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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Double Dragon re-introduces martial Arts masters, Billy and Jimmy Lee (AKA Hammer and Spike), who must defeat the savage street gang known as the Black Warriors to rescue Billy's girlfriend, Marian. Fight your way through four levels from the street and factory to jungle/forest and castle, using every move available to you such as back-kicks, elbows, uppercuts and more. The Xbox Live Arcade version featurse a downloadable demo and original and graphical enhanced versions. Player action includes online co-op 2 player and one-on-one fighting for the final battle. The game also features the opportunity to score 12 achievement points for your online Xbox Live Arcade profile and an online leaderboard gives you the opportunity to show off your Double Dragon skills to your friends. [Empire Interactive] Expand
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. While Double Dragon might not turn the heads of today’s youngsters, aging gamers will definitely enjoy the quick stroll down memory lane.
  2. The end fight where you have to plug every single enemy and boss before facing the unfairly tough villain is the stuff of legends...Co-op play is essential if you want to finish the game. [Feb 2007, p.100]
  3. Double Dragon for the Xbox Live Arcade will provide some quick entertainment for nostalgia fiends, but the game doesn't hold up as well as you might hope.
  4. Double Dragon succeeds in delivering the same action as its NES predecessor, but it’s bogged down by its total lack of difficulty and the pitiful emulation job.
  5. A game that should have received a massive retooling to bring it into the modern era, or been left to those gamers that like to pull out their old NES system once in a while. Though the game is only 400 points, that is a steep price for about 20 minutes of game play.
  6. So all in all, with the impressive Double Dragon Advance being available since 2003, an arcade perfect version of the original was never going to wow today's audience, even with it's HD graphics & online co-op options.
  7. A very short, and very dull, brawler. Double Dragon does include some nice "extras" - configurable controls, and some arcade flyers, which should be worth an extra point, but throws the point away with quite possibly the worst (unstoppable) menu music I have ever heard in my entire life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Kenny
    May 16, 2007
    This one was a buy as soon as i seen it available on the marketplace. If you were a fan of the arcade or even the extended NES version, then this is a must buy for you. Expand
  2. CrakaveliTheDon
    Mar 30, 2007
    This game is timeless an absolute classic, it brings back fond memories of my childhood playing this game with my brother. Quite simply they don't make games like this anymore! Expand
  3. TobyO.
    Oct 12, 2007
    It's a $5 history lesson. Back in the day, Double Dragon was the stuff. It may not have aged the best, but it's a 80's arcade brawler, not an RPG or even Street Fighter! I had fun returning to it (back elbow rules!), and didn't run into the glitches and bugs bemoaned in other reviews. If money's no object, though, I highly recommend Atlus' Double Dragon Advance for GBA. Expand
  4. DarrenD.
    Sep 30, 2007
    Not how I remembered it. Far too short and far too easy with unlimited continues and the achievements are glitched.
  5. Sep 24, 2014
    This version of Double Dragon is the closest match to the original that there is. Still, it isn't the same as the arcade. Visuals are about on par with the original, but I will admit the handling isn't that good on the 360's controller.

    While it is fairly loyal port of the original, it mostly makes you feel how dated the original is. Also, playing on your TV at home just isn't the same as the arcade down the street. This is one of those games that can only be truly enjoyed on an arcade cabinet.
  6. sammaher
    Jul 4, 2008
    I don't remember this game being so short!! Loved this game when it was an arcade classic, But it has not stood the test of time unfortunately. O.k for a one night blast of nostalgia (although will only probably take around 40 mins to complete, and the replay value is not great). Sometimes the memory' s are better!! Expand
  7. MatC.
    May 11, 2007
    Sluggish, unresponsive, and steals the fun of the arcade original away by not being ready for prime-time.

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