The Bouncer receives surprisingly low ratings from Famitsu.
Squaresoft's cinematic brawler The Bouncer, which was considered by many to be the title that would make or break the PlayStation 2, has received surprisingly low scores from Japan's respected Famitsu magazine. Despite the jaded nature of Famitsu's reviewers (some of the year's most acclaimed titles have struggled to claim scores of seven), the Famitsu reviews undoubtedly disappointed many devout fans of Square and Sony. The title received two scores of seven, an eight and a nine from the four reviewers, citing a lackluster storyline as the title's chief drawback. Despite the lower than expected score, the mark from Famitsu is by no means below average, but most industry watchdogs expected the title to perform more favorably for Sony in Famitsu's reviews. Further bad news for Sony recently came from Famitsu, as the publication slapped Kidosenshi Gundam (a Japanese robot title) with a rating of only 27 (three sevens and a six). The critics praised the title's visuals but denounced the game's control scheme.
Adding to the bitter taste in the mouths of Sony fans after the Famitsu issue was that Phantasy Star Online, the controversial Dreamcast RPG from Sonic Team, received a superlatively high score of 37. The title received a ten -- almost unheard of in Famitsu's review system, as well as three nines from the other three critics.
However, it's not all doom and gloom for the PlayStation 2 from Famitsu. Blood of the Lost Vampire earned a high score of 36, while the awaited snowboarding game Cool Boarders: Code Alien garnered a mark of 30.
12/15/2000 Bryan Keers