This week we are looking at one my favourite fighting games of the 90’s, Bloody Roar 2, or Bloody Roar 2: Bringer of a New Age as it was awkwardly labelled in the European market. 

Developed by studios Eighting and Raizing and released in 1999 for the PlayStation, Bloody Roar 2 followed on from series debut Bloody Roar, which itself started out as Beastorizer and had released two years prior. I’ve selected the second title as it’s one of the most memorable from the series which saw the fourth instalment released in 2004 (Bloody Roar 4)

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Bloody Roar 2 built on its predecessor’s attempt at building a complex, combo drive fighting game and received average reception. It wasn’t for everyone, some found it less than original and lacking replay value but considering it’s a fighting game it can be a case of played one, played them all.

Bloody Roar 2, however, did have something to offer that not a lot of games of its ilk were trying at the time. All of the characters on the roster could transform into animalistic beasts called Zoanthropes once powered up and dish out serious damage to their opponents. It was this that gave Bloody Roar it’s selling point and was always the moment you anticipated in the midst of a furious fight.

Whilst you were in Beast Mode you gained access to new attacks as well being able to recover health and generally just be more badass and a much better fighter. The moves in normal mode were typical of a 90’s beat um up but it was the beast mode that made up for it. Huge damage could be dealt when transformed, changing the dynamic of fights

The moves in normal mode were typical of a 90’s beat um up but it was beast mode that made up for it. Huge damage could be dealt when transformed, changing the dynamic of fights

The roster featured characters and their beast forms in the likes of Cronos the Penguin/Phoenix, the popular Fang the Wolf, Greg the Gorilla, Ryōho the Dragon and Uranus the Chimera. With characters like this, how could anyone resist giving the beat mode a try?

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Sadly the series never gained much traction and faded away after Bloody Roar 4 with no signs of returning which is a shame.

With today’s capabilities, a come back could be interesting, just look at how well Killer Instinct has performed since returning to our lives.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any fond memories of the Bloody Roar series? Be sure to share them with us in the comments below.