Bloody Roar Primal Fury
Genre Action -> Fighting
Today's Rank 3137
Date N/A
Publisher Activision
Date 2002-05-03
Publisher Activision
The number of games which allow you to control a kung fu wererabbit can be counted on the fingers of one hand, namely Bloody Roar 1, 2 and 3. Although dismissed on the PlayStation as a fairly simplistic button-bashing version of Tekken, on the so far beat-'em-up-free GameCube the series' various charms are more easy to spot. The obvious gimmick is that your character can, with surprisingly little effort, transform into a werebeast of varying unlikeness. The tiger, lion and wolf fighters are all fairly predictable, but the sight of a giant anthropomorphic mole battling it out with what can only be described as Graham Norton crossed with a giant chameleon is one of the more peculiar visions the video gaming world can offer. Thankfully the graphics are really rather good and the controls work surprisingly well on the GameCube's rather beat-'em-up-unfriendly controller. With a second "ultra" beast mode and a fairly wide range of moves there is, in theory, a reasonable amount of complexity to the game. In practise, though, most people will just be mashing the buttons and enjoying the ride. Whether you take Bloody Roar: Primal Fury seriously or not, though, it's undeniably fun and just the thing to keep you going until Soul Calibur II arrives. --David Jenkins

- Platform: Nintendo GameCube
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Genre: Fighting
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