The Warriors (video game)

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The Warriors
North American cover of the PlayStation 2 version of The Warriors.
Developer Rockstar Toronto
Rockstar Leeds (PSP)
Publisher Rockstar Games
Platform PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable
Release date PS2 & Xbox
NA: October 17, 2005
EU: October 21, 2005

NA: February 12, 2007
EU: February 23, 2007

The Warriors is a video game published by Rockstar Games, based on the 1979 film The Warriors (which in turn, is based on the 1965 novel of the same name).

The game, which follows the Coney Island-based street gang The Warriors, was released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox platforms. A PlayStation Portable port was later developed by Rockstar Leeds and released in 2007. Upon its release, the game received a largely positive reception from critics.


[edit] Plot

See also: the plot of the film

The Warriors video game mostly focuses on the development of The Warriors, a street gang based in Coney Island. The Warriors are most well-known for being framed for the murder of Cyrus, the leader of the biggest gang in the city, the Riffs, though the video game begins 90 days prior to this.

The video game focuses on The Warriors as they attempt to build their reputation, battling against gangs such as the Hi-Hats, the Hurricanes, and the Turnbull AC's. The video game also follows The Warriors' battles against their Coney rivals the Destroyers, who are not seen in the The Warriors film. After defeating the Destroyers, The Warriors help Bensonhurst-based gang the Saracens frame their rivals, the Jones Street Boys, which gets The Warriors onto the Riffs' network and ultimately gets them invited to the meeting.

Four levels in the video game closely follow the events of the film, though with certain changes made to accommodate player's interaction with the levels.

The game also features five flashback levels, which reveal how Cleon and Vermin formed The Warriors, and how the gang's most prominent members (Swan, Cowboy, Ajax, Snow, Fox and Cochise) joined.

[edit] Development

It was first revealed that Rockstar Games was working on The Warriors in 2002. The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of the game were developed by Rockstar Toronto, who were previously known as Rockstar Canada.[1] Promotion of the game was aided by its appearance at E3 2005.[2][3]

The game was later ported to the PlayStation Portable platform, and developed by Rockstar Leeds. This was first announced in October 2006, and Rockstar Leeds worked with original developers Rockstar Toronto in order to make the port easier.[4] Due to the PlayStation Portable being a handheld platform, differences to gameplay came about as a result of the port, such as the control configuration receiving a drastic change.[5]

[edit] Gameplay

The Warriors is a third-person action game, with special attention paid to the fighting aspect of the genre. Players control gang members, most often members of The Warriors street gang. The player is considered the "Warlord" while playing, and is always accompanied by at least one additional gang member; the player can issue commands to these fellow gang members.

The game takes place on the streets of New York City, which offers a wide variety of diverse settings. The player can interact with almost every piece of the environment; even something as minor as a wooden box may be broken down into smaller pieces of debris and smaller weapons. Other prominent actions that can be taken on by the player include "tagging" (creating graffiti), stealing from shops and cars, and mugging civilians. Completing these actions earn the player points, which count towards unlocking soldiers, arenas and game modes for Rumble Mode, the game's free-for-all multiplayer mode. Multiplayer mode can also be initiated during regular missions in the game, as the appearance of at least two gang members in each level allows for co-operative play.

As the game is based on street gangs, a focus is placed on violent situation and gang warfare, which is seen by the amount of weapons available for use throughout the game. The player has only a limited amount of health, though they can replenish their health by purchasing the drug "flash" and using it; this can also be used to revive fallen allies.

[edit] Release and reception

The Warriors was originally slated for release during the fourth quarter of 2004. However, this was changed to a first quarter 2005 release,[6] and later changed again to a June 2005 release.[7] Ultimately, on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox platforms, The Warriors was released on October 17, 2005 in North America. The European release of the video game came several days later, on October 21.[8][9] Upon its release, the game received largely positive reviews. IGN rated the game 8.7/10, classifying it as "Great". IGN's review of the game praised it's "robust" multiplayer component, "strong storyline" and "strong soundtrack", though it also noted that the game's "graphics are pretty dated".[10] GameSpot offered a similarly positive review, rating the game 8.6/10 and praising it for its "enjoyably unpredictable" combat and calling it a "well-written, entertaining 12-hour game".[11] 1UP, who gave the game a "B+", mostly lent its praise to Rockstar Games for providing The Warriors gang with "some much-needed depth and character", though it also noted that at times, the game is "inconsistent".[12] On Metacritic, the PlayStation 2 version of the game holds a rating of 84/100,[13] while the Xbox version of the game holds a rating of 85.[14]

When the game was later ported to the PlayStation Portable platform, it was released on February 12, 2007 in North America, and February 23, 2007 in Europe.[15] The PlayStation Portable version of The Warriors received a similarly positive reaction to its PlayStation 2 and Xbox counterparts; on Metacritic it holds a rating of 81/100, which suggests "Generally favorable reviews".[16]

[edit] Controversy

In The Warriors, the character of Cyrus is voiced by Michael Potts; Roger Hill, who portrayed Cyrus in the 1979 film The Warriors declined to reprise the role for the video game. Hill later sued the distributor of the game for using his likeness and the character of Cyrus. The publisher replied that they owned a valid third-party license to use Hill's likeness in the game.[17]

[edit] References

  1. "Take-Two Delivers The Warriors" on IGN
  2. "Pre-E3 2005: The Warriors: From Film to Game" on IGN
  3. "The Warriors" on IGN
  4. "Rockstar Games Announces The Warriors for the PSP System" on IGN
  5. "The Warriors Hands-on" on IGN
  6. "Take-Two Internal Shufflings" on IGN
  7. "Dirty Dozen: The Franchise" on IGN
  8. "Rockstar Games Ships The Warriors" on IGN
  9. "The Warriors Release Information for PlayStation 2" on GameFAQs
  10. "The Warriors - PlayStation 2 Review" at IGN
  11. "The Warriors Review" on GameSpot
  12. "The Warriors Review for PS2" on 1UP
  13. "The Warriors for PlayStation 2" on Metacritic
  14. "The Warriors for Xbox" on Metacritic
  15. "The Warriors Release Information for PSP" on GameFAQs
  16. "The Warriors for PSP" on Metacritic
  17. "Take-Two Sued... Again" on IGN
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