WorthPlaying: "While it may not be obvious at first glance, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage is the latest title in the Dynasty Warriors franchise. The Japanese name of the game is Hokuto Musou, placing it among Koei's other Musou titles. Unlike fellow anime-inspired Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, however, it was released in North America without a franchise reference in the title. While this may seem like an odd choice, the reasoning behind it becomes pretty clear after you spend some time with the game. Ken's Rage may look like a Dynasty Warriors game and play like a Dynasty Warriors game, but it's trying to pretend that it isn't. The Dynasty Warriors elements take a backseat to attempts to turn the game into a straightforward beat-'em-up, but the marks of the franchise are still all over it."