Bloody Roar 4

Summary

Bloody Roar 4
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Bloody Roar 4 European cover art
Developer(s)Hudson Soft, Eighting
Publisher(s)Konami
Director(s)Kenji Fukuya
Producer(s)Takayuki Sō
Masato Toyoshima
Designer(s)Masaharu Tokutake
Nobuyuki Irie
Shoji Mizumoto
Tetsu Ozaki
Programmer(s)Jumpei Isshiki
Yūichi Ochiai
Artist(s)Mitsuakira Tatsuta
Composer(s)Yoshihiro Tsukahara
SeriesBloody Roar
EngineRenderWare
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
Release
  • NA: November 11, 2003
  • PAL: November 28, 2003
  • JP: May 27, 2004
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Bloody Roar 4[1] is a fighting game developed by Eighting and Hudson Soft in 2003. It is the fifth and final of the Bloody Roar games as well as the second game in the series to appear on the PlayStation 2, and the only game in the series to have received an M rating by ESRB due to the blood effects.

Gameplay

Like the previous games in the series, characters can transform into beasts during battle, using the beast gauge, slightly increasing their power. Unlike the other games, however, the beast gauge acts as its own separate health meter.

Plot

After the events of Bloody Roar 3, Xion, who is possessed by the Unborn, an evil spirit, attacks the dragon temple, awakening the dragon. The dragon is a weapon of Gaia, the Earth's will, and is supposed to awaken in the presence of evil. However, if freed too long, it can inadvertently destroy the world itself. The dragon is successfully resealed by the temple's head miko at the cost of her life, leaving the late miko's sister, Mana, to watch over the seal in Ryoho, the temple's priest and the vessel of the dragon. Other than attacking the temple, Xion also stabs a woman named Nagi, imbuing her with his power as well as that of Gaia's, making her both his lifesaver and enemy.

A year later, the dragon is about to break free again, causing disturbances among the zoanthropes triggering earthquakes. Each of the zoanthropes investigate and eventually find the source in the dragon temple. In some cases, Ryoho and Mana invite them to help strengthen the seal, while others come on their own accord. In most of the characters' endings, Mana manages to seal the dragon and Ryoho comes out alive. In Nagi's ending, in addition to sealing the dragon and saving Ryoho, she kills Xion and the Unborn. In Xion's ending, the Unborn is killed, but not before murdering Ryoho and the dragon. In Reiji's ending, the confrontation at the temple ends with him murdering Ryoho and the dragon.

Characters

The game features eighteen playable characters. Four are new additions:

  • Nagi Kirishima, the Spurious: A human who becomes entangled with the zoanthrope conflict when Xion stabbed her during his rampage on the dragon temple. The incident not only bequeathed her with Xion's essence, thus branding her his clone, but also the power of Gaia, the Earth's will who opposes Xion.
  • Reiji, the Crow: A former member of the Yatagarasu, a clan protecting the dragon temple. He went fugitive after killing his father and became a hedonist who messes around zoanthropes for fun.
  • Ryoho and Mana: Two guardians of the dragon temple. Ryoho is a priest who is secretly a vessel for Gaia's dragon, whereas Mana is a young nine-tailed fox tasked to keep the dragon's seal. In gameplay, the two work in tandem, with Mana serving as the zoanthrope transformation.
  • Ryoho, the Dragon: The character is Ryoho after he is possessed by the dragon. He is no longer accompanied by Mana and instead has his own zoanthrope transformation.

The other fourteen return from previous games:

  • Yugo Ogami, the Wolf.
  • Alice Tsukagami, the Rabbit.
  • Alan Gado, the Lion.
  • Long, the Tiger.
  • Uriko Nonomura, the Cat.
  • Bakuryu, the Mole.
  • Stun, the Insect.
  • Shina, the Leopard.
  • Jenny Burtory, the Bat.
  • Hajime Busuzima, the Chameleon.
  • Shenlong, the Tiger.
  • Xion, the Unborn.
  • Kohryu, the Iron Mole.
  • Uranus, the Chimera.

Audio

The Japanese voice cast includes Akimitsu Takase as Yugo, Ruri Asano as Alice, Akira Ishida as Bakuryu, Yuki Hamano as Uriko, Kenji Hamada as Shenlong, Ayaka Kodama as Jenny, Akio Ōtsuka as Gado, Tōru Ōkawa as Stun, Shōto Kashii as Busuzima, Mitsuaki Madono as Xion, Nao Takamori as Nagi, Masakazu Suzuki as Reiji, Naomi Kusumi as Ryoho, Ema Kogure as Mana, Naoki Bandō as Long, Atsuko Tanaka as Marvel/Shina, Takeshi Aono as Kohryu and Eriko Fujimaki as Uranus. The English voice cast includes Rob Narita as Yugo, Rumiko Varnes as Alice, Raj Ramayya as Bakuryu, Lynn Harris as Uriko, David Schaufele as Shenlong, Alison Noonan as Jenny, Murray Johnson as Gado, Ward Sexton as Stun, Micheal Rhys as Busuzima, Walter Roberts as Xion, Erica Ash as Nagi, Eric Kelso as Reiji, Angus Waycott as Ryoho, Helen Morrison as Mana, Chris Wells as Long, Karen Lee as Shina, Greg Irwin as Kohryu and Donna Burke as Uranus.

Reception

Bloody Roar 4 has received average reviews from critics, with aggregate review website GameRankings assigning a score of 60%.[2]

References

  1. ^ Bloody Roar 4 (ブラッディロア4, Buraddi Roa Fō)
  2. ^ "Bloody Roar 4 for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 January 2018.

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