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Play involves using an array of moves, blocks, rushes, dodges and super-strikes. At first it seems like you have just a few of these moves assigned to each button, but you soon discover the number of attacks on offer is huge. By combining buttons, running and positioning you can pull off a large number of offensive and defensive options. Get really good and you can string these together to hit and catch enemies in the air.
It's a hard game, even on the easiest setting. If you run out of lives you need to start from the beginning. But for those where this barrier isn't insurmountable it offers a tough challenge like was found in the arcades. As you repeat each level you learn which moves work on which enemies and how to use the specific attacks of each of the three player-characters most effectively:
- Claire Sparks, a student and martial arts expert, who has become unwillingly embroiled in the rescue of her sister.
- Duke Sancho is a quick-witted, bare-knuckle fighter from London, earning his nickname after a brawl in the Duke of Wellington pub.
- Miller T. Williams, a Canadian ex-pro wrestler, controversially removed from competitions for use of excessive force. Together the three friends must battle their way through the streets of London on a dangerous journey to bring back Claire’s sister!
The result is a beautiful looking and sounding game that pulls no punches. Improving your progress and score is really satisfying as you learn to master the different systems. Played cooperatively this is a great way to get sentimental about the old arcades or just have a good time in its own right.
There are a number of female characters dressed in revealing ways, using whips to attack. The male characters are largely more covered up.
11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's a hard game, so younger children who relish a challenge and don't mind having to start again when they lose will enjoy it.
There are difficulty settings, but even on Easy it's quite hard. You can unlock an extra hard difficulty by finishing the game. There is a tutorial but this is not enabled until you finish the main game.
You can select from 24 different button combinations but not swap sticks or remap buttons.
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