[edit] Background

It's just another evening at a local bar, people are drinking and nothing seems out of the ordinary. Until, that is, members of a Special Forces strike team descend on the crowd and kidnap a young girl, Dominique. Trying to keep order as chaos erupts are the bar's three resident bouncers, Sion, Volt and Kou. What started off as a another night on the job soon turns into something much more sinister for these three door keepers!

[edit] Gameplay

The Bouncer combines heart-pounding action with Square's trademark storytelling skills and role-playing game (RPG) elements. The story begins at a bar as a bouncer named Sion is beginning his shift for the day. A quiet morning is abruptly interrupted when a break-in occurs and the intruders manage to kidnap Sion's friend Dominque. This begins a dangerous rescue mission, as Sion and his fellow bouncers travel far and wide in search of Dominique's kidnappers.

[edit] Features

  • Bilingual (English/Japanese) voiceover dialogue.
  • Fluid gameplay-to-full-motion-video transitions.
  • A complete 3D environment.
  • Fine details like realistic facial expressions and real life tatoos.
  • Three different game modes: Story, Versus, and Survival.
  • Up to 4 simultaneous players.

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Dark Arcanine blogged
Nov 17, 10 8:48am

The fourteenth round saw a short list of reviews facing off for the win, though that's not to say it was any less exciting! With quite a split round of voting, the result was no less than a four-way tie. Emerging from the group to claim the prize, Vergil Ties and his review for The Bouncer. Giving the beat-'em-up title a low score, he discusses how it may have great graphics, but that it lacks anything decent in the way of more vital elements such as plot and gameplay.

 The Bouncer     Score: 1.0/5
 Genre: Action Adventure

 Dreamfactory were way too busy jacking it to the graphics to actually program a video game. The Bouncer is a colossal failure and a waste of 2+ hours.

quote Vergil Ties
The Bouncer is one of those titles that Square are – or ought to be – embarrassed with. It was a piece of shit through and through with a laughably crap story and lackluster gameplay that failed to titillate the senses. Now, this was back during the PS2's launch, which wasn't exactly its best time, and there was pressure to make it seem like the next big thing in gaming. The Bouncer was meant to showcase the PS2's power, and while it certainly had some nice graphics, the game was a piece of shit. Don't ask me why people like it, because then I'll have to explain how people can stomach about half the shit on MTV, and I'm not that *bleep*ing smart! But enough procrastination – let's dive into this putrid pile of piss that verifies the fact that graphics do not make a game!

Bare witness to a damsel in distress plot, as our main character, Sion, and his bouncer buddies, Volt and Kou, all have to rescue Sion's good friend, Dominique, from a solar energy corporation. There. That's your entire story.
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Vergil Ties
Oct 19, 10 3:28pm

The Bouncer is one of those titles that Square are – or ought to be – embarrassed...

Jun 25, 09 7:44am
added 3 new concept art
Celes Leonhart
Jun 12, 09 5:18am
Don't understand the hate for this game, loved it TheBouncer
Feb 18, 09 2:50am
I will PAY -you- .70 cents to take this off my hands. TheBouncer
Miss Razz
Oct 14, 08 11:54am
added 22 new concept art
Dec 28, 07 5:54am
i would like this game if anyone has. TheBouncer
Nov 5, 05 10:41pm
Again bought preowned but i like it that much that im not selling this one on TheBouncer
Oct 29, 05 10:30am

After first playing the game through I was disappointed that it only took me an hour...

Feb 17, 05 4:19pm
beaten it TheBouncer
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Release Dates
  • North America: Mar 6, 2001
  • Japan: Dec 23, 2000
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