Is there such thing as too much manliness? Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 will punch you in the face and then whisper that question in your ear with this newly released launch trailer. That's right, Ken's Rage 2 is available today, the game created to accurately portray one man's rage, but required at least one sequel to do so. Pick it up on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, or wait around for the download-only Wii U version on February 7.
Here's a short-list of content and features that can be found within the game, barring the rage and manliness I've already described above:
- Legend mode follows the storyline of the entire manga, starting with a re-imagined version of ‘Raoh’ and covering ‘Celestial Emperor’ and ‘Land of Shura’. This faithful adaptation ensures that this mode can be enjoyed by both fans of the manga and new comers to Kenshiro’s post-apocalyptic world. Different characters will be controlled for each episode while ‘boss’ encounters will feature entire famous scenes from the manga, recreated in intricate detail.
- Over 20 playable characters will be available, including Falco, Shachi, Shew and Juza.
- New moves. The destructive power of the techniques of Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken meet the intense action of the Warriors series to produce a thrilling experience. In addition to the signature moves of the first title, new actions such as ‘sprint’ and ‘dodge’ have been added to the move sets.
- Dream Mode introduces new, original storylines to the Fist of the North Star Universe while bridging the gaps between parts of the main story, often focusing on some of the series’ minor characters.
- Online Co-Op and Versus play. For the first time, Dream Mode will be playable in co-op or versus play via the internet.
It's unfortunate that Ken's Rage 2 doesn't have Kinect support, because this might be the perfect game where yelling at the screen to boost your power. Seriously, Legend mode contains the entire storyline of the manga, including the chapters covered in the first Ken's Rage -- only expanded upon. There are some omissions, like the Ryu arcs, but that just leaves more time for Ken.
In the end, it's important to keep in mind Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is still a Dynasty Warriors-style game, but personally I think Fist of the North Star fits the genre perhaps even better than Dynasty Warriors does anymore. Powerful attacks, dudes exploding, and plenty of overly dramatic bromance cutscenes. Bring on Ken's Rage 2, it's out today.