developer: Arc System Works
publisher : Arc System Works
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: common screen, players: 1-2
Double Dragon IV is a new installment of the cult-classic series of beat ‘em ups – the release commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the series. The game was released for multiple platforms, including PS4, PC and etc., and was developed by Arc System Works. Interestingly enough, the development process was spearheaded by people responsible for previous, cult-classic installments of the series, including Takaomi Kaneko (producer), Yoshihisa Kishimoto (director), Koji Ogata (character designer), or Kazunaka Yamane (composer).
Double Dragon IV is seen from a side perspective. The game focuses on traversing through next stages and the elimination of approaching hordes of enemies. We are left with numerous heroes to choose from – we begin with series’ trademark heroes (Billy and Jimmy), and proceed to unlock further characters seen throughout the series. Double Dragon IV is a fighting game – the players make use of punches and kicks, as well as an extensive arsenal of melee weapons, such as knives, sticks, and stones. Similarly to its predecessors, each stage ends with a boss fight that requires some degree of ability and reflex.
The game contains an extensive Story Mode, action of which takes place after the events of Double Dragon II: The Revenge. Billy and Jimmy reprise their roles as the protagonists – the second hero can be taken over by another player. Completing the campaign unlocks additional functionalities, including Tower Mode, in which the players eliminate continuous waves of enemies while climbing to the top of the titular tower. This mode enables us to unlock additional heroes which then can be used in the story mode, or in 2P Duel Mode, an online mode allowing players to face one on one. Additionally, PlayStation 4 users receive access to Share Play, enabling players without the game to participate in other players’ playthroughs. However, such sessions are limited to only one hour.
Double Dragon IV for PS4, PC and etc. is characteristic for its two-dimensional graphics and simple, pixel art visuals, a style reminiscent of its predecessors, known as being one of the reasons for the growth of beat ‘em up genre.
age requirements: everyone
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB 8800 or better, 2 GB HDD, Windows 7(SP1)/8.1/10