Following a movie with a game can be a topper or a flopper. In this case, a bopper. See the movie and you'll understand... In the case of The Warriors game, you can almost see the movie by playing the game through from start to finish. The graphics are excellent and create the grimy New York setting perfectly. Character models are very realistic and the motion capture does some great things for moments where battles are raging around you. Even small character actions like climbing fences or doing smash-and-grabs become entertaining through the quality depictions. The voice acting is excellent and the language has been heated up somewhat for a modern audience. The raunchy factor is a bit higher than it was in 1979 thanks to the modern image of gangs. What the movie brought to the game is a version of gang life that feels a bit stilted and dare I say, corny. In this way, The Warriors is true to its movie roots, which fans of the film will appreciate.
The little touches in the game's Story Mode carry through to mini-games and a complete retro, side-scrolling, fighting game called "The Armies of the Night." All these added up let you know that the creators of The Warriors love themselves some fighting gameage. Rarely do you find such a nice collection of loving detail wrapped around something as mundane as a licensed game.