You cannot talk about Double Dragon without bringing up games like Streets of Rage, Final Fight, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The thing is, it is kind of unfair as Double Dragon came out many years before those games and you could argue that if it was not for the success of this game, we would not have gotten those other ones. This game was ported to pretty much anything that was capable of playing a video game. The version I am checking out today is the Sega Genesis version which was released a whole five years after the game was first released in arcades.
They Took My Girl!
The start of the game is kind of brutal as a young girl gets punched in the stomach and then kidnapped. The heroes of Double Dragon are Billy and Jimmy Lee, two badasses who will not stand for this, especially as the girl that was taken is the girlfriend of Billy. You wage war on the Black Warriors gang to get her back and clean up the streets. It is like something out of an 80s action movie and I like it.
Better Than Arcade Perfect
I would say that visually, the Sega Genesis version of Double Dragon is as good as the arcade, but there is one area that it actually trumps it and that is with the slowdown. The arcade game could slow down when a bunch of stuff was happening on the screen, but that is not the case in this game. The soundtrack though has taken a real hit. It sounds pretty bad and it can really get on your nerves after a short while.
Taking Your Time
One of the reasons that many people seem to hate on this version of the game is the way it plays. You cannot just mash the buttons like a maniac in this version. You have to be a bit more deliberate with your punches and kicks. When you button mash, the game will often not register a hit. I get that this is clearly some kind of issue or glitch with the game, but it is what it is and if you are willing to work around it you will have fun.
You can play the game with a buddy if you want, but it is not the deepest of beat em ups. The reason I say this is because you turn the game on and you just jump right in. There are no difficulty options, no extra modes, or anything else. It is as bare-bones as you can possibly get. It does not make it a bad game, but a very limited one. Especially when you consider by the time this came out, we had already had Streets of Rage 1, 2, Final Fight, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I think that Double Dragon certainly has its place in history. One of my best arcade memories is in the late 80s me and this other kid actually beat the arcade game. I did not know this kid, we just started playing together and we clicked! The Sega Genesis version of this game came way, way too late. If it had been a launch game it may have faired better, but by the time this was released the genre already had bigger and better games.
- The game looks good
- It has next to no slowdown
- You can play with a friend
- It is very easy to pick up and play
- The game offers a decent challenge
- There are far better beat em ups on the console
- The game overall is very bare-bones
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode