The Warriors First Look

We check out Rockstar's well-received console brawler on the PSP.

Making a game based on a cult '70s film for modern consoles may seem like a tall order. Although today's audiences may not connect with its source material, Rockstar Games has managed to make 2006's The Warriors work. The PlayStation 2 and original Xbox title offered an updated twist on the old-school brawler formula and married it to the classic film. The game even went the extra mile and scored the participation of some original cast members to voice original content that expanded on the movie. The fine folks at Rockstar are bringing the console experience to the PSP with a portable version of the adventure for those who might have missed it. We had the chance to check out a near-final version of the game to see how it's shaping up on its new home.

The Warriors invade the PSP in a sharp-looking portable version of the console game.

If you're unfamiliar with the game or film it's based on, here's a quick primer on just what The Warriors is all about: The game is based on the 1970 Walter Hill movie that adapted Sol Yurick's 1965 debut novel. The movie and novel focus on a night in the life of a gang struggling to get back to its turf after being marked for an unpleasant death. And why is this gang marked for death? It seems that it has been framed for the murder of Cyrus, a gang leader who was attempting to unite the gangs under one banner to fortify their cumulative power into a formidable collective that could run the city regardless of police opposition.

Unfortunately, Cyrus is right in the middle of his pitch at a massive gang meeting in the Bronx--which draws representatives from every major gang in the five boroughs of New York--when he's shot. The real killer, not being a fool, quickly frames the unsuspecting Warriors, which subsequently leads to their being marked for a painful retribution. Outnumbered in an epic way, the Warriors have no choice but to make their way back to the Bronx by the only means open to them, the subway, which leads to the longest and most painful walk of their lives.

The game offers a hybrid experience that draws on material from Yurick's book and original content to tell a much more fleshed-out story. Though the Warriors' run from the Bronx to Coney Island is still a core part of the game, it's not the only story there is to tell. You'll play through levels based on the game, as well as flashbacks. The PSP version of the game will feature all the aforementioned content from the console game but with a tweaked delivery. You'll find everything from the console game, such as story and flashback levels, minigames, and multiplayer modes, all intact. The multiplayer modes will now support ad hoc Wi-Fi options for up to two players. In addition, the unlockable armies-of-the-night mode, a side-scrolling Double Dragon-esque homage, is open from the start. Outside of that, you won't find anything totally new or exclusive to Sony's handheld. However, Rockstar is hoping the game's $19.99 price tag helps make the game appealing to fans who are eager to take the action on the go or anyone who might have missed out on the console game.

Yes, this passed for a gang in the '70s, and we realize the similarities to the Village People lineup.

The game's presentation on the PSP offers an impressive approximation of the PS2 game. The stylized visuals have all made it over intact and do a good job of capturing the game's unique look. The audio also makes the trip over, offering all the sounds heard in the console game. We noticed a few rough spots in the game, such as ghosting when the action got hectic and some frame rate inconsistencies, which we hope are ironed out in the final version. However, for all intents and purposes, The Warriors on the PSP captures the sights and sounds of its console cousins and manages to keep the loads close to par as well, which is nice to see.

Based on what we played, The Warriors is a solid conversion of the console game to the PSP. If the rough spots we mentioned are smoothed over, the title should shape up nicely on the portable system. Though the game doesn't sport any truly new content, its adapted multiplayer modes and its ability to have the unlockable mode open from the start, as well as its price, should make it an appealing purchase for PSP owners who are hankering for something to play. The Warriors is slated to ship next month for the PSP.

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29 comments
MCMazzo
MCMazzo

i am getting this game, played it on the ps2 back then. i dont care about the graphics, you can't expect great graphics on psp . the gameplay is more important to me. peace..

burningbush76
burningbush76

SCVEEET!!!!!! THE WARRIORS is a great game for the xbox/ps2 and this version should be even better i hope the developers make it so you can play online too that'd make the multiplayer which was fun great last time around even better

DoubleDragon1
DoubleDragon1

Nice to see Rockstar Toronto have their hand in this. Good to have some homegrown talent work on this great brawler.

Quintly
Quintly

This game is really fun, i´m gonna buy it!

zombiejonny
zombiejonny

i played this on ps2 and it was awesome... its definetly a game that the psp needs.

Slappywhite2001
Slappywhite2001

Hopefully it is on par with the console versions, I will be quite happy with it if it can at least live up to them (if not surpass with refinement)

Mr_KMG
Mr_KMG

It looks identical to the console version (which is a good thing) The graphics on the consoles were very low grade on quality but very good on technical level

Matthew-first
Matthew-first

I own psp but i'll never buy it!....graphics are so low... :|

cplaystation3h
cplaystation3h

this game is great on the ps2 , iwonder how the controls will work

azzezino
azzezino

I hope the controls work well, they didn't mention anything about them, which kinda worries me a little. I really want to like this game.

lrsp
lrsp

cool, I'm gonna check this out when it comes out.

mrekolost
mrekolost

ooooooooooooo......mm looks very nice..mm warriorss

111v
111v

the game on the ps2 was awesome and for 20 bucks ill definantly get it on the psp.

ejpaine
ejpaine

sweet, only 20 bucks! this game is a great buy for someone who has never played the ps2 version.

tuna_leg
tuna_leg

Thanks for the info 2headedhawaiian

mrekolost
mrekolost

wow this looks bad couldent rockstar come up with something a little umm..less remake but ill buy it anyway

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Man , this is greate news for PSP owners ( me ) :)

2headedhawaiian
2headedhawaiian

I just read the IGN preview. Tapping up on the D-pad centers your camera; holding up zooms in. Down on the D-pad blocks. Warchief commands are accessed by pressing Select.

nevereathim
nevereathim

Maybe this will be the best psp game ever, you never know

malibu_man
malibu_man

good game, can't wait for it to be released

tuna_leg
tuna_leg

Can't wait for this.. I wonder how they'll do the warchief commands though as the Xbox version you had to click the thumbstick and select

JCMac120
JCMac120

Yeah ports usually are depressing, but I sure am glad for this port! I love Warriors, and at $20, I think the portable version deserves a buy, even if I have the console version already.

games_pot1
games_pot1

I wish it was a new game for the PSP.

KLINGON
KLINGON

I love the warriors and the movie what a classic. I hope this pans out. Oh 2nd post na,na,na,nana,na

Rob_101
Rob_101

Looks good. First post!!!!!!!!!!!