WayForward’s bringing a hearty helping of girl power to the PlayStation 4 from 5th September, with the refreshingly retro River City Girls. The latest in the long line of Kunio-Kun titles will flip the script, seeing high-schoolers Kyoko and Misako slugging their way through the mean streets of the titular River City in pursuit of their boyfriends.
There’s a hint of Ubisoft's Scott Pilgrim to the animation and art style, which is no bad thing. Expect some depth to this beat-‘em-up, too, as you interact with NPCs and purchase stat-boosting items. According to the press release, you’ll even be able to recruit defeated enemies to fight on your side – all to the beat of an original synthpop soundtrack, as revealed by the trailer embedded above.
With a price point of $29.99, we can’t help but ponder whether the popular developer’s pushing its luck here, but if the gameplay can remain engaging over the course of its full campaign, then it may be worth a punt. Are you feeling the lure of baes with baseball bats? Show off your street smarts in the comments section below.
I think this looks cool, but beat-'em-ups get so tedious to play these days. I hope they can find a way to keep the gameplay fresh.
As a big Kunio fan I will definitely be picking this up.
Looks like a lot of fun!!! I think my daughters would love this so may pick it up if reviews are good.
I agree, I too am getting some Scott Pilgrim vibes from this.
Speaking of Scott Pilgrim, that’s a game that’s not only due a rerelease of some kind, but actually due being able to buy in any form.
The price is high, but if it has some good content then I’m down. Looks fun.
Super cool! Im down
The game looks great but yeah the price is a bit expensive, especially on ps4 where you can get bloodborne or uncharted 4 or horizon zd complete for $20, or god of war or spider-man for $40.
Looks good and fun but for that price it better have a lot of content if not then I just wait for reviews and a price drop or some discount
If I'm being honest, and this is as an 80s kid who played TMNT and Double Dragon back in the day, beat em ups are pretty boring aren't they?
I'm seeing Double Dragon, Streets of Rage and Renegade here, Yes, they were repetitive button mashing exercises but it didn't stop us pumping several £1 coins in during a session!
Nice! love the river city games the only beat em' up I never get bored of, and happy to see arc are trying to revive it and flipped the script
Only doubts about it are if there are mass alterations to the RPG elements it can ruin it but looking forward to it regardless, cant be as bad as double dragon 4
Very cool they make some amazing games.
Why does it have to have clunky pixel retro graphics? I really hate that and sick of this trend. They could make it look as good as the animation they show in the video.
@tomassi Depends on the game and how fleshed out it is imo. Games like DMC and bayonetta are great cuz there a bunch of unlockables and replayability like multiple difficulties, a very big moveset and whatnot, while the yakuza series, including Judgement, has a buncha mini games, side quests, and very good stories. Then theres scott pilgrim in which I really love but would play for a few hours for fun and then switch games.
@Gumbopudding My thoughts exactly. An awful, awful trend.
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