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on 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.