onder doet voor wat wij op de Xbox gewend zijn, stralen de omgevingen zoveel sfeer uit dat ik Rockstar daar alleen maar voor kan complimenteren. The Warriors is een goede game, die ik niet alleen aanraad aan fans van de film, maar zeker ook aan gamers die zin hebben in een leuke knokgame, zeer geschikt om de vredige kerstdagen minder vredig mee door te komen.
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.
Playing one of the best movie license turning into a videogame has been done excellent with "The Warriors". Developer Rockstar has made a worthy game staying very closely to the original movie.
While the graphics are not the best we have seen on X-Box (a lot of blocky textures) the model of the characters, the excellent gameplay and the awesome music and sound make this one of the best games of 2005!
It's a violent game with from now to then some F-words but it couldn't be done otherwise since it's so close on the movie. "The Warriors", published by Take2 is at least for me, the best beat-em-up with charme to "hit" the X-Box!
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.
The Video Game Critic
A thoughtful tribute to old-school beat-em-ups like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, this is the game I really wanted in the first place! With its side-scrolling stages and simple controls, it's a commendable effort, and I certainly enjoyed it more than the main game. It's still not great though, and the realistic 3D graphics don't hold a candle to the artistic majesty of the 2D classics. The controls could be better as well; I kept smacking around my partner inadvertently. Also, the whiny soundtrack does a pitiful job of replicating the classic old school, electronic music. When all is said and done, The Warriors is heavy on style but light on substance. If you're a big fan of the movie however, feel free to bump up the grade by one letter.