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"Fight like an animal"
— Official tagline

Bloody Roar: Primal Fury, also known as Bloody Roar Extreme in Japan, is a fighting video game developed by Eighting in 2002. It is a side story set between Bloody Roar 3 and 4.

It features a new artistic direction, in particular in the design of the fighters which done away the urban style from previous installments for modern and sporty looks.


Plot

"During the Age of Feuding between humans and Zoanthropes, a new kingdom was born.

Founded upon and dream of peace and equality, for both, the new land attracted scores of Zoanthropes from far and wide. However, the kingdom was young, and heavily relied upon its Zoanthrope army for security and on its special brigade of Zoanthrope mercenaries for income. Even more troublesome for the infant nation were rumors of cruel experiments being carried out on Zoanthropes to uncover the secret behind their ability to transform into fighting beasts. Though nearly everyone, both Zoanthrope and human alike, strongly opposed these experiments, no one could prove that they were actually taking place, much less who was responsible for them.

In an effort to bring the nation together and show off the power of their Zoanthrope army and mercenary brigade, the kingdom decided to sponsor the ultimate Zoanthrope fighting tournament. The winner would not only earn the title "Zoanthrope Champion," but also take home a handsome cash prize. If only the participants knew what was really awaiting them..."

BEST VIDEOGAME INTROS EVER - BLOODY ROAR PRIMAL FURY

BEST VIDEOGAME INTROS EVER - BLOODY ROAR PRIMAL FURY

Bloody Roar : Primal Fury Opening

Extreme - Intro

Extreme - Intro

Opening

Gameplay

Bloody Roar: Primal Fury retakes mostly of the gameplay of his predecessor, Bloody Roar 3, as the Beast Form and their Beast Drives are still at the center of the fighting system as well as the previous six-buttons commands: Punch, Kick, Throw, Beast Transformation, Side-step with the addition of a seventh command: Hyper Beast Transformation.

In comparison with the last entry, the combo of Bloody Roar: Primal Fury were slightly to remove the necessity of pressing two buttons at once.

The arenas are also much more interactive, with multiple fighting rings and walls that can break at any time during a match.

One of the most notorious new ability, it's to morph into Hyper Beast Form at any time but with the cost of losing your health point if your Beast jauge is not full.

Development

With the game director Kenji Fukuya as its charge, the development of Primal Fury began shortly after Bloody Roar 3, in 2001. They were a team of 20 programmers and 3D artists. The company chose the Gamecube, for their first entry of the series on a Nintendo game console because the hardware itself praising the advanced lighting abilities, complex shading schemes, and pure graphics.[1]

Hoping to make the most visually beautiful entry to date, all 14 characters from Bloody Roar 3 have been completely re-modeled with some arenas from the same game.

In the process of adapting the series to a new console, the combo system was simplified slightly to remove any cases where the player would have to press two buttons at once. A system for handling sloppy input was also incorporated to make the game more playable with the analog stick.

X-box port

In 2003, Eighting/Hudson ports Bloody Roar: Primal Fury on X-box, with adjustments : Updated graphic engine, CGI opening and ending and a new character for the Western market : Fang the Wolf.

In this Version, Cronos and Ganesha are accessible since the very beginning of the game.

Game Features

  • Arcade
  • Versus
  • Time Attack
  • Survival
  • Team Battle
  • VS Team Battle
  • Training
  • Com Battle
  • Movie Player
  • Extra Option
  • Option

Characters & Locations

List of Characters
Returning Fighters
Alice the Rabbit  · Bakuryu the Mole  · Busuzima the Chameleon  · Gado the Lion  · Jenny the Bat  · Long the Tiger  · Shenlong the Tiger  · Shina the Leopard  · Stun the Insect  · Uriko the Half-Beast  · Xion the Unborn  · Yugo the Wolf
Returning Unlockable Fighters
Kohryu the Iron Mole  · Uranus the Chimera
New Unlockable Fighters
Cronos the Penguin  · Ganesha the Elephant
List of Locations
Stages
Asian Gate  · Chinese Temple  · Freeway  · Aircraft Carrier  · Midnight Rooftop  · Back Alley  · Aquarium
Unlockable Stages
Indian Palace  · Evil Laboratory  · Chaos Laboratory


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Roster

Reception

Aggregate score
Aggregator Score GC Score Xbox
Metacritics 75% [2] 61% [3]
Review scores
Publication Score GC Score Xbox
GameSpot 7.2/10 [4] 6.5/10 [5]
GameSpy 3/5 [6]
Gaming Trend 78/100 [7] 73/100 [8]
IGN 7.7/10 [9] 7.3/10 [10]
Jeuxvideo.com 15/20 [11] 15/20 [12]
The Fighters Generation 6.1/10[13]
ZTGD 9.5/10[14]

Bloody Roar : Primal Fury received the most positive reviews for the series from the critics. On Metacritic, Primal Fury holds a rating of 75%, based on 27 reviews [2].

Primal Fury has sold 180 000 copies around the world outside Japan and Extreme 40 000 copies [15] [16]. His biggest competitor around it release date, Tekken 4, has sold 3.44 millions of copies [17].

Matt Casamissa from IGN [9] wrote that Primal Fury is " a lot of fun to play -- tight control mixed with a fair amount of moves and combos (but not enough), and then the strategic element of beast transformations, proves very addictive." He congratulated the visual updates but, like he said : "still not on the level of Soul Calibur 2 or Dead or Alive 3." He also specifies that compared to all the fighting games ever released on Nintendo 64 is a superior entry and a good start for the Nintendo GameCube.

The Xbox port, Extreme, was less well-welcomed with a rating of 61% based on 22 reviews on Metacritic [3]. Despite being "easily the best version of the game yet", as told by Justin Thompson from IGN [10], with its "extra character over the GameCube version, improved graphics and the addition of CG endings for each of the characters", the game suffers of the comparison with other fighting games available on X-box.

Packaging Artwork

Official Artworks

See: Bloody Roar : Primal Fury/Extreme (official artwork)

Unlockables

  • Ganesha, Indian Palace Stage - Beat the arcade mode once.
  • Cronos, Evil Laboratory Stage, Com Battle - Beat the arcade mode twice.
  • Kohryu - Get to Stage 5 in arcade mode without continuing. Then you'll face him. Beat the rest of Arcade Mode.
  • Uranus, Chaos Laboratory Stad - Beat Uranus in Survival Mode. She's always the 16th opponent.
  • Yugo's Fang costume - Beat arcade mode with All characters (Uranus and Kohryu included). After you're done go to the Character selection screen on Yugo and changes the costume until you get him.
  • Kid mode (Short body, Big head and arms) - Beat the arcade mode 3 times.
  • Big Head mode - Beat the arcade mode 4 times.
  • Big Arms mode - Beat the arcade mode 5 times.
  • No Wall mode - Beat the arcade mode 6 times.
  • Weak Wall mode - Beat the arcade mode 7 times.
  • Breakable walls in the Final Round - Beat the arcade mode 8 times.
  • Slow motion mode - Beat the arcade mode 9 times.
  • Speedy Game mode - Beat the arcade mode 10 times.

Trivia

  • Though Bloody Roar : Primal Fury on Nintendo Gamecube is compatible with the console Nintendo Wii. Bloody Roar Extreme on X-box isn't compatible with the X-box 360, unless installed with Backward compatibility.
  • The Fang outfit for Yugo was not included in the Western Nintendo GameCube release though he was included in the Japanese version, and also the Western and Japanese port on the Xbox.
  • It was the first game of the series to release in the North American market before the Japanese one and to not have an arcade version.
  • In April 2001, the Bloody Roar Official Japanese site launch a poll where fans were asked what Beast form they like to see. Among the top ten result number 4 was a Penguin and number 7 an Elephant. The poll can be assimilated to the origin of Cronos and Ganesha. Top ten : a Dragon, a Bird, the Four Symbol (Azure Dragon, Vermilion Bird, White Tiger & Black Turtle), a Penguin, a Fox, a Bear, an Elephant (or a Mammoth), a Kangaroo, a Dinosaur (Tyrannosaurus), a Snake
  • Among the fan community, Bloody Roar: Primal Fury inspires a debate if the game is a sequel or a port of Bloody Roar 3.

External Links

Citations

  1. http://ca.ign.com/articles/2002/02/15/interview-bloody-roar-primal-fury
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.metacritic.com/game/gamecube/bloody-roar-primal-fury
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox/bloody-roar-extreme
  4. https://www.gamespot.com/reviews/bloody-roar-primal-fury-review/1900-2857550/
  5. https://www.gamespot.com/reviews/bloody-roar-extreme-review/1900-6029018/
  6. http://xbox.gamespy.com/xbox/bloody-roar-extreme/5887p1.html
  7. http://gamingtrend.com/feature/reviews/bloody-roar-primal-fury-review/
  8. http://gamingtrend.com/feature/reviews/bloody-roar-extreme-review/
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://uk.ign.com/articles/2002/03/14/bloody-roar-primal-fury
  10. 10.0 10.1 https://ca.ign.com/articles/2003/05/27/bloody-roar-extreme-review
  11. http://www.jeuxvideo.com/articles/0000/00002123_test.htm
  12. http://www.jeuxvideo.com/articles/0000/00003804_test.htm
  13. http://www.fightersgeneration.com/games/bloodyroar-primalfury.html
  14. http://www.ztgd.com/reviews/bloody-roar-primal-fury/
  15. http://www.vgchartz.com/game/223/bloody-roar-primal-fury
  16. http://www.vgchartz.com/game/222/bloody-roar-extreme/?region=All
  17. http://www.vgchartz.com/game/2345/tekken-4/
Bloody Roar Series
Main Series Bloody RoarBloody Roar 2Bloody Roar 3Bloody Roar 4
Related Games Bloody Roar: Extrem/Primal FuryDreamMix TV World Fighters
Characters Alice the RabbitBakuryu (Ryuzo) the MoleBakuryu (Kenji) the MoleBusuzima the ChameleonCronos the PenguinFang the WolfGado the LionGanesha the ElephantGreg the GorillaHans the FoxJenny the BatKohryu the Iron MoleLong the TigerMana the NinetailMitsuko the BoarNagi the SpuriousReiji the CrowRyoho the DragonShenlong the TigerShina the LeopardStun the InsectUranus the ChimeraUriko the CatXion the UnbornYugo the Wolf
Other Media Bloody Roar: The Fang (manga)