Artist: Video Game ReviewTitle: The Warriors (Video Game)Rating: 4 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Boudreaux
The Warriors, the quintessential Hip-Hop flick with no actual Hip-Hop in it, save for a graffiti tagging character named Rembrandt. When word of its getting the video game treatment initially spread, a mixture of excitement and dread hit most aficionados of the classic B-movie. Thankfully, Rockstar Games spared no detail in bringing the The Warriors (Rockstar; PS2) video game to reality, impressively.
Game play is intuitive, especially for the millions no doubt familiar with past Rockstar titles like the assortment of Grand Theft Auto games. Players can choose to wreak havoc in Rumble Mode or play in the linear Story mode. You can also bop your way throughout the game while alternately playing as any of the Warriors; steady leader Swan, the brash Ajax, the doomed Cleon, etc. Although the game can be easily finished in a weeks time, if not less, the ability to replay levels and various side adventures maximize the games replay value..
Besides eventually replaying the events of the original flick, the game provides a nice back story to the origins of the Warriors gang and how they earned their rep on the streets of Coney Island. Late 70s slang is thick with horny gang members freely relaying their desires for some new wool or calling those unfortunate to be left in their paths wimps. Side adventures like crossing out rival gangs burners are another nice touch along with vintage images of NYC when it was truly the Rotten Apple.
With its M rating this game isnt for the faint of heart (come on, the film was rated R) since what it lacks in gunplay it makes up for in lead pipes, machetes and baseball bats. After 25 plus years, The Warriors, in all its forms, still holds its rep. Come out and play.