Bouncer, The for Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2)
Dream Factory, the developer behind EHRGEIZ and Tobal No. 1, has teamed up with Square to create The Bouncer, a unique blend of intense fighting and cinematic storytelling. The game transplants the action of classic 2D beat-'em-ups like Streets of Rage and Final Fight into a fully three-dimensional environment tied together with a branching storyline. Tetsuya Nomura, who worked on characters for Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII and Parasite Eve, is responsible for the game's character designs. The story begins as three bouncers witness the kidnapping of their friend Dominique at a local bar. The trio, made up of Sion, Volt and Kou, set out to rescue Dominque by doing what they do best: kicking some major butt. In addition to the Story Mode, which utilizes seamless cut-scenes rendered with the same graphics engine as the game itself, The Bouncer also contains two multiplayer modes, Versus and Survival, for up to four players. More than 12 different characters are available for use in these modes.