|Developer: Rockstar Toronto
Release Date: Out Now
Rockstar’s conversion of successful PS2 games to its smaller cousin continues with the film adaptation The Warriors. It follows the fictional small-time Coney island gang as they build up their rep, are invited to a New York gang meet and subsequently set up for the murder of the main boss.
Graphically the game looks quite similar to the original; everything looks seedy, dark and corrupt, right up to Coney’s famous fairground. The environments are just as interactive and you can pick up and assault people with pretty much anything you can see on-screen. Although the graphics look as good as the PS2 version and show no signs of slowing down when the action all kicks off, the detail often gets obscured with GTA-style motion blurring. Although I’d prefer this to slowdown, when you combine the blurring with the dark visuals sometimes it makes it almost impossible to see what’s going on.
One slightly miffing point was the way you can order your ‘troops’ around. You can order them to follow you, protect you, trash/steal everything in sight or just start a big old brawl, all by holding the select button. The only problem comes when the game quickly switches from you tagging a wall to being in the middle of a big punch-up. To switch between the various team commands you have to hold down the select button as it scrolls between them, leaving you vulnerable to attacks.
In addition to the wide scope Warriors gives you to cause havoc, the New York Rockstar have created isn’t just a 2D linear environment; civilians will run to the police and report you if they see you committing a crime, residents will shout abuse at you from their apartments if you’re fighting or robbing a shop. There are innumerable minor touches and attention to detail which make it feel like you’re roaming a living, breathing and brutal city.
- Great combat system
- Nice graphics and sound
- Controls converted well to PSP
- Loads of game modes
- Lots of motion blur
- Very dim visuals
- Some controls still manage to be a little fiddly