In a gaming galaxy far
far away there was once an arcade title called Double Dragon that had
two friends chasing their girlfriends through a plethora of thugs and
lowlifes. The game was simplicity at its best that allowed the gamer to
use a variety of martial arts and weapons to rescue their loved ones.
Since then the fighting genre has been inundated with Tekken style
fighters (not that this is a bad thing) but the market has become a
Fortunately for gamers,
Namco have decided to up the ante with Urban Reign that transforms
players into old school brawlers. Gamers are transformed into Brad Hawk,
a hardened street fighter that must use his skills to clean up the
streets from a variety of dangerous crime bosses. Fortunately for Hawk,
he is accompanied by a variety of other street fighters who also agree
with his cause and together it's time to clean up the streets once and
The gameplay of Urban
Reign throws the player in 3D environment where they must use all their
fighting skills and weapons (e.g. swords, planks, shovels and knives).
The fighting contains all the moves one would expect in a fighting game
from kicking, punches, throws and holds. By mixing and matching (e.g.
the Circle or the Square button and the analog stick), players can spice
up their manuevers. There is also some special moves in the game that
get better and better as you continue through the game and you are
awarded points at the end of each level to improve your character. Apart
from the standard storyline mode, there is a variety of other modes from
versus, destruction and team modes.
Reign looks a little dated on the PlayStation 2 (especially in
multiplayer mode where the view is distanced to show more of the
screen), however in single player mode, all the characters are well
designed and cotain some impressive texture details. There are some
special effects, such as super moves and lighting but nothing in the
ball park of Industrial Light & Magic.
Musically, Urban Reign
contains a hard rock soundtrack that suits the genre perfectly and match
that with a wide gamut of sound effects from bones breaking, swords
hitting people and people getting thrown and you have a very decent
In conclusion, Urban
Reign is a breath of fresh air but unfortunately becomes a little too
repetitive as do the graphics of this title. Probably worth a rent
before a buy with the average gamer finishing this title in around 10 -
15 hours. Good old fashioned old school fighting.