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Kamen Rider Hibiki [PS2/JPN]

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Item Number: SLPS-20447
Publisher: Bandai
Jan/UPC Code: 4543112396341
NCS Product Synopsis
Update: November 30, 2005
«©NCSX» Last year, Kamen Rider Blade was the rage on Japanese television. This year, viewers feasted their eyes on Kamen Rider Hibiki. The latest masked rider known as Hibiki leaps into battle with a pair of red ongeki-bou sticks that are ready to beat. Fellow Riders Ibuki and Todoro join in as a support corps when Hibiki needs assistance. Battling evil with both style and drumbeat rhythm, Hibiki looks more like a godfather of S&M than an action hero. A 1-Player mode pits Hibiki and cohorts against an assemblage of foes while a 2-Player mode allows for tag-team battles as well as cooperative play. As various foes receive their smack downs, special data items are unlocked in the gallery portion of the game disc.

JAN Code: 4543112396341

NCS Game Notes™
* The intro shows a couple of evil henchmen chasing Hibiki through a forest setting as the masked warrior races away. Eventually Hibiki stops, spins around, and confronts the two by smacking them down with his ongeki-bou sticks and drumbeat rhythm motion. Sequences showing his two cohorts are also interspliced in the intro including the Todoro who fights with a guitar-shaped spear called Retsurai and Ibuki who shoots with a gold-colored pistol in his right hand.

* Battles are well executed with fast paced moves and combination attacks. Rolling maneuvers are also available to the Hibiki. There are 1-on-1 bouts but 1-vs-2 henchmen bouts are also available. Although there's a fair amount of reticence by the second enemy when the first enemy is attacking, the game engine does prompt the two to attack at once for a fairly good challenge. There are times when the two attack in synchronized motion and they'll use different tactics such as projectile attacks, attacking from both sides, and attacking together from the same side. To counter his foes, Hibiki can blow out a flame attack from his mouth and also swing a flaming sword.

* A 1P game pits Hibiki against an array of enemies. Before he enters battle, he rotates the ongeki sticks in both hands. After the intro starts, he dings a tuning fork against a tree, holds it to his forehead and eventually changes into Hibiki. Two black/gold suited and masked warriors are the first opponents.

* The controls are as follows

D-pad - movement, note that the L-analog cannot be used

X - Swings out both ongeki sticks for an attack. After each use, Hibiki hitches them back up to his utility belt. Pressing the D-pad in different directions while pressing X will cause Hibiki to perform ongeki beat attacks in various fancy ways including a spinning attack where he leaps up and then crashes down in a thunderous move.

SQUARE - Get into a defensive stance to block blows and projectiles

TRIANGLE - If pressed alone, Hibiki blows out a white-hot flame from his mouth. When an the D-pad is moved left or right and then TRIANGLE is pressed, Hibiki will perform a power-punch with claws extended. Press up and TRIANGLE and he'll swing out a flaming sword for an upper cut attack.

CIRCLE - Side swiping smack attack. Keep pressing CIRCLE in sequence and Hibiki will perform a full repertoire of moves using all of his weapons and skills.

* Once the masked enemies are defeated, an animation shows a massive yellow spider running into the battlefield. Once the second level starts, the spider is so large that it fills up more than the entirety the screen as its legs extend right into Hibiki's side. Hibiki can jump on top of the spider's thorax and abdomen or battle from below its body. The spider attacks with globs of silk and can be damaged when Hibiki punches behind its mouth pincer, attacks it's abdomen, and blasts its tail. Unfortunately the spider isn't much of a challenge and it will strike at empty air while Hibiki goes to town on it.

* Before the spider is killed, Hibiki leaps on top of the spider, affixes a disk on top of its thorax and then proceeds to play a rhythm drumbeat game. Purple spheres enter the screen from the left and right towards a circle in the center. As the spheres hit the circle, press the O button to pound the drumsticks on the spider to damage it further. Eventually, the many drumbeats will cause the spider to expire.

* After the Hibiki fighting bouts, the game continues with a battle between the Kamen Rider Ibuki who wields a gold gun against two spooky looking warriors.

* There are a total of seven game modes - the story mode will only allow the use of Hibiki as the default character but the other modes will open up the three Kamen riders and an enemy - the black/gold suited henchmen from earlier. There are a total of 13 fighters in the game but only 4 are available at the outset - the three Kamen Riders and the henchmen.

* In the Press START screen where Hibiki stands on top of a ledge, one of two creatures appear to his right including a flapping bird and a little green munchkin who flaps his arms up and down. The stalks in the foreground also weave to and fro.

* In the Loading Screen, pressing any button on the controller will change the rotating disc on the lower right portion of the screen will change it into a flying bird or a golem-like creature.

Japanese Title: 仮面ライダーヒビキ

Region Lock-out
Please note Japanese Playstation 2 games will not boot on USA or European PS2 consoles due to the inherent region-lockout on Playstation 2 game discs.

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