Excerpt: Double Dragon was a shocking game in its day (in the year of our Lord 1987). We fight through hordes of bad guys to rescue our girlfriend. The female characters had graduates from being princesses to just girlfriends. Which probably has more of an emotional response to modern day men than a princess does. Only to find the kidnapper is our brother. The horror! The shock!
Excerpt: On the surface, Double Dragon Neon looks like a great fighter. However, after an extended bout, you’ll see some flaws that keep it from being among XBLA’s best. With Neon , revival-friendly Wayforward Technologies ( A Boy and His Blob , Contra 4 ) once again pays homage to the past with their own unique style.
Pros: + Gorgeous visuals, awesomely cheesy tunes, and funny (if occasionally offensive) voice clips., + Combat has subtle depth, enhanced by status modifiers and special moves.
Cons: ? Are the jetpack girls the most annoying non-boss beat-’em-up opponents ever? (Yes.)
Excerpt: Let me preface this review by saying that I don’t think the brawler or “scrolling beat ‘em up” genre is obsolete. If you firmly believe that there’s something inherently dated about a game like Streets of Rage , Final Fight or Double Dragon , neither this game nor this review will attempt to change your mind. I think it’s important to establish that the following is the opinion of someone who appreciates the genre.