Excerpt: I don’t care what everyone tells you; the 80’s sucked. As decades go, very little of worth came from that period and what did -- yuppie pony tails, huge shoulder pads on cardigans, the new romantic music revolution -- can just go to hell and die. Still, there seems to be a lingering sense of nostalgia wafting around causing everything from that period to get rebooted and shoved anew down our throats.
Conclusion: If you want a cheap fun game to play through quickly or you want a fun old school feeling game to play with a friend then this is definitely worth checking out and if you haven’t played another Double Dragon game before this one may be a good way to start out.
Summary: Last year around this time I was raving about WayForward's brilliant BloodRayne: Betrayal, a fresh take on an otherwise middling action franchise. I loved it, but was shocked to discover that many of my fellow critics hated every second of it. The same thing happened with Contra 4; I felt like it was the perfect revival of a classic game series, while others seemed to think it was a complete waste of time. Now it's 2012 and apparently nothing has changed.
Summary: Double Dragon: Neon is either another must-own game from WayForward or the worst game of the year; it all depends on who you ask. Despite the lack of online play and a few repetitive moments, I was won over by Neon's charm. The 1980s are alive and well in WayForward's newest game! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Excerpt: As the medium of video games grows older, we are now reaching the oh-so-seminal quarter-century milestones of many classic series. Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda , and Metal Gear all recently celebrated their 25th birthdays, and this year another classic series joins the club: Double Dragon .
Excerpt: Well, after playing it, I realize that I was too harsh on the graphic style chosen and there's far more to it than I could've realized then (but more on that later). The core game is vintage Double Dragon greatness with a megaton blast of humor and homage to other games and '80s culture that had me laughing my ass off. It really started with the game's opening and just like before, there's the Road Avenger car in the garage – okay, they got that part right.
Summary: Blast Factor: Double Dragon: Neon is well worth its $10.00 price tag. Underneath its 80s glam exterior, Neon’s leveling system, unlockable difficulties, challenging achievements, and “Bro-op” modes will keep players coming back for more. It’s understandable that Neon may appeal more to the NES generation than the PlayStation generation, but the over-the-top 80s references are only partly to blame.
Summary: What would a magical skeleton want with an ordinary woman? The answer isn't important (and is most likely pretty gross), but the rescue mission that follows this kidnapping sure is fun. Double Dragon Neon is a smart update to the arcade classic from decades ago. By melding the iconic characters and traditional beat-'em-up structure from the original Double Dragon with an overhauled combat system that rewards precise defensive counters and clever skill manipulation, Neon...
Pros: Goofy atmosphere with amusing jokes, Defensive mechanics reward skilled players, Passive and special abilities allow for smart customization
Cons: Tedious grinding in harder difficulties, No online co-op