History VideoGame / RiverCityRansom

4th Aug '16 5:09:26 PM JamesAustin
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->''Kids, if there's one thing you take away from River City Ransom, may it be that violence is the answer to your problems. If you beat a gang member hard enough, he will become an honor student. And if you beat an honor student hard enough, he will give you his lunch money. And the final moral is: it's all about good grades and trips to the mall.''

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->''Kids, ->''"Kids, if there's one thing you take away from River City Ransom, may it be that violence is the answer to your problems. If you beat a gang member hard enough, he will become an honor student. And if you beat an honor student hard enough, he will give you his lunch money. And the final moral is: it's all about good grades and trips to the mall.''"''
2nd Aug '16 2:24:45 PM Larkmarn
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A new officially licensed sequel named ''River City Ransom: Underground'' is being developed by the Canadian indie developer Conatus Creative. The project reached its [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/combitstudios/river-city-ransom-underground funding]] through {{Kickstarter}}, and is slated for a 2015 release.

Before ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansomUnderground'' was announced, the game actually had not one but TWO cancelled sequels. You could say that the sequel, not as a single game, but as a ''concept'', has been in a long DevelopmentHell, which ''Underground'' will hopefully fix.

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A new officially licensed sequel named ''River City Ransom: Underground'' is being developed by the Canadian indie developer Conatus Creative. The project reached its [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/combitstudios/river-city-ransom-underground funding]] through {{Kickstarter}}, and is {{Kickstarter}}. It was slated for a 2015 release.

release but is currently in DevelopmentHell.

Before ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansomUnderground'' was announced, the game actually had not one but TWO cancelled sequels. You could say that the sequel, not as a single game, but as a ''concept'', has been in a long DevelopmentHell, which ''Underground'' will hopefully fix.DevelopmentHell.
2nd Aug '16 9:19:42 AM 32_Footsteps
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* {{Backtracking}}: While there are no hints that you must do so, you have to go back a little bit before Mojo will challenge Alex and Ryan, after defeating Blade.



* BottomlessPits

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* BottomlessPitsBottomlessPits: There are a couple in construction zones. Most notably, there are ones in the arenas where Rocko and Thor fight.



* FastballSpecial: With the help of the Javelin Man technique.

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* FastballSpecial: With the help of the Javelin Man technique. There's also a variation where one player throws a tire, and the other jumps on and rides it. Possible also with crates and trashcans, but the distance is not nearly as great.



* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere

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* ItsAllUpstairsFromHereItsAllUpstairsFromHere: The final area is River City High - Alex and Ryan enter the front gate, and they have to make it to the roof to confront Slick.



* OhCrap: Any boss can be refought if you return to their hangout and beat up the resident gang. Generally, they have this reaction to Alex and Ryan's return.



* PinataEnemy: The Entrees gangsters, which run for their lives at the mere sight of your character, but drop a whooping $7 each. For perspective, the end-game dominant gang, The Plague, yields $1.5 each. There's also [[TakeThatAudience The Gamers]] gang, which drop $1.6 per KO, but are far less rare and more willing to get their noses bloodied than the Entrees.

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* PinataEnemy: The Entrees gangsters, which run for their lives at the mere sight of your character, but drop a whooping $7 each. For perspective, the end-game dominant gang, The Plague, yields $1.5 50 each. There's also [[TakeThatAudience The Gamers]] gang, which drop $1.6 60 per KO, but are far less rare and more willing to get their noses bloodied than the Entrees.Entrees. Finally, given the [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind Villains Forgot To Level Grind]], Benny and Clyde's rematch ($3.50 each) is a very fast way to build up funds right before River City High.


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* {{Sidequest}}: You remember how Cyndi, Ryan's girlfriend, got kidnapped? She's being held on the top floor of River City High, and she can be freed before (or after) the Dragon Twins have been beaten by going into the right classroom. It's completely optional, though.
* SignatureMove: Ivan has a stunning headbutt that leaves the victim open to combo attacks, while Randy and Andy (befitting their CaptainErsatz nature) have the [[HurricaneKick Cyclone Spin Kick]] from ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''.


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* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: If you fight Benny and Clyde the first time near the river, they'll come back later in the game next to the sauna for a rematch. However, they have the exact same stats as they did when they first appeared. If Alex or Ryan have a maxed out attack stat and the skill books that give that attack RapidFireFisticuffs (which is pretty easy at this point), the two will go down in one or two blows.
12th May '16 11:31:34 AM Angeldeb82
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-->--'''{{Seanbaby}}'''

''River City Ransom'', released in Japan as ''Downtown [[HotBlooded Nekketsu]] Monogatari'' (part of the ''[[KunioKun Kunio-kun]]'' series, which also included the ''SuperDodgeBall'' series, ''[[VideoGame/CrashNTheBoys Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge]]'', and the original ''Renegade'') and in Europe as ''Street Gangs'', is a BeatEmUp with [[RPGElements elements]] of a RolePlayingGame. The story goes that Ryan's (Riki's) girlfriend gets kidnapped by River City High's top gang leader, Slick (Yamada), who also happens to be the arch-rival of Cross Town High's top punk, Alex (Kunio). So Alex and Ryan fight their way past gang territories and various malls to get to River City High, take down Slick, and rescue Ryan's girlfriend.

While not the most well-known game on the NintendoEntertainmentSystem, it was well received by those who did play it. It offered several different ways to customize your character, was one of the earliest games to blend RPG elements into another genre in a successful fashion, and was noted for its humor in many spots.

Has a [[NoExportForYou Japan only]] sequel/spin-off ''Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no {{Jidaigeki}} Dayo Zen'in Shūgō!'', which is practically ''River City Ransom'' [[RecycledInSPACE recycled in historical Japan]]. It is less linear, has a proper save system in place of the original's long passwords, allows computer controlled allies in a 1 player game and has a great deal more moves, but replaces the classic "eat food for power" with equipping items and a level up system, restricting food to health regeneration.

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-->--'''{{Seanbaby}}'''

-->--'''Creator/{{Seanbaby}}'''

''River City Ransom'', released in Japan as ''Downtown [[HotBlooded Nekketsu]] Monogatari'' (part of the ''[[KunioKun Kunio-kun]]'' ''Franchise/KunioKun'' series, which also included the ''SuperDodgeBall'' series, ''[[VideoGame/CrashNTheBoys Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge]]'', and the original ''Renegade'') and in Europe as ''Street Gangs'', is a BeatEmUp with [[RPGElements elements]] of a RolePlayingGame. The story goes that Ryan's (Riki's) girlfriend gets kidnapped by River City High's top gang leader, Slick (Yamada), who also happens to be the arch-rival of Cross Town High's top punk, Alex (Kunio). So Alex and Ryan fight their way past gang territories and various malls to get to River City High, take down Slick, and rescue Ryan's girlfriend.

While not the most well-known game on the NintendoEntertainmentSystem, UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem, it was well received by those who did play it. It offered several different ways to customize your character, was one of the earliest games to blend RPG elements into another genre in a successful fashion, and was noted for its humor in many spots.

Has a [[NoExportForYou Japan only]] sequel/spin-off ''Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no {{Jidaigeki}} Dayo Zen'in Shūgō!'', which is practically ''River City Ransom'' [[RecycledInSPACE [[RecycledINSPACE recycled in historical Japan]]. It is less linear, has a proper save system in place of the original's long passwords, allows computer controlled allies in a 1 player game and has a great deal more moves, but replaces the classic "eat food for power" with equipping items and a level up system, restricting food to health regeneration.



* [[TheAtoner The Atoners]]: Notably, the Zombies minus Thor will all wish to join for this reason upon defeat.

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* [[TheAtoner The Atoners]]: {{The Atoner}}s: Notably, the Zombies minus Thor will all wish to join for this reason upon defeat.



* {{Determinator}}: In the original NES version, no matter how much an enemy wails on your limp, prone body (and the Dragon Twins will certainly do that) as long as you have at least 15 Willpower remaining, you will rise to your feet. Each get-up requires another 15 Willpower, but that's all you need in order to heal while in a position to defend yourself back into fighting shape.

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* {{Determinator}}: In the original NES version, no matter how much an enemy wails whales on your limp, prone body (and the Dragon Twins will certainly do that) as long as you have at least 15 Willpower remaining, you will rise to your feet. Each get-up requires another 15 Willpower, but that's all you need in order to heal while in a position to defend yourself back into fighting shape.



* GuideDangIt: If you didn't know what Reputation is in the remake and how to raise it, you wouldn't know you can actually recruit people. Even the recruit with the clearest requirements (Ivan) will refuse to join if your karma is low, even after clearing the Abby sidequest. Some are clear ViolationOfCommonSense; to have Ted even appear,[[spoiler: you'd have to fullfill the requirements to recruit Rex, ''turn him down'', then return and clear the street he was again]]. To recruit Jesse [[spoiler: beat up his friend Turk four times with ''bad'' reputation, then beat them both with ''good'' reputation.]]. And then there's the Tidus sidequest...

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* GuideDangIt: If you didn't know what Reputation is in the remake and how to raise it, you wouldn't know you can actually recruit people. Even the recruit with the clearest requirements (Ivan) will refuse to join if your karma is low, even after clearing the Abby sidequest. Some are clear ViolationOfCommonSense; to have Ted even appear,[[spoiler: you'd have to fullfill fulfill the requirements to recruit Rex, ''turn him down'', then return and clear the street he was again]]. To recruit Jesse [[spoiler: beat up his friend Turk four times with ''bad'' reputation, then beat them both with ''good'' reputation.]]. And then there's the Tidus sidequest...



* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Sister]]: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Implied with]] Ivan, which could explain [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse why he serves as the main gate's guard.]]

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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Sister]]: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Implied with]] Ivan, which could explain [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse why he serves as the main gate's guard.]]guard]].



* NoFairCheating: Very averted in EX. There is a hidden shop located [[spoiler:in a secret wall in the tunnel]] that offers a variety of powerful items at a high price. Some of these items do pretty cool stuff bordering on DebugMode like [[spoiler:creating a save file of any character in the game (including Slick!), rebinding your special moves' controls, and [[LegoGenetics merging two saves to make a character with the stats and special moves combined of both characters]]]]. Since these alter ''the save files themselves'' instead of the current character, you can just load a save, get the item, use it (even on the same save), and reload to get your money back. And said shop also happens to sell a cheap lottery ticket that is very easy to [[SaveScumming savescum]].
** [[AwesomeButImpractical That said, some of them are better than others in practice]]. One allows you to not so much jump as fly, which sounds cool and great for aerial attacks, but causes you to ascend really slowly, as much as you descend, and doesn't let you come back down again until you hit the apex of your jump, so it also means you take forever to land again. Then there's the item that makes you jump like a freak, which coupled with the item that lets you jump in midair, means spamming it makes it impossible to judge your landing trajectory and will eat up time sending you up way higher than you'd ever need to go. Using them in unison means playing around can get you stuck for quite some time trying to land again just to leave the screen you're on. Then there's the one that makes you teleport behind opponents before attacking them, in essence giving every special attack and normal attack the gimmick of the Nitro Port...except it can make it really easy to whiff moves you always timed normally before. [[SimpleYetAwesome The roller skates that launch your running speed to the moon to better land moving attacks, and the special item that lets you simply run in midair, on the other hand...]]
* PaletteSwap[=/=]OnlySixFaces[=/=]CastOfSnowflakes: Simultaneously! The first is the most promiment, as all the guys have the same basic body, differentiated only by the color of their shirts. Secondly, all the gangs share the same nine faces; fight all nine members of a gang and you'll always see a Glasses Guy, a Sunglasses Guy, a Big Forehead Guy, a Scruffy Haired Guy, etc. in each of the gangs. Finally, all of the boss characters have unique faces that sometimes resemble but are notably different from the nine generic gang faces.

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* NoFairCheating: Very averted in EX. There is a hidden shop located [[spoiler:in a secret wall in the tunnel]] that offers a variety of powerful items at a high price. Some of these items do pretty cool stuff bordering on DebugMode like [[spoiler:creating a save file of any character in the game (including Slick!), rebinding your special moves' controls, and [[LegoGenetics merging two saves to make a character with the stats and special moves combined of both characters]]]]. Since these alter ''the save files themselves'' instead of the current character, you can just load a save, get the item, use it (even on the same save), and reload to get your money back. And said shop also happens to sell a cheap lottery ticket that is very easy to [[SaveScumming savescum]].
save-scum]].
** [[AwesomeButImpractical That said, some of them are better than others in practice]]. practice.]] One allows you to not so much jump as fly, which sounds cool and great for aerial attacks, but causes you to ascend really slowly, as much as you descend, and doesn't let you come back down again until you hit the apex of your jump, so it also means you take forever to land again. Then there's the item that makes you jump like a freak, which coupled with the item that lets you jump in midair, means spamming it makes it impossible to judge your landing trajectory and will eat up time sending you up way higher than you'd ever need to go. Using them in unison means playing around can get you stuck for quite some time trying to land again just to leave the screen you're on. Then there's the one that makes you teleport behind opponents before attacking them, in essence giving every special attack and normal attack the gimmick of the Nitro Port...except it can make it really easy to whiff moves you always timed normally before. [[SimpleYetAwesome The roller skates that launch your running speed to the moon to better land moving attacks, and the special item that lets you simply run in midair, on the other hand...]]
* PaletteSwap[=/=]OnlySixFaces[=/=]CastOfSnowflakes: Simultaneously! The first is the most promiment, prominent, as all the guys have the same basic body, differentiated only by the color of their shirts. Secondly, all the gangs share the same nine faces; fight all nine members of a gang and you'll always see a Glasses Guy, a Sunglasses Guy, a Big Forehead Guy, a Scruffy Haired Guy, etc. in each of the gangs. Finally, all of the boss characters have unique faces that sometimes resemble but are notably different from the nine generic gang faces.



* PromotedToUnlockable: [[spoiler: Eventually ''everyone'', in the remake, thanks to the Custom Char item]]. As far as the plot is concerned, however, you are still Alex or Ryan regardless of what character save you have loaded.

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* PromotedToUnlockable: [[spoiler: Eventually ''everyone'', in the remake, thanks to the Custom Char item]]. item.]] As far as the plot is concerned, however, you are still Alex or Ryan regardless of what character save you have loaded.



*** Or smacking around [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Duo]] and [[YaoiGuys Yaoi]]. From a gang called "The Plague", no less.

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*** Or smacking around [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Duo]] and [[YaoiGuys Yaoi]].{{Yaoi|Guys}}. From a gang called "The Plague", no less.



* SpiritualSequel: While ''River City Ransom'' will hopefully finally get an officially lisenced sequel with ''River City Ransom Underground'', [[VideoGame/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game]] paid so much homage to the original game that it could be considered a spiritual sequel.

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* SpiritualSequel: While ''River City Ransom'' will hopefully finally get an officially lisenced licensed sequel with ''River City Ransom Underground'', [[VideoGame/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game]] paid so much homage to the original game that it could be considered a spiritual sequel.



** The Jocks: [[JerkJock Jerk Jocks]].

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** The Jocks: [[JerkJock Jerk Jocks]].{{Jerk Jock}}s.



** The Squids: [[{{Geek}} Geeks]] and [[{{Nerd}} Nerds]]. (NES only)

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** The Squids: [[{{Geek}} Geeks]] {{Geek}}s and [[{{Nerd}} Nerds]].{{Nerd}}s. (NES only)



** The Rockers: [[MusicalThemeNaming Musicians]]. (GBA only)
** The Rejects: [[{{Geek}} Geeks]] and [[{{Nerd}} Nerds]]. (GBA only)

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** The Rockers: [[MusicalThemeNaming Musicians]].{{Music|alThemeNaming}}ians. (GBA only)
** The Rejects: [[{{Geek}} Geeks]] {{Geek}}s and [[{{Nerd}} Nerds]].{{Nerd}}s. (GBA only)



** The Entrees: [[EdibleThemeNaming Food]]. (GBA only)
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Benny and Clyde, [[RecurringBoss recurring bosses]] who fight Alex and Ryan despite not being in any gang or related to the plot at all.

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** The Entrees: [[EdibleThemeNaming Food]]. Food.]] (GBA only)
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Benny and Clyde, [[RecurringBoss recurring bosses]] {{recurring boss}}es who fight Alex and Ryan despite not being in any gang or related to the plot at all.
12th Mar '16 2:23:39 PM AndyLA
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''River City Ransom'', released in Japan as ''Downtown [[HotBlooded Nekketsu]] Monogatari'' (part of the ''[[KunioKun Kunio-kun]]'' series, which also included the ''SuperDodgeBall'' series, ''[[VideoGame/CrashNTheBoys Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge]]'', and the original ''Renegade'') and in Europe as ''Street Gangs'', is a BeatEmUp with [[RPGElements elements]] of a RolePlayingGame. The story goes that Ryan's girlfriend gets kidnapped by River City High's top gang leader, Slick, who also happens to be the arch-rival of Cross Town High's top punk, Alex. So Alex and Ryan fight their way past gang territories and various malls to get to River City High, take down Slick, and rescue Ryan's girlfriend.

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''River City Ransom'', released in Japan as ''Downtown [[HotBlooded Nekketsu]] Monogatari'' (part of the ''[[KunioKun Kunio-kun]]'' series, which also included the ''SuperDodgeBall'' series, ''[[VideoGame/CrashNTheBoys Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge]]'', and the original ''Renegade'') and in Europe as ''Street Gangs'', is a BeatEmUp with [[RPGElements elements]] of a RolePlayingGame. The story goes that Ryan's (Riki's) girlfriend gets kidnapped by River City High's top gang leader, Slick, Slick (Yamada), who also happens to be the arch-rival of Cross Town High's top punk, Alex.Alex (Kunio). So Alex and Ryan fight their way past gang territories and various malls to get to River City High, take down Slick, and rescue Ryan's girlfriend.
5th Feb '16 8:54:55 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* CombatPragmatist: Plenty of gang members (including bosses) will use whatever's available to pummel you. Kick boxes and cans into you? Throw you into a pit? Kick you while you're down? All things the computer can do - to be fair, [[TheJoyOfTorturingMooks those options are available to you, too]].

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* CombatPragmatist: Plenty of gang members (including bosses) will use whatever's available to pummel you. Kick boxes and cans into you? Throw you into a pit? Kick you while you're down? All things the computer can do - to be fair, [[TheJoyOfTorturingMooks [[TheJoysOfTorturingMooks those options are available to you, too]].
16th Dec '15 1:11:53 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Every item (other than books that teach you new techniques) raises your stats. Yes, this includes [=CDs=], books, toys...You can only use them once. The game doesn't specify that your characters are eating them, but considering the above points, you can't put it past them.

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** Every item (other than books that teach you new techniques) raises your stats. Yes, this includes [=CDs=], books, toys...You can only use them once. The game doesn't specify that your characters are eating them, these things, but considering the above points, you can't put it past them.
16th Nov '15 5:51:19 AM bnjay29
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** Rex, who doesn't really care about why everyone is fighting. He just wants to fight too.



*EveryoneHasStandards: Fulfill the requirement to encounter Rex with bad reputation. Rather than ask to join, he will challenge you to a fight because he deems you too crazy. This is the guy who wanted to fight regardless of who was good or bad.



* GuideDangIt: If you didn't know what Reputation is in the remake and how to raise it, you wouldn't know you can actually recruit people. Even the recruit with the clearest requirements (Ivan) will refuse to join if your karma is low, even after clearing the Abby sidequest. Some are clear ViolationOfCommonSense; to have Ted even appear,[[spoiler: you'd have to fullfill the requirements to recruit Tex, ''turn him down'', then return and clear the street he was again]]. To recruit Jesse [[spoiler: beat up his friend Turk four times with ''bad'' reputation, then beat them both with ''good'' reputation.]]. And then there's the Tidus sidequest...

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* GuideDangIt: If you didn't know what Reputation is in the remake and how to raise it, you wouldn't know you can actually recruit people. Even the recruit with the clearest requirements (Ivan) will refuse to join if your karma is low, even after clearing the Abby sidequest. Some are clear ViolationOfCommonSense; to have Ted even appear,[[spoiler: you'd have to fullfill the requirements to recruit Tex, Rex, ''turn him down'', then return and clear the street he was again]]. To recruit Jesse [[spoiler: beat up his friend Turk four times with ''bad'' reputation, then beat them both with ''good'' reputation.]]. And then there's the Tidus sidequest...
6th Sep '15 6:27:24 PM Stealth
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* PaletteSwap[=/=]OnlySixFaces[=/=]CastOfSnowflakes: Simultaneously! The first is the most promiment, as all the guys have the same basic body, differentiated only by the color of their shirts. Secondly, all the gangs share the same nine faces; fight all nine members of a gang and you'll always see a Glasses Guy, a Sunglasses Guy, a Big Forehead Guy, a Scruffy Haired Guy, etc. in each of the gangs. Finally, all of the boss characters have unique faces that sometimes resemble but are notably different from the nine generic gang faces.
22nd Aug '15 9:52:17 PM nombretomado
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*** Or smacking around [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]], [[GundamWing Duo]] and [[YaoiGuys Yaoi]]. From a gang called "The Plague", no less.

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*** Or smacking around [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]], [[GundamWing [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Duo]] and [[YaoiGuys Yaoi]]. From a gang called "The Plague", no less.
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