Everyone is kung-fu fighting!
Anyone who has fond memories of classic eighties side-scrolling brawlers like Renegade
, Streets of Rage
, and of course the original Double Dragon
, is going to jump at the chance to relive those halcyon days of bashing away at goons. Double Dragon: Neon brings a genre which has long been in decline into the modern era and although it stumbles a little, it's still a corking piece of retro entertainment. The essential elements are still in play, with series heroes Billy and Jimmy Lee once again out to save their gal Marian, who has got herself kidnapped by the superbly named Skullmageddon. The gameplay is that familiar side-scrolling fighting action, although the perspective has now shifted into 3D and has a classic neon-drenched eighties vibe to it. Your journey will take you through a variety of exotic environments, including the Asian countryside, outer space, a graveyard and ultimately, Skullmageddon's palace. There's a wide range of punching and kicking attacks to take out the bad guys, which can be combined into combos, while you've also got lots of weapons to grab. Neon does a really great job of updating a fondly remembered retro fighting game and bringing it to a new audience. The gameplay isn't overly complex but it is fun and it's highly satisfying beating the living daylights out of all the punks. The visuals are cracking, full of color and detail that really draws in the eye, while the sound is equally pumping. There are a few minor issues but for the most part, this is a proper trip down memory lane.