> Fist of the North Star (Japanese title: Shin Seikimatsu Kyuseishu Densetsu
Hokuto no Ken) revolves around a superhuman martial arts expert named Kenshiro
who literally makes people's heads explode. Of course, he's not the only
superhuman in this world and many enemies stand between him and his destiny.
Fist of the North Star is based on the anime/Manga series of the same name
and retains the same atmosphere. It's set in a post apocalyptic world where
peace is a very rare thing. The game is basically a 2D side scrolling beat
'em up with tons of boss encounters and random enemies inbetween. The main
appeal of this game is its brutal difficulty. Bosses can kill you very
quickly. You also only get one life, which makes this game very challenging.
> Ken can power up his power bar while fighting normal enemies and eventually
become even stronger with faster and more powerful attacks. He can punch
many times in a row really fast in a single attack, which is great. You
need to use this move to finish some bosses, which can be tricky because
they hit hard. There's an overworld map where Ken can choose his next destination.
It pays to explore different locations because you gain power ups. This
makes the game a bit more like an RPG.
> Last Battle was one of six Sega Genesis launch titles in America, but
don't waste your time with the U.S. or EU versions of this game. The exploding
heads and exploding bodies were cut, not to mention the English translation
butchers the story (the little story that there is anyway). Sega didn't
retain the Fist of the North Star license, so much was lost in translation.
Sega weren't known for cutting violence from games, but for some reason
the gore was cut. No matter. We can play the original version instead.
You don't need to understand the story to play the game, and it doesn't
take long to become familiar with the gameplay.
> The graphics are mediocre for the Genesis. The only thing that really
saves this game is the art style. The art looks very 80's. The game resembles
the anime/Manga it's based on. It's grim and gritty while being colorful
at the same time (albeit lacking color here). I'm avoiding the term cartoony
because that wouldn't be a fair way to describe it. Enemies don't seem
fully animated. They are like statues moving a few frames at a time, which
is really strange. Maybe that adds to the game's charm for a retro gamer.
Even for an early Genesis game, the graphics aren't great (especially when
compared to games like Golden
> What people may like or dislike about this game is if you miss an attack
you can be hit/countered quickly. The bosses can really punish mistakes
if you miss your attacks. You can punch or kick projectiles as well like
axes being thrown at you, and jump kick. My only real complaint here is
lack of moves. Ken is limited to punch and kick, jump kick or punch, and
> Nothing special here, other than there's different music for different
locations. You know when you are fighting bosses and entering a dungeon
because the music changes tempo to something more distinctive.
> I would only recommend this game to fans of the anime/Manga because they
will know what the hell is going on. You might find some enjoyable gameplay
here. There are tons of challenging boss fights. You really need to be
fast and land your attacks at the right time in the right way, lest you
meet an early grave. If you are looking for a challenge, then this game
will really test your skills.
> Fist of the North Star is only worth playing if you are a fan of the
anime/Manga and if you enjoy fighting challenging bosses. Everyone else
should steer clear.
Geoffrey Duke ~
7.0 | Graphics: 6.5 | Control: 7.5 | Sound: 7.0 | Fun: 7.0