Kengo: Master of Bushido

Ever wanted to master the ways of the mysterious orient? No, nor have I, really. I do, however, enjoy beating the crap out of people with sticks, though, and this game lets you do that! Wahey! Instead of the usual crazy characters and combos you get in most fighting games, this is an attempt at realism.

The game has a single player mode (where you develop your character enough to beat your dojo's "Master and Disciple" if you want to use it in tournament or battle mode), tournament mode (which is essentially a beat-everyone-as-fast-as-possible deal) and a two player versus mode. Your character's training involves a number of minigames, including cutting down bamboo stalks, zen meditation, extinguishing candles with a single swing of your sword, and catching a fly with a pair of chopsticks. OK, maybe not that last one.

Kengo is a reasonably fun game, but you need to know what you’re getting into – don’t expect to be able to hadoken someone into next week.

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