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Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble [PSP]





If you like eye lasers and banana suits you'll love this game!

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Just plain fun"

Summary

Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble is a game where your character strives to become No. 1 bancho in all of Japan while you and your classmates are on a 7 day field trip to Kyouto. When in Kyouto you and 40+ banchos are all fighting to become the top bancho, when engaging in a fight with a bancho a mini-game starts up where you and your rival fire laser eyes at each other proceeding with some smash talk where you have to Quickly memorize a phrase and then select the right phrase from a list of others. The fighting itself can be fully customized and when you beat a bancho you learn his special attack and also get his phone number so you can call him when you need help in battle with other banchos. Your character's appearance is also customizable from dreadlocks to a giant banana suit, you can also choose to partake in field trips with your class that usually end up with you fighting more banchos. While roaming the streets of Kyouto you'll run into thugs who when beaten will drop itineraries that let you know where their bosses are hanging out. When the 7 days are up you have the option to replay the game with all the skills and items you obtained from your previous game.
I found this game to be highly enjoyable and am still playing it now, It's definatley worth a look just for the fact that Atlus and Spike have made a game that does'nt take itself too seriously and just wants the person playing to have a fun time. I hope this review has helped anyone thinking of buying the game.






If you're into delinquents, romance and UFO's, you should definitely check out this game.

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Worth playing"

Summary

Your name is Takashi Sakamoto, a powerful bancho. You're on a class trip to Kyouto for a week . You have your typical girl-who's-a-friend-but-not-really-a-friend and your sidekick-but-kinda-useless buddy joining you on your trip. Let's not forget the usual you're-a-delinquent-and-I'm-going-to-tell-on-you anti-hero. When you arrive at Kyouto station, you meet a bancho who claims to be superior to you. After beating him up, you decide you want to conquer all of Japan by defeating the rest of the bancho that are on this school trip.

That's the plot, but, you can also do whatever you want, such as build a relationship with one of the three girls.

Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble has a lot to offer. It has an interesting loading screen which, instead of boring you to death, tells you interesting information about Japan and the "way of the bancho". This segment is called "Bancho 101". It's a lighthearted game, where you can either decide to take it easy or beat up delinquents. Careful, though. If you take it TOO easy, your "manliness rating" will go down.

You can buy new clothes, a new hairstyle, and even win a banana suit and a mock gundam suit at some point.

Unfortunately, that's really all it is. When it comes to combat, the game doesn't have much to offer. Aside from the special attacks called "local specialties", the combat is dull and repetitive. You can change your moves in the menu, but it will get old at some point. The storyline is not that engaging either. You'll need to look up guides if you want to follow a particular storyline, because nothing indicates where you should go, aside from annoying text messages sent every half hour.

But on the bright side, Kenka Bancho definitely has replay value. You can transfer your levels and all of your items and achievements to a New Game+. Unfortunately, you're going to have to re-defeat all of the banchos that you fought in your previous playthrough.

All in all, I do recommend that you buy this game. Don't expect a deep story or touching moments. This is a game made for humour, not for substance.




One bancho to rule them all. Do it in style!

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Hard to describe"

Summary

If you're looking for a deep, detailed, and immersive game than you probably wont find it in "Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble". However, what this game does provide is hours of fun, action-packed and rather funny gameplay.

You play as a badass character from a prefecture in Japan. You are a bancho, the best and strongest fighter in your school of said prefecture. You have come to Kyouto on a school trip to learn the history of the land, but instead you manage to get yourself into fight after fight, seeking to become the strongest fighter in all of Japan.
As luck (or misfortune?) would have it, banchos from other prefectures are in Kyouto as well, giving you a prime opportunity to prove your skills!

The combat in the game, while classified as a "fighter", doesn't offer as much as your typical fighting game. There aren't a wealth of different combo attacks to unleash upon your unsuspecting foe, and instead you are given only a few different types of attacks but you are able to customize their appearance and effectiveness. Want to make a fighter who enjoys slapping his opponents like a sissy, than piledrives them backwards to the ground and kicks them in the gut? Go for it. The possibilities of creating a fighting style all your own are nearly limitless.
Does this mean combat is boring and repetitive without a flurry of combos to use? Honestly, it does get a bit repetitive, but it's definitely not boring.
Though you're also able to customize your character's appearance. There are many types of outfits, hair styles and faces to choose from to create a unique character. Of course, you could simply run around town in the widely-advertised and equally "terrifying" banana suit. Yes, humiliate your opponents by beating them in such a... disturbing outfit.

You have seven days to fight all of the other school's banchos that you can. You'll have to budget your time accordingly as not only do you only have a week to complete your objective, but you also only have a certain amount of time during the day. If you've played a Japanese school dating simulator than you'll be familiar with this aspect.
Almost everything takes time so you'll have to be careful with it. Want to fight a bancho in another prefecture? You'll have to take the bus, subway, or taxi to get there... However, not each mode of transportation has the same station, plus they all cost different amounts of money, and they all take different amounts of time (and more time depending on how far you're going from your current location).
It's not a difficult task to budget your time, and it's not particularly frustrating either. If anything it adds to the atmosphere of the game. After all, you're still a school student, and this makes you feel that way.

In short, "Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble" isn't an amazing or innovative game. It isn't something that's going to break the mold in the genre. What it is, however, is a fun, action-packed, humorous and highly-customizable "fighting RPG" with enough flair and replayability to please almost any PSP fan with a passion for Japanese anime-styled gaming.




Good game, but has abit of abit of roughness to it.

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Grows on you"

Summary

First off this game is good, and does mostly focus on the strong point of the game which is the fighting. I noticed as you level up your bancho level or fight and beat other Banchos, you get better and stronger moves from it. Now that is is out of the way I do have some serious cons about this game, and I feel these things should of been addressed abit. First off the time for each day goes by alittle to fast, and sometimes when your in the heat of a minor fight with peons when the clock reaches afternoon time or night time, the fight ends as if their was no fight at all. I do have to admit they do make up for it with the Night out Mode, which allows you to get extra money, bancho soul to increase your stats, and offers you same fair challenge with the lack of other people walking the streets, music, and be nice to fight banchos as well and raise your bancho as well. Their is very very little voice acting as it's minor grunts, giggles, and stuff like that. The game does allow you to get multiple endings, has it's own achievement system which can offer nice little goodies, and it's not just men in it as it has cute school girls. Overall the game is nice, the replay value is abit low, and this more of a game you can play, beat, put it in the collection, then sometime down the road play it again to get a different ending.




Game spot made it look okay but it is more than okay

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Rocks"

Summary


The good stuff:It is an awesome game though it was hard to find. This game you are supposed to beat the game multiple times til you mastered it and I beat it my 3rd time and I still have more to go. Each time you beat the game takes about 4 hours.
It is an open world game taking place in a small town is Japan and your on a class field trip. You get to customize your person, fight other people, and if you want get a girlfriend.
The graphics are not bad but not very good but you get used to it, it makes games with great graphics look like the best graphics.
It is a funny game so if you want a few good puns to say to people so you sound funny I would recommend this game for you.
The bad stuff:The controls are a little sticky but you get used to it.
Its background has very little noise and the only noise is cars stopping, people screaming,and your menchi beam (Find out what that is in the game).

I am now done with the review and I hope you buy the game because you will probably enjoy this game so bye



7.0

Great
7.1
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