If you’re like me, then you’ve read a negative review of Double Dragon Neon. As a PSN+ member, I received the game for free, and with a friend in town, decided to fire it up for old time’s sake. After 5 minutes, we were hooked. Be like me, guys, and ignore those bad reviews. Double Dragon Neon is worth your time.
If you grew up playing brawlers such as Final Fight, Fatal Fury, and of course, Double Dragon, then this game is a no-brainer. It’s $10, priced similarly to re-released ports of old school brawlers, and will provide significantly more entertainment. While the story and combat are simple, there are various power-ups and cheesey references peppered throughout Neon like potpourri. The game benefits from power-ups, or cassette tapes (hello 80’s!) that contain songs, which add new attacks and stat-boosters called Stances. Otherwise, yes, it is your typical side-scrolling, arcade-action brawler. I had the benefit of playing co-op with a friend who also grew up playing these games. The references were hilarious and sharing health and lives made it somewhat competitive. Oh, and you can high five in-game!
If you’re in your 30’s and you love brawlers, get this game. If you are a PSN+ member, it’s worth the little amount of space on your hard drive.