Bloody Roar II
|a game by||Raizing Co., Ltd.|
|Editor Rating:||8.8/10, based on 2 reviews|
|User Rating:||7.4/10 - 47 votes|
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|See also:||Arcade Games, Fighting Games, Bloody Roar Series|
If gaming in the nineties is synonymous with one thing, it is arguably couch co-op gaming. This era was the pinnacle for this phenomenon with racing games, sports games and fighting games all offering a compelling way to pummel your pals. The most competitive market of those mentioned was easily fighting games, with tonnes of fighters vying to be the household names on everyone’s lips and fresh off the back of a successful first outing, Bloody Roar 2 stepped up to plate hoping to cement this series as fighting game royalty.
This game plays like it’s predecessor Bloody Roar. However, looking outside the series, this game also plays like Tekken, Street Fighter, Soulblade, Mortal Kombat and Dead or Alive. This game aimed to offer a unique take on the fighting game genre by using beasts instead of human combatants. However, would this gimmick prove successful a second time? Or would this animal-based fighter fizzle out? We find out in our review of Bloody Roar 2.
A Thunderous Roar
What Bloody Roar 2 does brilliantly on its return is keeping the same great gameplay that we had from the first game in the series, yet elevating ever slightly. The player still has access to a wide variety of brutally beastly characters to fight with and against. There is still the usual suspects in terms of game modes such as story and arcade mode and the visuals keep the same look and feel of the original, while adding a new layer of polish to the overall presentation. However, its the small tweaks that make this one worthwhile as a sequel.
First, the story is a great continuation of the original, with the rogue group of Tylon Zylonthorpes fighting for the dignity of their race. Fighting games aren’t often remembered for their narrative and rightly so. But if they can offer some captivating exposition, it really ties everything together and motivates the player to fight. So this is a welcome bonus and one that elevates the series.
Then when it comes to the new game modes, the game does a great job at giving the player everything they could ever want. You have the new survival mode where you have to beat every character with just one health bar. The watch mode that allows you to take in AI fighters and learn new moves and weaknesses. Plus, you have the custom mode which is like playing the game with cheat codes such as god mode, big head mode and all the classic settings. It’s a lot of fun and a great addition to the game.
The Art of War
The fighting system is also a joy to behold in this title as well. This series has always prided itself on offering a hybrid of all the fighters of the era and the second iteration does this successfully as well. The variety of special moves and combos are great, the weight of the characters feel right and three perspective finishers are great too, even if they are nabbed from Sega’s Virtua Fighter.
Overall, Bloody Roar 2 takes the formula from the first successful outing and experiments again to offer an even more impressive final product. The additional game modes are a triumph, the gameplay and visuals are a step up from the previous game and story is a real highlight somewhat surprisingly for a fighter.
The only thing that drags this game down is it’s need to recycle ideas from it’s competitors plus the limited number of characters on the roster. Despite this though, this is an iconic fighter that any fighting game purist should witness first hand.
- A wonderful fighting engine
- Stunning visuals for the time
- Brilliant additional game modes
- A compelling narrative
- A small roster of fighters
- Recycled assets from competitors
Download Bloody Roar II
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Last years sleeper-hit fighting game, Bloody Roar, was released by Hudson in Japan, and Sony subsequently snapped it up for a U.S. debut. This year, Sony will repeat that magic by releasing Bloody Roar II, a far superior and much improved game.
THEY'LL NEVER BE BEASTS OF BOREDOM
On the one hand, Bloody Roar II continues the one-on-one fighting style of the original, featuring human players that morph into ass-kicking animals during a match. You still have your choice of some of the best fighters of Roar along with the addition of a bat, leopard, chameleon, insect, and half-beast. The boar, fox, and gorilla from the first game are gone.
On the other hand, Bloody Roar II improves on the original, using much smoother and more realistic graphics. Special moves look snappier, the combos are slicker, and the backgrounds are eye-catching without being distracting. The game also moves at a speedier clip, so combos and morph moves occur in the blink of an eye.
The Rave move of the first game, which sped up your fighters moves and made it harder for an opponent to get a punch in, has been removed. Bloody Roar II now has a Super combo that drains all of your Beast meter (which fills up according to your attack/damage ratio), but it's relatively easy to defend against The game is now more about quick-hit combos and counter attacks, and less about who can take more hits (as it was before in the original Bloody Roar).
Animal Bone Crackers
All the bone-cracking sound of the original is present here. Indeed, the sequel roars with sound, from the growl of the tiger to the howl of the wolf. If you don't like cutesy Japanese voices, however, steer clear of Jenny the Bat.
Controlling the characters is simple and effective. Using the button-tap style of Tekken 3, you'll find yourself learning the quick-combo system easily. Throws, counters, and air juggles round out the game and add depth.
Fangs For The Memories
If you liked the original, you'll love the sequel. Also, if you're a fan of the Tekken series and can't wait for Tekken 4, go out and purchase Bloody Roar II right now. This zoo crew of fighters create one of the best fighting games available this season--a welcome addition to any fighters library.
- PROTIP: To get to the hidden character of Gado, play through the game with any character. To access Shen Long, play through the game and beat the final boss in under 6 minutes 30 seconds.
The visuals are an improvement on the original--in fact, you'll find the blitzkrieg action almost too much for the eyes. Nice moves and cool backgrounds also lend a hand.
Although you'll wince when you hear Jenny the Bat yell, all the jungle sounds are crystal clear. During matches, die music is somehow a full-metal racket and subde at the same dme.
You'll probably practice against a weaker friend a lot to get the controls down because, regrettably, the game has no practice mode. But after that, you'll be roaring with pride.
Better than a lot of wannabes, this game is a great fighter to sharpen your fangs on--especially for newbies who can't grasp the complex combo systems of other games. Bloody Roar II is one of the best fighting games available.