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  1. i would have liked more variety in the combat, maybe a few boss fights here and there to spice it up.

    Bosses are throwback to another era, they have no place in modern videogaming.

    As any fan of Metroid Prime, Wind Waker, Viewtiful Joe, REZ, Ikaruga and dozens of other fine games will no doubt agree with ;)

  2. Can someone clarify whether Don Niu was a man in the Japanese version? She (if she was always a she) never looked too feminine...

    It wasn't Don Niu - that was the big fat guy - but yes, in the Japanese version, the character you refer to was in fact a man with a penchant for ladies clothing, or so the story goes.

    What was 'her' name again? Huan, or something?

    That cut scene after you kicked 'her' ass was a great laugh. Another classy Ren moment. The scaling of the Yellow Head building is probably my favorite game sequence of all time.

  3. It's all about the characters and they're quite a bunch, even if they are an amalgam of various ones we know and love:

    Ryo, the ever dull hero on an understandable but dubious quest for vengeance, ignoring everything that may seek to distract him from it.

    Lishao Tao, basically Obi-Wan Kenobi but prettier. Concerned that Ryo will follow in her lost brother's footsteps and suffer a similar fate.

    Ren, basically Han Solo but a dozen times cooler. One of the greatest NPCs ever, he needs - no, demands - his own game.

    Joy, like Nozomi, she has a soft spot for our boy but Christ knows why. A true selfless friend.

    Don Niu, the terrifying offspring of Harold Shand and Sammo Hung, a ruthless, dangerous gang boss but ridiculous with it.

    Baihu, only in it for 5 minutes but inspires enough menace and dread to last a whole series of films...you just know that fucker will be back some day.

    Lan Di, his presence hangs over everything like a Kung Fu Keyser Soze.

    Shenhua. A girl. The girl.

    Hmm, that doesn't really tell you much, does it? Best not to though so instead, I'll just say this:

    For some reason, I have developed quite a taste for epic gaming moments of late. The final assault on the Yellow Head Building is probably the most epic gaming sequence I've ever played or witnessed. The hours leading up to it are confounding, bewildering, eye-opening. An innocent abroad, the tedious drudge of scraping out a living, making new friends, finding new enemies, danger and betrayal round every corner...an experience unlike virtually anything else.

    In a word, magnificent.

    Give this man a Pulitzer Price.

    Couldn't have said it any better.

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