The price of this one is being really stubborn, but it's currently a bit cheaper on the Vita than PS3. In some ways, the Vita version is better as you can use the touchscreen to pick up items and unlock doors, leaving you free to enjoy the excellent fantasy scrolling beat 'em up action. The RPG elements are fantastically deep too and the game's been patched recently to unlock an extra difficulty tier, which has ensured it's effectively glued the card flap shut on our Vita's again.
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Dragon’s Crown is a fond throwback to classic side-scrolling beat ‘em ups like Streets of Rage, or more specifically, Golden Axe (you can totally ride dragons!). Stages involve going from left to right with a four-strong group consisting of knights, amazons, dwarves, elves, wizards or sorceresses. There's a boss with a health bar as wide as your TV at the end of each one too, with one of them being a clever nod to a certain Monty Python film. Sold yet?
You’re spoilt for choice, with six different character types to choose from. They’re ranked from beginner to expert, but to be honest you’ll be fine going with whichever takes your fancy from the start and you're allowed to have a few on the go at once.
There's been quite a bit of mild outcry (let's face it, it hasn't really been an uproar) over the female character design. And we can see why, those boobs are ridiculous and every time we see a female character in a story scene, they seem to be either borderline naked or lying in a ridiculously suggestive position.
Call it homage to classic art styles, call it immature character artists or call it pandering to a predominantly male audience. It's blatantly a case of all of the above. But does it deter from the gameplay? No. It's frequently so over the top it becomes quite amusing in a 'what were they thinking' or ‘why does that mermaid have a bum?' sort of way. You'll have seen worse in most pop music videos to be honest too. If anything, the muscular dwarve’s shorts concern us the most anyway.Click here to read more...
Be aware that this has featured in a Groupees bundle before! Also be aware that it's a surprisingly brilliant brawler packing superbly responsive mechanics. Full review through the link.
Here's the latest batch of character gameplay videos for the upcoming side-scrolling beat em' up / action RPG hybrid, Dragon's Crown, for the PS3 and Vita. The Amazon warrior makes the previously-revealed top-heavy Sorceress look like a nun, with an outfit seemingly made of string. Questionable art direction aside, the game is looking like an old-school riot to play.Click here to read more...
Developer: Southend Interactive
Publisher: Deep Silver
We adore sidescrolling beat 'em ups here at Dealspwn.com. They're frequently not big nor particularly clever, but when enjoyed with a couple of mates on the same sofa, a lukewarm pizza and a few cold drinks (perhaps of the alcoholic variety if you're over 18), the local shenanigans they provide are one of life's simple pleasures. There's something wholesome about getting together around a single screen for an epic night of punching goons in the face, an increasingly rustic joy that's fast becoming a distant memory in this digital age.
Sacred Citadel follows in the grand tradition of Streets Of Rage, TMNT and Guardian Heroes, offering plenty of brutal action while infusing RPG elements and gorgeous rotoscoped fantasy trappings into the formula. It's not the finest example of the genre available on downloadable platforms, but if you're looking for some local cooperative fun, you can't go far wrong here.
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Here's another collection of videos from the Injustice: Gods Among Us Battle Arena for you. This time we get to see Superman square up to Sinestro and Green Arrow attempt to ground Hawkgirl. The variety of moves on show is astounding, giving the game a real feel of getting into the spirit of each character, more than any comic/fighting cross-over I've ever seen. Using the environment plays a key part once again with a few jaw-dropping scenes. If this plays half as entertainingly as it is to watch I think Warner Bros may be onto a winner. Injustice: Gods Among Us is out April 19th.Click here for both videos.
I was expecting this game to be a complete disaster, but in small doses the multiplayer can be quite fun. There's a wide range of characters and seeing their unique skills and the mashups of stages paying homage to past classic PlayStation games pleased my inner fanboy. It's letdown by some dodgy character balancing that favours anyone with a sword though. You get a code for a free copy of the Vita version too that has a handy cross-save feature for playing out of the house. You can use the Vita as a secondary controller on the PS3 but only when signed into a different PSN account, which is a bit of a balls up on Sony's part.
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Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita (both reviewed)
Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Requested and rumoured for years, we finally have a game putting together a rich collection of the finest PlayStation-exclusive characters along with some top names from third-party brands for a mighty punch-up. The comparisons to Nintendo’s Smash Brothers are obvious, as they always were going to be, but I’m here to review the game on its own merits.
Buying the PS3 game also gives you access to a free download of the Vita version and I’ll go into details about the portable options later on. Let’s get stuck into the game itself on PS3 first.
Fights take place in 2D arenas with multiple platforms to leap around on and traps to avoid or boot your foes into. The action is simple and shouldn’t take newbies or casuals long to pick up. X is jump and the remaining face buttons are all varied attacks. Press an attack button in conjunction with a direction on the d-pad/analogue stick and you’ll get a different move. Not every character has the same controls for certain moves though; launch moves for opponent juggling for example may be different between Kratos and Sackboy. There are blocking and taunt buttons, but in general, it’s a button basher through and through. Special weapon pick-ups like bombs and swords appear occasionally too.Click here to read more...
Brilliant brawler Anarchy Reigns will be arriving on British shores next January for £19.99, and Platinum Games would like to sweeten the deal for early adopters. Pre-order customers can upgrade to the Limited Edition for free, which includes fan-favourite Bayonetta as a playable character along with some extra DLC.Click here to read more...
After months of delays, SEGA recently announced that Platinum Games-developed brawler Anarchy Reigns will release in Europe next January, at a budget £19.99 RRP. To ensure that it doesn't slip under your radar, they've now issued a bevy of visceral screenshots to show off the ridiculous 16-way battles to advantage.
I described Anarchy Reigns as one of the "very best online multiplayer games of this generation" in our 9/10 import review. I'll see you online.Click here to read more...
IndieGameStand's latest Pay What You Want spotlight is Megabyte Punch, a customisable brawler. Depending on how excited you are about the idea of creating your own robotic brawlers out of over 100 parts, taking them through an adventure mode or battling your friends, you can pay a corresponding amount of money.
Note that you'll get immediate access to the alpha version and free updates to the finished build as development continues.
Publisher: Nyu Media
Big things can come in small packages. The inexorable rise of the indie scene proves that dedicated designers can overcome tiny budgets and miniscule resources with big ideas, innovative art direction and enormous amounts of hard graft to deliver absolutely sensational games. In Japan, many developers share ideas and skills to form Doujin circles, and many of these collaborations have reached the west courtesy of localisation publishers like Nyu Media.
Fairy Bloom Freesia is their latest localised offering, developed by the esteemed Edelweiss doujin circle responsible for the likes of Ether Vapor. Playing as the forest guardian Freesia (who is, somewhat predictably, an adorable anime girl of indeterminate age), you'll engage in some frantic 2D arena beat 'em up action against armies of ravening golems, with gameplay resembling a singleplayer Super Smash Bros in parts. Visual novel-style cutscenes introduce some zany supporting characters, many of whom become bosses or powerful allies and all of whom come out with some suitably offbeat translated dialogue. Some may buy into it for the sheer Japanese quirkiness of it all, but the colourful 'moe' stylings mask a fundamental truth.
Put simply, Fairy Bloom Freesia is one of the most technically accomplished, responsive and satisfying beat 'em ups I've played in ages.
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Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (version shown) | Wii U
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
NetherRealm, the studio formed from the remains of Midway, have been one of the few developers outside of Japan that haven’t given up on providing us with beat ‘em up brawlers over the years. Most famous for the Mortal Kombat series, their last title Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe, whet our appetites for more from the DC collection as the two worlds didn’t quite connect as gamers wanted. Mainly because DC won’t let you gut DC characters in the way Mortal Kombat games are all about.
Now we’re free to play as these classic DC characters in a manner much more suited to their elaborate comic book backgrounds. The fighting style and feel may initially seem similar to Mortal Kombat, but it isn’t long before we start to see why this game is standing out from not only Mortal Kombat but other big name fighters too.
We’ve sat through many developer previews at Gamescom this year, where developers have boasted new features that will set apart their game from the competition and when Adam Urbano, senior producer on Injustice: Gods Among Us, says their game’s backgrounds are set to do that I was admittedly sceptical.
Until he showed me.Click here to read more...
How has it taken this long? Must surely be the questions on thousands of PC gamer's lips? Originally released on XBLA in 2008, I thought PS3 gamers had it bad waiting until 2010 to play this little corker.
This old school scrolling beat ‘em up features simple controls and basic levelling up elements, making it very accessible to all gamers. Four-player co-op is just a dream too, not to mention it makes the boss battles less frustrating.
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Platforms: PSN | XBLA (reviewed)
Developer: WayForward Technologies
Publisher: Majesco Entertainment
Double Dragon practically invented the 2D beat 'em up genre when it released in 1987. Billy and Jimmy's brutal adventure to save Marian from the Black Warriors gang still stands tall as an essential experience for gaming connoisseurs, but after an excellent sequel, the franchise failed to make it into the 21st century.
Cue WayForward, a developer famed for their love of authenticity and side-scrolling skills, who stepped in to deliver a proper reboot of the classic game. By delivering the quintessential feel of the original wrapped in an irreverent pastiche of all things 80s and boasting the best soundtrack of 2012, Double Dragon Neon reminds us just how much fun we used to have back in the day.
But it also reminds us of just how far we've come.
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Contra 4 showed that Wayforward have some aptitude when it comes to delivering new versions of classic franchises, and they're back with another this July for XBLA/PSN with Double Dragon: Neon.Click here to read more...
We're big fans of Platinum's work, here at Dealspwn. The company behind MadWorld, Infinite Space, Bayonetta and Vanquish have, more often than not, produced decidedly Japanese games that a Western audience can really get behind. The ultra-violence of MadWorld rocked and mocked the almost religiously child-friendly Wii, Infinite Space proved that BioWare weren't the only ones who could pull off a high quality, grand space opera, Bayonetta squared up to Devil May Cry with its glorious combat system...and arguably won, and Vanquish, short though it was, showed that there was still innovation to be found in the shooter market, even if no-one bought it.
Platinum, it would seem, appear to like a bit of a challenge, and this brings us to Anarchy Reigns - a game that's looking to single-handedly bring back the old-school brawler, but with a few modern touches.Click here to read more...
Platinum's beat 'em up is beginning to take violent shape, as this trailer from TGS shows. The vid shows off a few more characters, some nice gameplay battles and the best fake teeth you've ever seen.
Anarchy Reigns is out early next year on PS3 and Xbox 360.Hit the jump to see the trailer...
Sega have released a couple of videos in the last day or two, introducing a few new characters for their upcoming-but-delayed brawler Anarchy Reigns. Below the jump you'll find trailers for Garuda, a massive blue transforming robot that can turn itself into a jet and bash people with fists that transform into drills, and Oinkie, who might best be described as by alluding to a couple of comic book villains: just imagine if Bane ate all of the pies and then suddenly transformed into a hyper-obese Lizardman...you get the idea.Check out the trailers after the jump...