I would say YES
Zekester! However, I am a huge fan of the 1979 film and have a certain attachment to the characters and the film.
For a brawler, it's alot of fun. I started playing it a little this weekend. The fighting seems to be very realistic (not that I've ever been in a NYC gang and know what I'm talking about). You can actually pummel a guy, pick him up and slam him to the ground, then sit on him punching away on his face then picking him back up and throwing him into a wall! Cool! The environments are great and highly interactive too. Call me crazy but running through the alleyways as a Warrior and jumping chain link fences and climbing on rooftops etc. is so much fun! Especially when a gang is chasing you!
I also like how you have to break into store fronts to steal items and money. The alarm goes off and you have a limited amount of time to steal and get the hell out of there before the cops come! You need to steal because you need money to buy "flash" (i.e., healing drugs) and spray paint for plastering your "W" everywhere. By the way, if you get nailed by the cops they will handcuff you or your fellow warriors and you have to go up to them and utilize a handcuff minigame to free them - all with the pressure of knowing the cops may be coming after you!
The controls are very easy to use - you can issue commands to your other Warriors by pressing a direction on the d-pad (ex. left=wreck them all, right=join up etc.) And the way your fellow Warriors follow you and help you out in a rumble is incredible. I had one Warrior holding a guy while I hit him. Cool! Oh, and be sure not to hit your own Warriors! I've done that several times. Oops.
I highly recommend this one and I can't wait to meet up with the Baseball Furies!!! As Ajax says in the movie, "Did we lose those f'ing clowns?"