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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29

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  1. Mar 27, 2017
    1
    Starts off entertaining, but I think that's mostly due to nostalgia. Multiplayer is lag free, pixel art is nice and the soundtrack is accurate, but the game is too obnoxious to enjoy:

    - even with friendly fire off, enemies or weapons thrown by players can hit you and hurt you. If you're doing 4 player multiplayer, this is way too chaotic to be fun. - attacking some items that can
    Starts off entertaining, but I think that's mostly due to nostalgia. Multiplayer is lag free, pixel art is nice and the soundtrack is accurate, but the game is too obnoxious to enjoy:

    - even with friendly fire off, enemies or weapons thrown by players can hit you and hurt you. If you're doing 4 player multiplayer, this is way too chaotic to be fun.

    - attacking some items that can be used as weapons (ie. boxes) can cause them to bounce off walls then come back and hit you. In a game where you're button mashing, expect to have this happen frequently. In multiplayer sessions, expect it to happen even more frequently.

    - has a "wanted" system like GTA, where police will show up if you vandalize things and you have to ditch them by finding a place to hide. Since it's a button masher, expect to have police show up regularly because you'll accidentally vandalize things while attacking enemies or knocking items (ie. boxes) around from button mashing. Expect to have them show up even more frequently if you're in a multiplayer game.

    - leveling up doesn't increase your stats, it increases the max potential for your stats. You still need to find a place to get food and such to get the stats. Which is OK, except it still keeps the clunky mechanic from the original RCR where it doesn't tell you what stats the items apply until you purchase and consume the item. And if other text appears on the screen while it's telling you what stat is being buffed (common, especially in multiplayer games), you won't even know what the item you just consumed did.

    - you lose half your money on death, which makes the grind even more grindy, and this wouldn't be an issue if it were a skill-based game. Instead it's a button masher where you'll be taking a lot of damage from flying enemies, weapons, police showing up, the multiplayer issues I've already addressed. Expect to die and lose progress frequently due to things that are entirely beyond your control.

    - overpriced simply because it's a licensed title, should be $10 tops and frankly the game should have an Early Access flag with how beefy the post-launch bug fix patches have been, and how many more they have to do. The game is nowhere near finished.
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  2. Oct 15, 2017
    0
    Irritating hit box reading AI
    Irritating run away AI
    Irritating chase mission
    Irritating milk mission
    Irritating weak MC

    There you go, 0 points for you.
    Shame on you for screwing up RCR. Tokyo Rumble is 1000 times better than this crap
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  1. 70
    River City Ransom: Underground is fantastic in how it truly captures the feel of retro games, and it’s clear from the experience that Conatus Creative provides the desire and requisite talent. On top of the original beat-em-up feel, additional features round out the title quite nicely, such as RPG leveling aspects and a fighting engine that packs a punch. The art style, sound, and humor capture the look, feel, and nostalgia of the franchise. Though River City may not have enough to warrant many hours on the game, it’s worth a playthrough, and all but guarantees enjoyment to newcomers and fond memories to franchise veterans.
  2. Mar 4, 2017
    80
    A really good entry for the beat 'em up franchise, and a great choice for both newcomers and old fans.
  3. Feb 27, 2017
    85
    River City Ransom: Underground was worth the wait, and hopefully we don't have to wait nearly three decades for the next one. The look, feel, and humor of the original is here with a new in-depth fighting system that feels fresh yet familiar while being deeper than basically every other game in the genre. I can't say for sure that Underground is the best beat 'em up of all time, but it deserves its place at the table with RCR, Golden Axe, Final Fight, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.