Conclusion: When all is said and done, Tokyo Beat Down is a charming tale that's probably not worth playing through. The dated gameplay and stiff controls just don't do the tongue-in-cheek storytelling justice.
Summary: Only its cheesy '80s cop show vibe saves Tokyo Beat Down from being a bland, unremarkable brawler.
Pros: Cheesy jokes give the game (and manual) personality, Fun in short spurts, Responsive punching and kicking
Cons: Cheesy jokes often fall flat, Gun combat feels cheap and annoying, especially when enemies gang up on you, Little enemy variety, even amongst bosses, Patrol sequences are a missed opportunity, Takes too long to get up after getting knocked down
Summary: Tokyo Beat Down is a tale of greed, corruption, and good old-fashion violence. Experience the sweet nostalgia of classic coin-op beat 'em ups, where you must rely on your fists, firearms, and anything else that happens to be lying around to beat the sin out of Tokyo's criminals.
Excerpt: I have to admit, I've been a little depressed in the gaming world lately. A lot of people are riding high off of Resident Evil 5 , but not me so much. The things I look for in a game (good level design, decent writing, and entertaining gameplay) so rarely come together these days that I've found...
Excerpt: Through the first half of the “Ëœ90s, if you were in an arcade, you were always at least an arm’s-length away from a brawler. While games such as Kung Fu Master paved the way for the genre, it wasn’t until games such as Double Dragon and Final Fight that brawlers boomed.
Conclusion: Who has it within them to rise up against the ever growing threat of violence, crime, and terrorism on the streets of Tokyo? Enter the Beast Cops, tireless servants of justice. These men and women struggle night and day for the heart of the city.