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Hokuto No Ken
 

 
STORYSet 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 their survival.
 

Love that Fist of The North Star art style.

 
ABOUT
Hokuto 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!

 
Every player 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.
 

 
                    
 
                    

 

 

Page Updated: January 5th, 2015
Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher(s): Sega
Platform(s): Arcade, Playstation 2  ()
Release Date(s): Dec. 2005            ( Arcade)
Mar. 29th, 200   
( PS2)
Characters Kenshiro, Raoh, Toki, Jagi, Rei, Shin, Juda, Souther, Mr. Heart, Mamiya

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Final Words:

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 Webmaster  
 

 
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