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  • Summary: Billy & Jimmy Lee have returned to save their shared love interest Marian from the evil Skullmageddon across sixteen brawling levels filled with elaborate missions, malicious enemies and over-the-top battles. Trained by their sensei in a special class of martial arts, Billy & Jimmy are equipped with lethal combat skills and weaponry to crush some faces and battle the baddest goons around as they barnstorm across the galaxy to rescue the love of their lives. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Sep 28, 2012
    90
    Double Dragon Neon is evidence. Evidence that my misplaced obsession with a classic coin-op wasn't misplaced after all. It's proof for those who weren't there – or weren't even born – who believe themselves gaming experts because they remember when the first Deus Ex game came out.
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    85
    Double Dragon: Neon is either another must-own game from WayForward or the worst game of the year; it all depends on who you ask. Despite the lack of online play and a few repetitive moments, I was won over by Neon's charm. The 1980s are alive and well in WayForward's newest game!
  3. Sep 13, 2012
    80
    As gaudy and over-the-top as the '80s itself, but not quite as shallow. This masterful reboot of the granddaddy of scrolling beat 'em-ups has real punch.
  4. Sep 12, 2012
    70
    Double Dragon: Neon is in an awkward position. It may be a bit too Double Dragon for today's generation to understand, yet not Double Dragon enough for hardcore fans to eat up. This is far from the long-awaited Double Dragon revival, but it's a great opportunity to revisit the Lee brothers (or to be introduced to them for the first time). Regardless, Double Dragon: Neon is a challenging, fun game definitely worth looking into.
  5. 60
    Not anywhere near as good as Streets of Rage 2, which came out 20 years ago. That said, it's fun, and more importantly knows that it's outdated. [Issue#91, p.87]
  6. Sep 27, 2012
    60
    If you love the genre of scrolling beat em up, you grew up with Jimmy and Billy and you want that the memories of those wonderful years remains clear in your mind, stay away from this game.
  7. Sep 11, 2012
    30
    It's a brawler that's too focused on amusing you with 80s flair, and it comes at the expense of worthwhile gameplay. Double Dragon: Neon doesn't bother to keep up with contemporaries such as Castle Crashers, Shank, and Scott Pilgrim – and you should let it fall behind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 31, 2013
    10
    One of the best XBOX 360 arcade games i've ever played. Fun, filled with 80's easter eggs, great humour, great gameplay and on top of that: Difficult. This game is for those who love good old Beat Em Up's like Final Fight or Streets Of Rage. Music is great...this game has the most 80s vibe than any else game. Expand
  2. May 4, 2013
    10
    It has been a long time since I played a game where it was so obvious that the developers loved their game and its source material than Double Dragon Neon. This game, it's amazing sound track by Jake Kaufman and it's surprisingly deep brawler game-play warrants several play thorough to see and do all it has to offer. Whether single player or bro-op it's a hype experience from start to finish that never takes itself seriously. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2012
    9
    Don't be fooled by the low scores Beat-em Up fans Double Dragon Neon is a game you need on your radar!

    At the first announcement of
    WayForward remaking Double Dragon I was a tad sceptical and the first screen shots didn't help this feeling. Though the team have pulled through and the finished product exceeded all expectations. This game bleeds style like a rare steak from its cell shaded neon infused art style, 80s influence and referential humour. The story is as simple as can be, one day thugs take your girl and you'll have to fight tooth and nail to get her back. Fighting on the city streets, country side, laboratories and others locations that need to be witnessed first hand. Skills and fighting styles are earned by collecting mixtapes; skills vary from a spinning kick to a screen clearing dragon attack and styles are to cater to the way each persons play-style, having a rough time? Equip the "training wheels" style or do you want to abuse fireballs? use the "Magic gambit" style. Both can be levelled up at the various stores and collected through normal gameplay.

    On the topic of Mix tapes the games soundtrack has to be the best part of this game Jake Kaufman's work really makes the game flow and a lot of effort was put into the games sound design (All the mixtapes in the game have their own little jingles that each show the 80's influences and the OST is free on his bandcamp). The cast of voices have a refined cheesy vocabulary that fits well into the aesthetic, Minions will cartwheel on screen yelling out "Gymnastics!" as their battle cry. The Bosses are very creative to fight and require some skill and strategy to defeat (the final boss can feel a bit cheap). Minion feel a little repetitive but their designs vary over the levels and new foes are introduced all the way til the final stages. The game currently has some small issues from launch but a patch is already on the way and the bugs did not affect my gameplay. The game is short running about 2.5 hours on a single play through. Re-playability comes in the style of higher difficulties and maxing out your mixtapes. The game supports drop-in, drop-out local co-op but currently lacks a online feature.

    For $10 you really can't go wrong, Double Dragon Neon is one of the finer remakes of this generation that would be a shame to miss.
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  4. Sep 22, 2012
    8
    Great game! Doesnt have the same vibe from the old double dragon games but its a great beat-em up and for only 800 microsoft points, a must buy for all the fans of the genre. Expand
  5. Sep 19, 2012
    8
    I'm a little disappointed at some of the low review scores for this game. My friend and I have been playing Double Dragon and having a blast. The slower, deliberate pacing and controls might require a bit to get used to if you've been hammering on modern beat-em-ups like Castle Crashers, Shank, or Scott Pilgrim, but after a while they'll click into an all-too-familiar rhythm. The game can get a bit grindy once you get further into the game, but the solid fighting and high-fiving, bro-action silliness keep it lively. If you've got a buddy willing to plunk down $5 alongside you, chances are you'll be high-fiving each other right alongside the Lee brothers. Expand
  6. Apr 14, 2013
    8
    Double Dragon Neon se veut comme un hommage au beat'em all des années 90, tout en s'éloignant considérablement de l'esprit du titre originel, ce qui risque de lui aliéner les fans de la première heure. Pour les autres, ils prendront un certain plaisir parcourir, le temps de quelques heures, en solo mais surtout en duo, ce jeu de baston assez sympathique qui présente un challenge assez relevé. Pas un chef d'oeuvre, mais un titre l'ancienne qui gagne néanmoins être essayé... Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2012
    6
    I'll be honest, ever since the first trailer for this game I thought it was going to be absolute garbage. And this game completely defied all my expectations. It's a really fun game with only a few major shortcomings that down the score to the 6 I'm giving it. The first thing you really notice is the Street Fighter 4 styled visuals which look pretty good, although it is a little weird coming from WayForward, known for great looking 2D sprites. The second thing is the awesome 80's as hell soundtrack. And then the humor in the game, which is fantastic. It's really funny, and also the references to other games (even Diablo 2) are always nice to catch and bring a smile to your face. The combat is a little awkward to get used to at first but you sort of get the hang of it after a while. It is a pretty non-standard style of play for the genre but it works well, especially with 2 players. The shortcomings of the game sadly bog down the experience to one I would pay 5 dollars for rather than the 10 dollar asking price. For one, the combat isn't perfect, it's really not good enough to uphold the whole experience. I'd much rather go back and play the first game or the second game. Pretty much the biggest gripe I had with the combat was the grappling system. Remember in the first and second games you would grab woman by the hair and knee them in the face? Or grab men by the neck, and beat their face in with your fist? That doesn't happen in this game, the grapple is relegated to a stupid dinky little throw you can only do to certain enemies when they're stunned. The game lacks all the brutality of the old Double Dragon games, which while that may suit the cartoony 80's style they have going on, doesn't make the combat feel very fun or satisfying. That's just a minor gripe with the combat though, the biggest issues are how short the game is, and the lack of replay value. Aside form replaying the game on higher difficulties there's not much replay value, ESPECIALLY for a short game without much variety. even with all the different moves and stances to level up it doesn't really seem like the game you'll be going back to. Also an issue is - who is this game for? I mean, it's not Double Dragon enough for the Double Dragon fans, and it's too 80's for anyone who didn't own an NES as a kid. All in all I'd wait for a 5 dollar price and romp through it with a friend. Expand

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