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Bloody Roar Extreme, or Bloody Roar: Primal Fury as it is known outside of its Japan release for the GameCube, is a fighting game developed by Eighting released in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube. It was later ported to the Microsoft Xbox under the original moniker of Bloody Roar Extreme in 2003.

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Bloody Roar: Primal Fury reviews and comments

Generally, 3D fighters of the Game Cube era (and sometimes this era) have a hard time with its speed and combo system, Primal Fury is not only good at it, but it also comes with a nice and pretty presentation.

Primal Fury kickstarts with a rad anime cinematic that centers around the starting rooster, and gives you a general idea of every character just by the looks of them, this gives us a really great topic, character design, every playable character is amazing, from their stylistic choices to body language, you can have a pretty good guess of their personality just by looking at them, their beasts counterparts are also extremely well designed, which takes us to the real deal of this game, the difference between this fighting game and the others is the possibility of transformation into a beast form, which make you more powerful by a certain amount of time or conditions, think of it like a Super Sayan form, you can also transform into a second form called 'Hyper Beast' which is more powerful but it takes from you some hp and is pretty limited but more powerful.

Overall, the balance between characters is good, at least from an amateur point of view, there are some characters that deal more damage but doesn't have a lot of range, other ones that have more delay or are more tricky to do combos, speaking of combos I liked quite a lot how the combo system is pretty friendly and you can set a lot of combinations and maintain things fresh. One of the things that I really liked was that every character has an animated ending, the bad part is that they tend to be very brief and also can feel a little out of context (maybe for fans of the past games it can make more sense?), another little issue is the number of characters, they're only 16 and some of them can feel a little similar.

All in all, you'll have a great time playing Primal Fury, you can have fun playing it solo, at least to unlock endings or characters, and also have a good time playing locally. Maybe is not a masterpiece but certainly is a very good game.
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