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  • Summary: The next entry in the side-scrolling action game series Double Dragon is finally here!
    The story picks up after the elimination of the Shadow Warriors in Double Dragon II!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Feb 3, 2017
    80
    Possibly its best home game to date. It wears its 8-bit roots on its sleeve and delivers exciting beat-em-up action most of the time. The overall package is hurt by occasionally clunky controls, iffy platforming and a lack of online play. Longtime fans of the series will be right at home with the overall package, though. The core gameplay is rock-solid and is well-worth checking out for longtime fans, while newcomers will find out exactly why the franchise has been so beloved over the years.
  2. 70
    We wish we'd loved Double Dragon IV a little bit more. It can be chaotic and frustrating, with some obvious problems (no online play! How is that even possible?) and a pretty limited arsenal. But it has the true, genuine Double Dragon's DNA, and that's all that matters to a real fan. It won't cost you but a few bucks, and that's also nice.
  3. Feb 4, 2017
    55
    It's aimed at old-school players, and although it's fun, it is a missed opportunity to do something great, as the series deserves.
  4. Feb 7, 2017
    50
    Double Dragon IV can be completed in just one hour and doesn´t live up to the expectations. Neither its graphics nor the gameplay meet the bare minimum to be expected these days, crowded with awesome games with retro aesthetics. A missed opportunity for the old fashioned beat em up genre.
  5. Feb 3, 2017
    45
    Double Dragon IV has only nostalgia value. Beyond that, the game does not really have any reason to exist. Better try a classic game of the series to known emulators out there.
  6. Feb 24, 2017
    40
    I like old-school brawler. I like pixelart. But Double Dragon 4 is too old-school for its own sake. Instead of trying to stay true to its roots and modernize the concept here and then this game seems like they just changed the sprites and backgrounds from Double Dragon 2.
  7. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 1, 2017
    33
    Double Dragon 4 is a perfect solution for people who want to relive every bad design feature of 20th century arcade games. Feel once again that surge of emotions when enemies hit you from offscreen, or when you die during a clunky but merciless platforming section. Not to mention the authentic earworm music. [Issue#217, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Feb 3, 2017
    10
    Having played through this full game, (at least I believe so as I have unlocked a few secrets, but I don't know if there are more.) I canHaving played through this full game, (at least I believe so as I have unlocked a few secrets, but I don't know if there are more.) I can safely say that this is a well thought out, and produced 2-D throwback game that, if given the time to learn, (This is nearly Dark Souls hard, and you will have to learn the game to find fun and success in it.)

    Graphics: While these aren't OMG so realistic 3-D skin with bloom and brown colors so realism graphics, clearly time was spent trying to both match the style of Double Dragon 2 for the NES, and add onto it with new animations and characters and areas.

    Controls: Not only can you use standards such as Steam, PS4, and Xbox 360 controllers automatically, but I found that with little effort I could use my USB SNES controller adaptor perfectly with no issues which most games would require a 3rd party program such as Joy2Key. A small detail, but it's the thought that counts.

    Gameplay: This is no pushover by far, and players will have to die ALOT in order to understand not just to push buttons to do moves and win, but use the techniques correctly to counter the very smart A.I. who will anticipate your moves, and counter back at you as well as gang up on you. Smart countering and crowd control is rewarded with energetic fights throwing around groups of enemies at a time while staying on your toes. There is also challenging platforming, and a wealth of replay value including an unlockable Tower Mode, and more.

    Sound: Included is a modern remake Soundtrack as well as a selectable Retro Soundtrack with all the old retro sound effects from the original games, and are crisp and clear and sound great.

    Story: There is a small, very 80's video game storyline here to be followed as players complete levels. It ain't Shakespeare, but it's fun, and its follows the original game lore, which is nice.

    Overall: Arc Systems Works buying, and releasing of old, beloved Gaming IP's has been always had alot of care into recreating and adding upon has continued in this release, and if you are a 2-D gaming fan, or someone who is wondering what all the fuss about retro gaming is you will be rewarded with a surprisingly deep game, (if you spend more than 5 minutes with it.), which emphasizes action-based technical gameplay as opposed to the Plain Jane Shooty McBangBangs that have overrun the modern gaming landscape with non-skippable 30 minute cutscenes followed by 2 seconds of gameplay. (Totally not biased, LOL)
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  2. Feb 15, 2017
    9
    If you're an old school type of player. You "should" probably love this.
    Battle through 12 Stages in either single player or couch co-op.
    If you're an old school type of player. You "should" probably love this.
    Battle through 12 Stages in either single player or couch co-op.

    Added is a 2-Player Fight mode from the originals.
    (You unlock all the characters for the duel mode by beating the Single Player/Co-op game.)

    After you complete the Main story there is a tower mode that has 100 rooms/levels or so.
    (You only have one life to make it as far as you can.)

    When you reach certain points in the tower, you can then unlock Enemy characters to play through the story mode with.

    There's quite a few moves too.
    (I love that the special moves can be done in one button press instead of a combo. Which there are a few combos as well.)

    The graphics are mildly upgraded from the originals.
    The sounds are still classic.
    The music is only so-so. (Sort of calming music actually.)
    The controls feel more responsive and smoother than the originals.

    I have no personal complaints about the game.

    9/10.

    It's truly my favorite Double Dragon ever and I feel it delivers on all fronts.
    Could it be upgraded a tad more?
    Probably, let's wait and see if there's another installment or even an update.
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  3. Jan 30, 2017
    4
    Half-assed rushed attempt to leech on the popular name. To release something like this after Double Dragon Neon is just a mug. This game looksHalf-assed rushed attempt to leech on the popular name. To release something like this after Double Dragon Neon is just a mug. This game looks like a cheap beta of a fan-made game. Hell, even most fan-games are far superrior, like Abobo's big adventure, which is a masterpiece. Even plot here looks like garbage, and we talking about old-school beat em up here.
    Boring levels, braindead fighting system, severe lack of content, poor techical side of PC version (not even able to make this crap look right in fullscreen mode). Don't affirm Ark's laziness and never buy this one, or get immidiate refund if you do.
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  4. Feb 5, 2017
    4
    The new moves/customizable controls are an improvement from double dragon 2 with this game...however with it's lazy level design, forgivingThe new moves/customizable controls are an improvement from double dragon 2 with this game...however with it's lazy level design, forgiving continues and barely any challenge unless the screen is swarmed with enemies, anyone comparing this entry to the legendary double dragon 2 is completely delusional Expand