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The Bouncer


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The Bouncer, known in Japan as Bouncer (バウンサー, Baunsā?), is a beat 'em up for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. It was co-developed by Squaresoft (now Square Enix) and Dream Factory. The game features character designs by Tetsuya Nomura and music by Noriko Matsueda and Takahito Eguchi. There is no connection of this game to Kingdom Hearts, Neu.

The Bouncer tells the story of three bouncers on a rescue mission to save their young friend from a megalomaniacal solar technology corporation. The game is structured like a "playable action movie" and the plot unfolds differently depending on which character the player chooses for specific gameplay sequences.

The game marks Squaresoft's first release on the PlayStation 2. Although the game received a healthy amount of press before its actual release, it was met with mild sales and mediocre reviews.


In-Game Screenshot

Story Mode
The Bouncer is structured as a series of short gameplay segments interspersed with cinematic sequences that tell the game's story. With the Active Character Selection (ACS) System, a story sequence concludes to give the player the choice between one of the three protagonists to control (Sion, Volt, or Kou) and proceed into the next gameplay segment. At the conclusion of each gameplay segment, the player is able to spend Bouncer Points (BP), the game's equivalent of experience points, using the Point Exchange System to boost that character's statistics and unlock new fighting moves. Boosting a character's stats eventually causes that character to grow in rank, which is graded on a letter scale ranging from G to S.

Typical gameplay in The Bouncer consists of the player fighting against groups of enemies using hand-to-hand combat techniques. Occasionally, the player will also be tasked with other activities, such as running through a series of hallways to avoid being caught in a flood. In general, a gameplay segment ends when the player has either defeated all of the enemies in the area, or has defeated a boss enemy.

In addition to the main Story Mode, there is also a single-player Survival Mode in which the player must fight off as many enemies as possible.

Multiplayer
The Bouncer supports the PlayStation 2 multitap accessory, a device making it possible for more than two controllers to plug into the console. The game's multiplayer Versus Mode supports up to four player simultaneous play in the Battle Royal option that allows the players to fight each other using many of the game's characters.


One of the Characters. As you may be able to notice that this character style is very familiar to Tetsuya Nomura's work ne? ^^ That's because it his artwork. Yup, yup. He worked on this game too. Kinda reminds you of a grown-up Sora (KH Franchise) huh? He is the protagonist Sion Barzahd.

Characters
The game's player characters are Sion Barzahd, a bouncer and kenpō fighter who works in Bar Fate and has vowed to stop Dauragon to avenge his master and save Dominique; Volt Krueger, the true epitome of a professional wrestler and a former employee of the Mikado corporation prior to Dauragon's ownership who now works in Bar Fate, also wishing to stop Dauragon to restore his former employer's name; and Kou Leifoh, an undercover agent and Tae Kwon Do master posing as a bouncer in Bar Fate to keep tabs on Dominique.

The antagonists, those associated with Mikado Corporation, are Dauragon C. Mikado, the current CEO of the company who is well-trained in academics (i.e. solar technology) as well as martial arts; Mugetsu, a covert ninja and unstable psychopath with cybernetic modifications working for Dauragon who loves to kill his enemies regardless of the situation; Echidna, an associate/lover of Volt who betrayed him when Dauragon seized control of Mikado Corporation, skilled in the art of capoeira; Kaldea Orchid, a woman from Sion's past who is a result of a genetic experiment performed by Mikado Corporation; and PD-4, a deadly android that is able to extend sharp scythes from its hand and utilizes the Muay Thai fighting style.

Support characters include Dominique Cross, the sister of Dauragon and friend of the workers of Bar Fate who is kidnapped at the game's start; Wong Leung, the wise kenpo master of Sion and Dauragon who is advanced in years but possesses massive power nonetheless; Leann Caldwell, Kou's superior who is closely watching the whereabouts of both Mikado and Dominique, and Master Mikado, Dauragon's honorable foster father, who is deceased by the time the game starts and appears only in flashbacks.

Development
The Bouncer was co-directed by Seiichi Ishii and Square Co. veteran Takashi Tokita, while its character designs were handled by Tetsuya Nomura, famous for his work in the Final Fantasy series. Tokita claims that the most difficult aspect of the game's creation was working with the PlayStation 2's advanced hardware for the first time. Its gameplay was derived from Dream Factory's Ehrgeiz and Tobal series, while graphically, the game's atmosphere was developed with the use of filters and lighting. The game was first announced at the Tokyo Game Show in 1999 as Square's first PlayStation 2 title. Before more information was revealed by Square at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May of 2000, it was thought to be a sequel to Ehrgeiz.

Audio
The Bouncer was scored by Noriko Matsueda and Takahito Eguchi. Two separate soundtracks were released. The Bouncer Original Soundtrack, a 2-disc, 29-track album was published on March 23, 2001 by DigiCube. The Bouncer Original Video Game Soundtrack, a single disc, 21-track album was published on March 26, 2001 by Tokyopop Soundtrax. The game contains a few vocal themes including "Forevermore" (Owaranaimono), performed by Reiko Noda, and the ending theme song "Love Is The Gift", originally performed by Shanice Wilson. Takashi Tokita has commented that the latter song, heard during the credits, signifies the game's overall theme.

The Bouncer is the first PlayStation 2 game to feature Dolby 5.1 sound, used specifically for the title's full motion video sequences. In addition, it features voice acting with subtitles in both English and Japanese. Because the game was being considered for North American release early in production, the English voices were recorded first. The Japanese voices were recorded and incorporated later on to "...provide more of a DVD quality to the game." Facial animation was also created later to fit the voices.

Official Site link:
http://na.square-enix.com/games/bouncer/
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I remember this game from back then. It was the thing to play. It was one of the few first releases on the PS2!!
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this brings back memories ^_^
it was the very first game i played on the PS2
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My brothers and I loved this game. ^-^
The multiplayer gave us plenty of laughs; running away from the "panther lady." lmao
Good times. =]

"Koh Leifoh. Super spy!" x]

Haha, I have an album dedicated to the characters of this game. XD
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i remember it also had versus mode ;p
i always used to chose Kaldea

she was the coolest
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i remember this game!! lolz kou and sion!!
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