On October 30th will be the blog’s 6 month anniversary and to celebrate the upcoming event, on the day, I will hold a little trivia competition.
The competition will be a Hokuto no Ken/Fist of the North Star trivia quiz, as the game to the series will be released in europe a week later, so I will be giving away several custom Hokuto no Ken/Hokuto Musou wallpapers made by me.
If you want to take part in this competition, tune in to this blog site on the 30th October and read the rules carefully and I’ll see you all there!
I am glad to announced that I have joined forces with Hokutodestiny.com to provide the latest in Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) information and updates.
Due to my popular massive preview of Hokuto Musou (Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage), they have offered me a admin place in the website’s official Facebook fan page, I couldn’t say no really!
The website is mainly an Italian site but it’s well known for the latest in Hokuto no Ken information, I am one of the few “English” staff for the more international audience so if you join the fan page and see an post in English, it’s probably me who has done that.
If you want to join the website and Facebook fan page, follow these links:
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Here is my full preview of the upcoming Koei game, Hokuto Musou or Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage in the English version
The game’s style of play should be familiar to most Koei players, if you have played Dynasty Warriors or Samurai Warriors, and like it, you will like this. Although if your new to this sort of thing, you could be disappointed but we never know, you may love it after playing it for a couple of days.
The game is based on the 80s japanese anime series, Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star).
In a post-apocalyptic world after the nuclear war, the human race is in a desperate struggle to survive, they will do anything to live, steal, attack, even kill to gain power, money, food and water, it’s survival of the fittest but one man will fight to save the poor and destroy the power hungry gangs of this barren world, that man is Kenshiro.
Kenshiro is a master of a secret fighting art called Houkto Shinken, commonly translated as Divine Fist of the North Star, a deadly art in which should only be used if the user thinks it’s right to do so. He in search of his love, Yuria, who has been kidnapped by Shin, Kenshiro’s former friend now rival. Kenshiro also has another goal in mind, to defeat his brother, Raoh, who is “Conqueror of Century’s End” so the saying goes and is Kenshiro’s main rival.
Now….. If you heard or watched the anime, you will know that it’s very gory and has lots of blood with the odd nudity and rape so the anime is not for the faint-hearted but the game is a toned down version of the anime although the blood is still there so its still good for the fans at least
The music to the game is made by MASA, the man behind the Dynasty Warriors soundtracks so expect a mixture of orchestral and heavy rock, which kinda suits the theme of it.
The graphics looks quite detailed and the gameplay seems to be surprisingly fast, if you look past the slow movement that is. The voices can be altered in the european version from English to Japanese in the sound options which is good for fans, like myself.
There are alterations in the european version from the japanese version:
- More guts and gore
- The AI has been improved
- Hopefully some bugs fixed
- Slightly polished graphics
- The obvious english translation
The game has around 8 playable characters, good and evil characters, each with their own storylines when played in the story mode:
- Heart (DLC release only)
The game also contains the following modes in the Main Menu:
Legend Mode – A mode completely focused on the story on Kenshiro as he goes through the world until he fights his rival, Raoh
Dream Mode – This is basically a story mode for the other playable characters
Challenge Mode – Play against a continuous wave of enemies, it acts like a Survival Mode
Introduction Mode – Those new to the game can play this, it’s basically a Tutorial Mode
Gallery – This mode lets you view photos, renders, music and movies unlocked during playing the game’s modes
Options pretty much speaks for itself, alter sound, controls, enable health gauges, translations of voices from English to Japanese and alter the level of blood and gore
The game is released in Europe on November 5th 2010 for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, with an American release possibly around the same date
If your a fan of the anime series or a DW/SW fan, this game is one for you and even if you haven’t even heard of it before, it’s worth having a crack at when it is released.
In the wise words of Kenshiro….. “You’re Already Dead!”
An update on Hokuto Musou coming to Europe:
- The logo you see is the official title for the English version of the game, Fist Of The North Star: Ken’s Rage
- It will be released in Europe is still TBA but rumours suggest is out in mid/late September
- It will be for both Xbox 360 and PS3
- Possible DLCs for it are still unknown
- Optional Japanese voice overs will be available so you can switch voices between English and Japanese, a good thing for the fans of the series
- Its been told that the AI in the European version will be improved but that could mean anything really
- The amount of blood and violence in the game has greatly increased, making this possibly a 15/18 age rating
- Legend Mode is basically the story mode of the game
- Dream Mode is like Legend Mode but this lets you witness the story of other characters
- Challenge Mode works just like most survival modes really
- Introduction Mode is technically a training mode for beginners to the game
- Gallery and Settings are self-explanatory
I hope this information answers a few questions.