Set in a
post apocalyptic world where the Earth is barren and the strong survive
by preying on the weak, the series follows the journey of Kenshiro, the
successor of Hokuto Shinken, "Divine Fist of the North Star", a secret
martial arts style that allows its practitioner to destroy an opponent's
body from within by striking into their secret channeling points, often
resulting in a violent and gruesome death. Kenshiro uses his skills to
protect the weak and innocent against the numerous villains that threaten
Love that Fist of The
North Star art style.
No Ken (known as Fist of the North Star in America) is a 2D
fighter made by Arc System Works, best known for their amazing work on the Guilty Gear
series. The game is based on
the first half of the original manga (vol. 1-16), using the characters
as they were depicted in the 1980's anime series. The voices of the playable
characters are all performed by the original voice actors from the anime,
with the exception of Kenshiro and Rei, whom are both played by new actors.
High-res sprites from the
team that brought you Guilty Gear!
has a Seven Stars Gauge. By performing attacks, the gauge can be lowered and
once empty, a final "death star" will light up and the enemy player can
perform a "Fatal KO technique" that finishes of the opponent similar to
the "Instant Kill" moves from Guilty Gear. Unlike in Guilty Gear, where
you could boost any number of times, Hokuto no Ken has a gauge that limits
the number of boosts a player can perform, however, the boost is much more
powerful than the one in Guilty Gear.
Hokuto No Ken seems like a dream come true for
any fan of the (Fist of the North Star) series. The artwork and animation
is well don, and the gameplay system looks flashy, but I hear it's a bit
unbalanced. I do like how you can launch your opponent into the wall
and continue with a combo though, looks pretty sweet. And no, I still haven't gotten around to
playing it myself. ~TFG