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Kabuki Warriors

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Kabuki Warriors
When your fighting game can be beaten by mashing one button, you did something wrong.
Genre(s): Fighting
Platform(s): Xbox
Release: NA: November 19, 2001
JP: February 28, 2002
Developer(s): Genki
Publisher(s): NA: Crave Entertainment
JP: Genki

Kabuki Warriors (in Japan 斬 歌舞伎 Zan Kabuki) is a 2001 fighting game co-developed by Genki and Lightweight (the same developer behind Bushido Blade series), and published by Crave Entertainment in North America and Genki in Japan. It was released exclusively for the Xbox.

It is centered around Kabuki performances and takes place during the Edo period.

The game is considered the worst fighting game released on Xbox, and even one of the worst games of all time.

Why It Sucks

  1. Extremely limited moveset.
  2. Bad artificial intelligence, which makes the game extremely easy. You can win any fight by mashing the same button over and over again.
  3. Some of the character designs are lazy and uninspired. The male characters, at least in the campaign, look identical and look more like they spilled a kilogram of powdered sugar or flour on themselves.
  4. Poor graphics by 2001 standards and feels like a game released on Sega Dreamcast.
  5. Extremely terrible soundtrack, not to mention annoying sound effects; whenever you make a selection, the game plays the sound of a man yelling in the background.
  6. Despite the fact that your character takes part in a Kabuki performance, looking closely reveals that there is no audience in the theatre.


It was the only game to receive a 1/10 from the Edge magazine other than FlatOut 3. Notably, Andy McNamara of Game Informer gave the game a 0.5/10. In his review, he said that "I literally won a match just by bashing the controller against my ass. I wish I was joking, but the score is seriously Kabuki Warriors zero, my ass one."

On the other hand, reception amongst gamers is slightly polarizing. Most agree that it sucked, but there are a few people who felt that the game is criminally underrated.



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