The Warriors

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The Warriors is a beat 'em up video game published by Rockstar Games. It was released on October 17, 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and February 12, 2007 for PlayStation Portable. The game is based on the 1979 film, The Warriors. The console versions of game were developed at Rockstar Toronto, while the PSP port was developed by Rockstar Leeds.

Setting[edit | edit source]

The story of the movie The Warriors is a loose re-imagining of Anabasis by the Greek author Xenophon. In addition to covering events depicted in the movie, the video game also acts as a precursor, establishing the Warriors' reputation all throughout New York City.

Levels 1 through 13 take place before the movie begins. After Level 13, the player is shown a CG cutscene duplicating, to an extent, the beginning of the movie, with Cyrus's meeting. Levels 14 through 18 cover events in the movie itself. However, not everything from the chapters that covers the movie itself shows events happening the same way as the movie does. There are also levels A through E which cover how each of the nine main characters formed and joined The Warriors. Also, at the end credits, you can play as Masai and fight the rogues.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Warriors is an action-adventure game which focuses heavily on brawling. Like most games from Rockstar Games, several minor gameplay elements are mixed into the experience, such as the ability to use spray paint to mark turf or to insult other gangs.

The Warriors focuses largely on gang rumble style action, with the player being assisted by other Warriors at once (minimum of 1, maximum of 8). The player plays as all nine of the main Warriors at different points throughout the game, but largely using Swan, Cleon and Rembrandt.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Review scores
Publication Score B+[1]
GameSpot 8.6/10[2]
IGN 8.7/10[3]
X-Play 4/5[4]

The Warriors received positive reviews. Many praised the game for its deep combat and control, stating that the game helped breathe life into the brawler genre. The game was also praised for its unique style, along with its story and music.

Complaints were mostly directed towards the multiplayer. Critics complained about how the game's screen splits horizontally for two players, creating a narrow field of vision—when compared to the "normal" view—and often cluttered screens. However, in the PlayStation Portable version, this problem is rectified by virtue of the fact that the game is already being played on two separate screens.

Lawsuit[edit | edit source]

Roger Hill, who also played Cyrus in the movie, filed a lawsuit of $250,000 against Take-Two for using his voice and depiction in the video game. He claimed that it would not have been difficult for Take-Two to pay, since the game made $37 million.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Pfister, Andrew (2005-10-18). The Warriors PS2 Review. Retrieved on 2008-08-05
  2. Navarro, Alex (2005-10-20). The Warriors for PlayStation 2 Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2007-08-28
  3. Dunham, Jeremy (2005-10-17). The Warriors (PS2) review. Retrieved on 2007-08-28
  4. G4 - Reviews - The Warriors. X-Play. Retrieved on 2007-08-28
  5. Jenkins, David (2006-06-27). Gamasutra - Take-Two Sued By The Warriors Actor = Gamasutra. Retrieved on 2008-04-20

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