Game: The Asskickers
System: MAC, PC
Review By: Illmatic
There comes a time when we play a game that reminds us of our childhood. Unfortunately, these games usually are from our childhood. If I were to look back at my childhood and think of one game that really changed my life as a gamer forever, I would have to say that Streets of Rage was that game. Now, this isn’t a review of Streets of Rage, but it is a review of a game that takes me back, way back in time.
Gameplay: The Asskickers is a 2D Side-Scrolling Action Beat-em-Up that is just as fun to play as it is to watch. When I first approached The Asskickers I really didn’t know what to expect. I mean, sure the screenshots looked nice, but how would the gameplay be. After further inspection I can confirm that this game is not only fun to play, but also a game that will take any gamer from the Sega Genesis era back to that era. The Asskickers starts you off with the standard character selection screen. After selecting your preferred brawler, you are ready to venture out into the city to kick ass! Because this is 2D side-scroller, naturally it has a lot to prove in the gameplay department. Unfortunately, since I played this game on my Mac Book Pro, I was only able to use WASD as my method of movement. The game does allow for the use of controllers, but at the time of review I did not have one available. Although WASD is not my favorite method of movement, this game hold up pretty up well.
Graphics: The Asskickers isn’t going to blow your mind away with Crysis like graphics, but the graphics here will excite anyone who has ever wanted a modern day remake of their favorite 2D brawler. The game is colorful and vibrant, and looked absolutely gorgeous on my 15 inch display. The character models and animations are top notch, and they give us a glimpse of what we could have expected from a modern day Streets of Rage remake.
Sound: The sound effects and music in The Asskickers could be kicked up a notch. The sound effects get boring and repetitive rather quickly and the soundtrack is really nothing to write home about. If I had to pick a department where this game really needs to show improvement, this would be the department. Such a great side-scrolling game should be complimented with some pretty epic music.
Wishes or Changes: As I just mentioned, I would have really enjoyed some uber epic music and some more sound effects that were less repetitive. Also, the ability to play online with friends would have been an awesome feature.
TQ Bottom Line: For the very low asking price of $8.99, this game is definitely a steal. Fans of old-school side-scrolling beat-em-ups will have a blast with this title. Even if you have never played a game like this ever in your lifetime, I feel confident to say that you won’t regret buying The Asskickers.
Final Score: 4 out of 5 Michelas!
Developer: AGO Games
Publisher: AGO Games