Pat Floyd writes: "When Koei fans play Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage, they will discover that Kenshiro runs slowly. They will also discover that the bulk of Kenshiro's attacks are forward-focused, as opposed to the wide sweeping arcs displayed by spear-wielding Chinese champions. That's because Fist creator "Buronson" wanted Koei to make the combat realistic. Defenders of love and peace who explode peoples' heads by poking them are obviously not realistic, but each blow conveys appropriate weight and delivers convincing impact. In that sense, Ken's Rage feels more "real" than Koei's other anime-inspired series, Dynasty Warriors Gundam."