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Thread Author: Murikov
Thread ID: 4474
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Gang Wars. What do you think of it?
Wait a second, it indeed looks like Ninja Combat. I'm outta here. Wait a second, it indeed looks like Ninja Combat. I'm outta here. 0%[0 Votes]
Never played it, I may give it a try someday. Never played it, I may give it a try someday. 25%[1 Vote]
What a [insert random insult or other nasty stuff]. What a [insert random insult or other nasty stuff]. 0%[0 Votes]
Meh, I've seen worse and better beat 'em ups. Meh, I've seen worse and better beat 'em ups. 25%[1 Vote]
Suprisingly good game, way better than Ninja Combat! Suprisingly good game, way better than Ninja Combat! 25%[1 Vote]
The best Pre-Neo title, without a doubt! The best Pre-Neo title, without a doubt! 25%[1 Vote]
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Gang Wars - Game of the Week
Murikov
Welcome to the Game of the Week!

Now what's doing Jackie Chan on a flyer for a long forgotten Arcade Beat 'em Up by SNK's protégé ADK? I don't know either, but we can rest assured that neither Jackie Chan himself appears in the game nor somebody at SNK/ADK gave a s*** on copyright/trademarks back then in 1989. However, at least the second protagonist in Gang Wars is called Jackie, so there's room for speculations...

Be that as it may, when looking at Gang Wars' screenshots the first thing coming to mind clearly is Ninja Combat, a well-known Neo Geo beat 'em up with a fame for its hilarious ingame dialogues. In fact ADK made use of Gang Wars' sprites and animations for the infamous Ninja installment on the Neo Geo, so the similarity is no coincidence.

To make a clear picture of Gang Wars just think of Ninja Combat, replace the silly Ninja storyline with a traditional 80's revenge plot, add an interesting upgrading level system, cheesy villains and lots of weapons (including guns such as assault rifles and flame throwers as well).

Quite a shame ADK didn't come up with such ideas for its pseudo-sequel on the Neo Geo, isn't it?

Gang Wars

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Genre: Beat 'em Up
Players: 1-2
Size: n/a
Released on: Arcade, PSN

Brief Description:

Gang Wars is a 1989 2D beat 'em up developed by Alpha Denshi and published by SNK. Up to two players can control two different characters with different fighting styles. Players have access to a repertoire of techniques by pushing these buttons individually or in combination. Unlike the similar Double Dragon and other traditional beat 'em ups, Gang Wars has a feature for customizing three fighting statistics (Power, Speed and Guard) for both players. Players will earn a certain number of points for increasing their fighting statistics.

Screenshots:

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Reviews:

Gang Wars review by Tibe
Gang Wars review by Sean Madsen

Videos:

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shion
Yes, I love this game! More beat 'em ups & run 'n' guns for GOTW please. Smile (It gives me ideas for our weekly sessions on Kaillera)
 
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Chiba3010
Pretty weak effort by ADK. Mind you, I'm a fan of Ninja Combat among the minority at that but I feel NC is a lot more polished, cohesive and enjoyable. Gang Wars has some nice features in its stat adjustment and variety of useful weapons but for me, everywhere else it fails to impress. Its just... awkward. GW has some of the worst character designs of its genre (yes, even more so than NC), awful, repetitive voice samples, a weird disparity between the speed your character moves with and strikes with... Sub par, but not the bottom of the barrel (Brute Force, anyone?). As much as I love scrolling beat em ups, if I'd ever seen Gang Wars in an arcade back in the day, I'd be leery of giving it a try. Even played via emulation it's a chore and just looks and sounds too damn ugly to hold my interest for very long. Flawed as Ninja Combat might be, I find it a lot more fun to play than the tedium known as Gang Wars. Not one of ADK's finer moments, but there are worse examples of the genre out there.
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Lavabeast
Tobalman wrote:

Yes, I love this game! More beat 'em ups & run 'n' guns for GOTW please. Smile (It gives me ideas for our weekly sessions on Kaillera)


Speaking of which do you guys still play on the west wonderland server?
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