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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 November 2009
I'm really surprised that there isnt more reviews than this for this game. This is Rockstar's adaptation of the cult classic movie The Warriors, based upon the novel by Sol Yurick of the same name, and while the game contains a lot that is essentially prequel the adventure of the movie is recounted from about half way through the game.

The game begins with the coming together of the warriors, their seizing and squatting of an abandoned property, establishment of protection rackets, protection of their pitch from "turf invasions" by rival gangs and then from this point on as the player advances through levels they can unlock "flash back" games, which recount how characters joined the game, play character and trait improving sub games (these are make shift gym levels which prefigure the workout features in later GTA games) and versus matches in which you can play as other gangs.

It is in the main a beat 'em up game with little in the way of platform action, there is some and it can be aggrivating, involving hitting the correct buttons or combination of buttons at precisely the right moment, but these are short lived thankfully and dont mess with the overall gameplay. The subgames are great and dont always involve button bashing at speed or the correct combinations, I particularly liked the tagging contests which emulate spray painting and the inclusion of secondary objectives in each mission, tagging opposition territory for instance, were fun too and add to replayability.

The age rating is probably fair in this one, the game features drug use to restore health ("Flash" which I reckon is either thinly veiled cocaine or something similar), the theft of car radios, mugging, vandalism and theft in addition to the more fantasy fighting (and it is fantasy, the colours and gangs, with the possible exception of a motor bike gang) are, like the film, more of a theatrical, almost pantomine, nature than real gangsters (Yurick thought this about the movie too and went on and on about it, the introduction he wrote for the book has been typified as one long rant about it).

While the gameplay is formulaic and better for it, I would say as a note of caution that there is a tendency for leaps in difficult to take place, particularly with boss fights which demand the mastering of different, difficult combinations of actions, issuing commands, aiming and throwing half brick missiles while the action switches between two or three different characters. Thankfully this is few and far between. This game also has one of the best dual/team play modes there is, it was pretty innovative at the time of release, featuring a single screen when the action was taking place with both players in close proximity and a split screen when far apart or during versus modes. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 3 February 2009
I really enjoyed Walter Hill's look at gangs in New York back in 1979, his dark, yet revealing story really made one of the best gang related movies ever, and now Rockstar took the film's idea and turned it into an action-packed game for the PS2.

You don't always play as the same person, sometimes you might be Rembrandt, spraying walls and just generally beating up other members of the opposite gangs, or you might be another member of the gang, either way, you're the leader of the war party, and have the cool ability to tell the gang to wreck stuff, hang off and even just follow you. This is great gameplay, and often can get you to win big battles - especially when you tell them to watch your back.

There's quite a long story game here, over 18 levels to do, but you can also just hang out in Coney Island - and just cause problems, mug people, steal car radios or just do some painting. You can also do some bonuses, but if you want to play the story out, you don't just have to do what you're told, you can make money, do extended activities (an example is remove all the tags of another gang) and you can even start fights with the gang.

This is good fun altogether, there's plenty to do here and some of the tasks are really hard, so there's a lot of learning to do, and sometimes things are not too obvious. The camera can be a pain sometimes, but once you know how to control it with your right analog stick you're going to really enjoy the action, and the cut scenes are pretty fun and realistic to the movie.

There are some nice bonuses too, like a "Double Dragon" style beat 'em up, which reminds me also of Final Fight, and some exercises to do in the gang hideout. The game is really smooth and tries well to emulate the movie.

I would suggest a word of caution to under 18s though, it's not really a game for them as it's full of violence and disrespect to the authorities - but for the older amongst us will just love it. The darkness of the game just makes it more moody, and sombre.

Get it now, well worth your money.
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on 8 February 2010
Having watched the film about a gazillion times (or thereabouts) I HAD to get this game a while back and have recently been playing it again, still haven't finished it! I've been to Coney twice now and gone on the iconic Wonder Wheel, which appears on the games start up screen, perfect.

Its massive - the sub games and rumble mode would make a decent game all on its own, but the best thing about this is the attention to detail - from the original soundtrack playing on the radio in the Warriors hideout to the sound effects and voices. Most of the original cast lent their voices to the game, with a few exceptions.

Its all about beating the hell out of everything and everyone you can, and almost anything you can see can be used to this effect. Chucking a brick through a store window and stealing everything is too much fun, especially when the ops turn out to rumble and you wrap a 2 by four round their heads.

The various levels are well designed and keep you interested with the stories and missions. The end bosses can be annoyingly tough but it all makes for a game that will last you a long time. 2 player mode is awkward with the camera angles, but very very good fun, and some of the best bits are in the rumble modes, like king of the hill and !capture the flag! (Mercy), which had me in tears.

Awesome
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on 1 June 2010
This is such a great game! I admit that I had my doubts when I got it but I sure had a nice surprise. It reminds me of the classic style beat em ups, super fun pick up and play games. After starting playing I just could not stop and wouldn't even notice the time go by. In this game you have a lot of missions to do that are related with the story of the film and your gang. You'll play as different characters, understanding how and why they joined the gang.
Also this has great voice work and nice music. You'll just feel that kicking butt is fun and cool.

Pick this game up and you won't regret it! And such a nice price, there's just no excuse.
Great game!!
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on 1 April 2013
I got this game given to me for my birthday when it was released and i was automatically hooked!, its the funnest game ever, best game for the ps2 ever made, it was so ahead of its time, shame they didn't release it for the 360 :( i have 2 copies and i am going to give it to my child to play ( boy obviously ) lol
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on 13 March 2014
A game with a varied and dramatic atmosphere.
Brilliant voices and movie type sequences.
An extension of the film itself.
A greatly detailed storyline based fighting adventure, with extra quests included.
You'll need a PS2 to play it though....!
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on 4 January 2015
This game is amazing I love it especially on 2 player split screen you & a freind will realy be able to feel like a warrior
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on 21 November 2014
Freezes a bit and stutters but works fine overall and a good game
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on 29 June 2015
couldn't really rate this as we only received the box
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on 9 December 2014
Amazing game,
Arrived so quickly.
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