The extremely influential Kunio-kun beat-’em-up RPG collection initially made its debut in arcade cupboards and Apple II computer systems alike – all the way in which again in 1986, predating each Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Streets of Rage, when you can consider it – and since then, it’s regularly constructed up fairly the storied legacy, spanning over 20 recreation releases in Japan. Though far fewer have made their strategy to the west. But not too long ago, developer ArcSys streamlined Kunio-kun’s beat-’em-up RPG components with the assistance of 2017’s River City Ransom: Underground and its sequel, 2019’s River City Girls. The latter was particularly well-received for its slick fight, enjoyable soundtrack, and strong degree design. And now, three years on, builders MeansForward and ArcSys are at it once more with the upcoming River City Girls 2. It already guarantees to be a worthy sequel for brawler enjoyers and Kunio-kun followers alike, and I obtained the chance to play its first degree whereas absorbing the preliminary story sequences as three of its six playable characters, exploring a small chunk of its sprawling map, and beating its first boss. It already appears like the right follow-up to each the unique River City Girls and the rather more current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, so buckle up.
River City Girls 2 is pure slapstick, centered round a whimsical but delightfully self-aware solid of anime-inspired characters who’re all purported to be excessive school-aged however usually have a style for violence that might be deeply unbecoming of any precise teenager. Regardless, the entire city desires a chunk of you, and also you’ll rapidly end up selecting fights with nearly everybody. It’s a bit bit like Cobra Kai meets One Punch Man, if that helps.
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There at the moment are six playable characters to pick out from (up from the unique’s core solid of 4), together with new additions Provie and Marian, the previous of which might bust out a boombox with the Y button and breakdance with the B button. Yes, these are precise combating strikes that may do tons of harm to close by enemies, and there are many others that I might have unlocked by visiting the Dojo and shopping for them with in-game forex. All of those characters appear to have their very own combating types, strikes, personalities, and dialogues, although I solely tried three of the six, together with Kunio and Riki. Kunio himself is extra of a heavy hitter, whereas Riki does much less harm per assault however strikes quicker total. According to the builders, one recreation can now be occupied by as much as 4 gamers without delay with the brand new four-player co-op mode, although I didn’t get to strive that in motion.
It’s a bit bit like Cobra Kai meets One Punch Man, if that helps.
The pixelized fashion of River City Girls 2 is simply as colourful and expressive as ever, and it appears to be like nice in 2K. Having not too long ago come away from the enthralling TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, which depends on the identical artwork fashion, it’s actually tough to complain. In motion, the whole lot feels simply as clean as you’d count on. Environments are filled with objects to interrupt aside and weapons to choose up, together with different enemies, and River City Girls 2’s map appears particularly open-ended since you’ll be able to enter retailers and peep into side-areas alongside the primary path – a minimum of within the first degree. Much like its predecessor, it has a wealthy soundtrack that oscillates between 16-bit-inspired tunes and pop songs with glorious vocals from the likes of Cristina Vee and Megan McDuffee, and there’s loads of satirical humor baked straight into a few of these vocals as nicely. For instance, this mall space is scored by a tune that brazenly and gleefully taunts you all through your entire part. It garnered loads of laughs, and lots of of those story moments are arrange with a light-heartedness that usually breaks the fourth wall – which positively suits the pacing of a brawler that includes highschool college students.
I discovered some cool new fight options right here as nicely, together with the flexibility to recruit as much as two downed opponents. They then turn out to be summonable allies that you simply’re capable of carry into battle for a really restricted time, however relying on the way you select to deck out your character’s gear – that is an RPG in spite of everything – it looks like you’ll be able to specialize your summoning talents, making them seem extra frequently and do extra harm. I didn’t get to see the complete extent of River City Girls 2’s development methods, however characters do visibly develop extra highly effective as you employ them and put money into their gear and abilities, and it feels good to develop your individual abilities together with theirs.