Double Dragon IV
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Developer: Arc System Works
Content Rating: Teen
Double Dragon began in 1987 as an arcade game, and is credited as the series that established the side-scrolling beat 'em up genre.The game features Billy and Jimmy Lee, both masters of the S?setsuken martial art. In addition to kicks and punches, the two also use special moves and enemy weapons to take down foes in a captivating fashion as they progress through the game's stages.It is a game renowned for its satisfying difficulty balance and fun cooperative mode.
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Arc System Work's staunch dedication to the retro aesthetic for Double Dragon IV is admirable, but still falls short of the mark even when juxtaposed to several of the series' own entries. Punch and kicking dudes as Billy and Jimmy still works, but many elements of IV just feel a little too off-brand for my liking.
Double Dragon IV feels like the developer Arc System Works discovered an unreleased old NES game and emulated it on PS4. Its graphics, sound, and gameplay are utterly authentic to the period. Unfortunately, so are its cheap shots and frustrating design elements. It's certainly a lot of fun to play for a while, but once its nostalgic novelty wears off, only hardcore retro fans will likely want to come back for more.
Double Dragon IV has some nostalgia value for longstanding fans of the franchise or those that just want a glimpse of what brawlers looked like in times long gone, but it offers little in terms of compelling gameplay or interesting mechanics. I’m a big fan of seeing old series recapture glory, but in this case, Double Dragon is an experience better left in the past.