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Daily Game (Jun 07, 2003)
Bloody Roar Extreme harkens back to the arcade days of old, when you had a limited attack arsenal, and were forced to approach combat from multiple angles instead of rushing in "guns blazing." While newer, more complex fighters can be a kick (pardon the pun) they leave little to the imagination, allowing even button mashers a chance to be king. That's not the case with Bloody Roar Extreme, as button mashing might get you through a few rounds, but you certainly won't complete the game that way, nor will you survive long against other human players. Would I suggest this game to everyone? As a rental, yes, but as a purchase option, I'd recommend it only to those who either looking for a fine introduction to the fighting genre, or those old school players who are looking for a classically styled fighter with that old school flair.
Gaming Target (Jul 09, 2003)
In the end, Bloody Roar Extreme is a decent game for the needy Xbox fighting genre. The game's fighting gameplay doesn't try anything new, but instead goes for perfection, and because of that an ample fighting game experience is achieved. If you own an Xbox as your only system and you're tired of Dead or Alive 3, or if you're just a fighting game nut, go ahead and check out Bloody Roar Extreme. It's worth at least a moment of your attention.
Game Chronicles (Jul 28, 2003)
Konami has wisely positioned Bloody Roar Extreme in the budget classification by selling it for only $30. I can easily recommend this game at that price while anything higher would have had me screaming “rental”. The gameplay is certainly dated, the combat is simple, but may be just the thing the younger kiddies are looking for. The low-blood count gives this game a Teen rating which is probably the perfect audience. Anyone older or more experienced will probably scoff at the two attack buttons and lack of sophisticated combos, but there is an inherent charm about morphing into powerful beasties and fighting with claws that just can’t be denied.
75 (Dec 17, 2003)
Vous aurez sans doute remarqué que le plus souvent, ce soft a été gratifié d'une note de 16, concernant la version Game-Cube. Ce qui convenait parfaitement à une mouture réussie et différente de Bloody Roar 3. Bien que le jeu présent ici soit identique, le simple fait de n'avoir opéré aucun changement, ni évolution notable, de plus sous un nom différent, frise l'arnaque. Nonobstant, ce titre disposant de qualités visibles et incontestables, vous fera passer de bons moments de dépeçage en règle.
TalkXbox (Aug 11, 2003)
While it is new to Xbox, Bloody Roar: Extreme is indeed a welcomed addition to the Xbox vastly growing category of fighting games. While this game does have its downs in almost every category besides controls, it is still a nice fighting game if you are a fan of that genre. The lack of sound effects in the CGI film are probably the biggest disappointment. There are some useless modes to fight in, like Kids Mode and Big Arms Mode which will distort the proportion of the characters. But that doesn’t really add to the gameplay or experience of the game.
GamingTrend (Oct 30, 2005)
Bloody Roar Extreme is fun, but is a little too simplistic in the quagmire of 3D fighters out there. The biggest plus for this game is the $29.99 price point. At that price it could sell quite well for an easy to get into fighting game. People interested in fighting games, but not interested in the intricacies of special moves (ala Virtua Fighter, Tekken, etc.) would do well to pick this game up. It is quite fun even with the difficult final boss battles. A good game at a cheap price, but you may want to get a more complex fighting game.
IGN (May 27, 2003)
Bloody Roar Extreme is a tough game to assign a score to. On one hand, it's a moderately entertaining fighter with an interesting gimmick and enough modes to give it a good amount of replay value. On the other hand, the game's fighting system and control scheme are in desperate need of a revamp, this is pretty much the same game I've been playing on the PS2 since 2001, and furries make me uncomfortable. What tips the scales in favor of Bloody Roar is its price. At under $30, it's not a bad deal at all, even if you only break it out occasionally when too tired, inebriated or otherwise unable to play a more complicated game. Another factor in Bloody Roar's favor is the lack of quality fighting games for the Xbox.
Darkstation (Jun 24, 2003)
Bloody Roar Extreme is a solid fighting title that will impress those who are just looking for a good time rather then an extensive full force title. The game hosts a very easy pick up and play type style so it can be a lot of fun to play with friends and can also be quite fun to play by your self as well. If you are looking for a fighting title Bloody Roar Extreme might just be for you, I would though highly recommend this as a solid rental title.
Made us feel more comfortable than the PS2 version but still lacking the 'oomph' the best beat 'em ups should have. Fight game veterans will tame this beast in no time.
GameZone (Jun 10, 2003)
Bloody Roar Extreme is a fun game to just pick up and play, but it’s definitely not for gamers that are heavy into fighting games. They may be disappointed with the lack of technique and charm. The characters seem strangely like characters from other fighting games and not very unique, the graphics and textures are plain, and the play mechanics are simple and uninventive. Bloody Roar isn’t a bad game; it just feels like it they didn’t try very hard with this one.
GameSpot (May 27, 2003)
Overall, Bloody Roar Extreme isn't as good as any of the latest installments in the major 3D fighting game series out there, though it's certainly competent and appealing in some ways. It'd make a decent rental and a fine way to kill some time, especially if you have some friends who'd be willing to try it. Even if they're not into fighting games, you wouldn't be lying if you told them it's easy to get into and get good at Bloody Roar Extreme.
GameSpy (Jun 06, 2003)
It sounds like I'm down on the game; I'm not -- I just want to see Hudson and Eighting really invest in this series and bring it back to the top of the class. It's in reach. For now, BRE is just spazzy fun with some fairly obvious missteps. Guys, it's time to stop recycling. Even if this game is behind the times, though, it illustrates how a game by people who really understand the genre but are a step behind is so much more satisfying than a game by people who are completely clueless but have all sorts of "revolutionary" ideas for it. Bloody Roar Extreme's bargain price and lack of much competition on the platform means that it'll be a tasty enough fighting snack until Soul Calibur II comes out in the U.S. That's about it.
XboxAddict (Jun 16, 2003)
This is a great game for the younger crowd. How about working on a serious fighting title now? You know, for those of us who enjoy more involved fighting games? (And for the love of god either get some good music or let us use our custom soundtracks!)
TeamXbox (Jun 12, 2003)
Before you jump to conclusions on Bloody Roar Extreme, let me point out that this game retails for $29.99, a deal compared to the standard $49.99 of the majority of new releases on the market. At just over half the regular price of a new game, Bloody Roar Extreme reverts back to classic arcade fighting styles that get a graphical boost on the Xbox to provide you with anime style combat without the complex combos of the more intense fighters available. This is a game you will need friends to enjoy. If you have a few friends who are average fans of fighters you could have a good time picking this game up as rental and not needing to spend too much time learning any of the moves. Think of Bloody Roar Extreme as a “pick-up-and-play” fighter that offers a user-friendly control scheme. Serious fighter fans, who favor the details of games like DOA3, would probably want to steer clear, while mediocre fans of the genre will most likely enjoy a handful of hours of entertainment.
Game Vortex (Jul 21, 2003)
In the end, the only word that comes to mind when I think about Bloody Roar is 'meh'. Though the game's graphics may look next-generation, the overall style and feel of the game feels like something akin to older fighters. The game's lack of depth, combined with an AI that can only be described as bipolar, makes this one just another game in a genre that has come to expect more.
Game Revolution (Jun, 2003)
Bloody Roar Extreme is fine if somewhat boring. It does have a very smooth framerate, but it's readily apparent that these graphics weren't designed with the Xbox originally in mind. The characters and environments are mediocre compared to what we've seen in natively brewed games. There are a few breakable walls and floors to try adding some creativity to the level design, but it's just not enough. At least there are some flashy lighting effects and interesting color palette swaps when the more "extreme" special moves are executed. I'd readily trade those in for some blood being spilled during the matches.