Fist of the North Star 5: Legend of the Mara Shooting Star: Sorrow, the Closing Chapter (北斗の拳5 天魔流星伝 哀★絶章)
So I’m going to have very little to say about the gameplay for this game — it does nothing different from Villgust or Maka Maka. You attack, you use the fist techniques, which do the same thing as spells or techs in any other game. They do damage, they cause status effects, they heal.
The game has the lowest item limit I’ve seen yet — 7 items per character, including the 4 pieces of equipment. That’s right. Each character can hold 3 items, including plot necessary items. So basically you’re not going to be relying on items for much.
So let’s get started. The opening begins with your character (an original character) having his fiancee stolen by the Matei (Demon Emperor, I guess), who has returned after a 2000 year sleep, after being defeated by Tentei (the Heavenly Emperor). That sounds more like a regular RPG plot than Fist of the North Star, but we’ll go with it. Now the second scene shows various HnK characters fighting against Matei’s units, and then this infamous scene:
|“The heir to the Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro, has died.”
Kenshiro, the hero of Fist of the North Star, gets crushed by a boulder and killed in the opening scene.
Yuria, in sorrow, throws herself off a building.
|Kurisu vs. a mook
The first destination is the Cave of Ryuken — Ryuken is the Hokuto Shinken master who tutored Kenshiro. He’s still alive, but he immediately gets killed by a guy named Zariga, who runs away. You then get your first ally, Mizumaru. I believe this is an original character.
The first dungeon occurs after this. As far as I’ve seen so far, they all look like this:
|In other words, shitty.
You soon are joined by Inazuma, a leader of a resistance group against the Matei. He looks familiar. As you head towards Gelba Castle to find information on Geshura, another guy joins you named Kuroyasha. I never saw the second part of HnK but I gather this is an off-screen character from there…he doesn’t stick around long anyway.
|That’s supposedly Rei and Toki in the bottom row.
To get to the next continent and continue to chase Geshura, we need to get across a river…thus the “human bridge”. Followers of Rihaku (another character from the anime) get in the water so you can walk across their heads.
|The human bridge
It’s hard not to see this whole thing as an intentional parody or comedic take on Hokuto no Ken, but I’m not sure it was intended that way.
|This is supposedly Raoh on his black horse.
After some fetch quests you can finally visit Geshura Town, and go into Geshura’s mansion, make your way up the drab dungeon floors and tedious random encounters, and beat Geshura. Unfortunately he only has a fake doll of your fiancee (like Shin did in the manga series), so we have to move on. We do get a “buggy” that can revisit old towns instantly; a nice touch, although I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be doing when it flies up into the air.