- "A New Beast War Begins"
- — Official tagline
Bloody Roar 4 is the fifth installment of the Bloody Roar series released in 2003 by Hudson and Eighting.It's the first installment to recieve a Mature Rating for realistic blood and violence and the first to utilize voice acting in cutscenes.
"Throughout time, life forms on this planet have evolved and prospered. Some life forms do not evolve, but what is the cause behind the choices on who evolves and who dies? Gaia is a life form that is the entire earth, and it has a self-balancing nature and it is a way that the environment can be controlled. Mankind has taken on many forms though Gaia, though natural selection, as well as the Unborn: the life forms that would have survived if they evolved. Exactly one year ago, during the X-Genome Code Incident, there were many riots on earth by beasts that were not in the XGC. Soon it all ended and no one knows the true cause of it, but people began to blame it on a Stone Seal. The seal is locked away, but the riots have increased even more so. What is the cause behind it all, and can this be stopped?"
Gameplay EditThe gameplay mechanics for this installment have changed quite a bit. The Beast Gauge still remains in the series, which allows the player to switch to a Beast Form. However, unlike previous installments, the Beast Gauge can now be charged up at the expense of health as now the Beast and Health gauges are now intertwined. In addition, characters can Beastorize without the Beast Gauge being filled up completely. The Hyper Beast Mode returns also which can be attained by expending the character's remaining health completely.
A new Career Mode allows player to take one character through a legion of matches. By winning matches, players can obtain 'DNA Points' which can be used to purchase ability enhancements such as strength and defense increase. It is even possible to purchase new combos and Beast Drives for the selected character as well as use moves used by other characters, changing the flow of the character altogether. The character selected in Career mode can be used in normal play by pressing L1 to switch to the character's 'Career' mode. Hidden characters can be unlocked by achieving a certain number of DNA Points.
Game Features Edit
- Time Attack
- Com Battle
Characters & Locations Edit
Bloody Roar 4 received generally mixed reviews from critics. On Metacritic , BR4 holds a rating of 59%, based on 25 reviews.
The game has sold 90 000 copies around the world, the lowest sales in the series (and the only one to go under the 100 000 copies sold). It's biggest competitor around it release date, Tekken 4, has sold 3.44 millions of copies.
Douglass C. Pery from IGN reviews Bloody Roar 4 as a decent 3D fighting game to please a hardcore gamer [and casual] for a day or two but the stagnant ongoing series is definitely in the second tier of fighters, way below Sega's, Namco's and Temco's seminal series, and it's seriously getting old and tired. He concludes : "The lack of depth and subtlety and the emphasis on the offensive, rather than the defensive, puts this squarely two notches below the best in the genre."
The french video game website, Jeuxvideo.com reviews with a "16/20" Bloody Roar 4 as an alternative to typical fighting games even if it is short in innovations.
Greg Kavashkin from Gamespot says that "Bloody Roar 4 is a predictable follow-up to a series that's never aimed particularly high".
The principals negative points are mostly the poor and inane dialogue "The dialogue is all dubbed in English and is poorly translated, but it can be entertaining if for no other reason than its sheer absurdity" (Gamespot) and the major change on life/beast dynamic "All this is a strange dynamic that's not necessarily an improvement over previous Bloody Roars, in which you could only stay in beast form for a limited amount of time." (Gamespot)
For the promotion of Bloody Roar 4, Yuko Ogura a japanese actress, singer and model lent her image for a cat-themed photoshoot.
- Because of the introduction of Nagi's Beast Form, Uriko was changed to Uriko the Cat instead of Half Beast