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  • Summary: Kick butt, take names, and pound punks in this all-new installment of the classic co-op beat-'em-up series!

    River City Girls stars Kyoko and Misako, two street-tough high-schoolers who must fight their way through the six regions of River City to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends, series
    Kick butt, take names, and pound punks in this all-new installment of the classic co-op beat-'em-up series!

    River City Girls stars Kyoko and Misako, two street-tough high-schoolers who must fight their way through the six regions of River City to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends, series mainstays Kunio and Riki. Along the way, they'll utilize an arsenal of combos, counters, throws, and special attacks; battle an assortment of enemies; accept numerous side quests; level up with experience points; interact with NPCs (including guest stars from past River City games); and shop for a variety of items, food, and gear to boost stats and unlock new abilities. The girls can even wield weapons and recruit defeated foes to join them in combat!

    The one- or local two-player bare-knuckle brawling is complemented by spectacular 16-bit-style graphics and an epic synth-pop soundtrack (featuring NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel, Christina Vee, and Megan McDuffee!), while the story roars to life via glorious anime cutscenes and manga-style intermissions.

    Key Features:
    -Furious beat-'em-up action for one or two players!
    -Stunning pixel-art graphics plus anime and manga cutscenes!
    -Fantastic soundtrack featuring NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel, Christina Vee, and Megan McDuffee!
    -Six large city regions to fight through, complete with shops and side quests!
    -Loads of weapons, items, and abilities to power-up your heroines!
    -Guest appearances by classic River City characters!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 12, 2019
    90
    River City Girls is one of the most beautiful beat'em up in recent years, and one of the best experiences of the genre, achieves an evolution within the Kunio-kun series, although it can be repetitive, it is an experience that any fan of the genre can not miss.
  2. Sep 4, 2019
    90
    Not since Scott Pilgrim vs The World was released nine years ago have we played such an entertaining, satisfying beat ‘em up. Whether you’re playing alone or teaming up with a friend in co-op mode, River City Girls is a visually superb, aurally fantastic, out-and-out love letter to the genre. Fans of River City Ransom and other Kunio-kun games will adore how it respects the past but makes it relevant today, while those new to the series will simply find a hugely enjoyable and infectiously cheerful scrapper.
  3. Sep 11, 2019
    80
    River City Girls is a vibrant, colorful, and surprisingly fresh take on the classic beat ’em up series. While small annoyances may hinder its pacing, the overall package from WayForward still packs a few good kicks and punches.
  4. 80
    River City Girls is a great brawler, and though I wouldn’t say it rises above its genre, it’s still an excellent example of one. Either solo or with a friend, you’ll have a good time.
  5. Sep 15, 2019
    80
    This frantic high school beat’em up is a breath of fresh air for the River City franchise. Thus, despite having small flaws, it becomes a really replayable game with a great artistic section.
  6. Oct 8, 2019
    80
    As a combination between the River City and Downtown areas, River City Girls’ town warmly welcomes all fans of the long-running River City Ransom series. For new players, the cute, poppy characters and the over-the-top battles should feel entertaining enough. However, the story is not tightly plotted, and generally not interesting enough for someone not familiar with the genre.
  7. Sep 6, 2019
    70
    I love pounding bad guys with an array of cool attacks and inventive weapons, even if I feel robbed by cheap tricks. River City Girls’ chaotic battles are entertaining, but they’re surrounded by an array of decisions that add more inconvenience than challenge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Sep 6, 2019
    10
    Wayforward has done an amazing job making another great game! Beautiful animations, fun gameplay, and tons of replayability! A worthy sequelWayforward has done an amazing job making another great game! Beautiful animations, fun gameplay, and tons of replayability! A worthy sequel to River City Ransom. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2019
    10
    River city girls is among the best side scrolling fighting games. Great game I am loving it.
  3. Rgf
    Sep 28, 2019
    10
    Definitely one of my favorite games for the Switch. The gameplay is really fun and the art style and soundtrack are amazing (it's available onDefinitely one of my favorite games for the Switch. The gameplay is really fun and the art style and soundtrack are amazing (it's available on Spotify if you want to listen to it). I have also pre-ordered the physical copy that Limited Run is making available for both the Switch and the PS4. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2019
    7
    Fun - story and graphics are funny and enjoyable but combat feels off and that's the point of a game like this.
  5. Sep 7, 2019
    6
    While the art style and music is good, its a pain in the ass to play on the Switch version. Talking about some janky input. We might as wellWhile the art style and music is good, its a pain in the ass to play on the Switch version. Talking about some janky input. We might as well be going back before double dragon with how unresponsive it is.

    Want to dodge, good luck. Want to run, good luck. Want to block an attack, you get the picture. I just wasted my money.
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  6. Sep 29, 2019
    3
    It's insane how much people let this game get away with. I tried playing this game but there's so many bad design elements that ruin the wholeIt's insane how much people let this game get away with. I tried playing this game but there's so many bad design elements that ruin the whole experience.

    1. Difficulty- this game is way too easy, enemies are extremely passive, taking forever to even initiate attack, essentially just standing there waiting for you to hit them. And if you do hit them, you're left with two options, doing long combos that are only there to make the game flashier, or waiting a million years for enemies to stand back up. Enemies wouldn't be that much of an issue if they either made more them more aggressive, or lowered their health bars so fighting would feel less like a chore, but the latter would never happen since this whole game revolves around the flashiness of their animations. Bosses are the only "difficult" part and it's only because of how unbalanced they made them, the difficulty in fighting them comes from invincibility frames and the fact that they just do more damage. A lot of these issues are exaggerated when you find out a basic combo pattern that essentially serves as an infinite/lock which I discovered way too early.

    2. Design oversights- Why is the regular attack button also the button that does every single action in this game? Enemy spawns near door and you prepare to attack, whoops you entered the next room and have to go in again. Doing a simple combo near a bat, whoops you picked up the item which is detrimental to comboing. Small stuff like this hamper the whole experience and make things more annoying to deal with. Why do shops not tell you what stats are affected when you use an item for the first time? The original Kunio game on the NES 30 years ago knew to tell you that stuff, it's kinda ridiculous.

    3. Story stuff- This story is awful, not even in a "haha it's so bad way" it's just awful to listen to. WayForward from what I know about them, gets a lot of praise typically for how great their dialogue is and I never really got that from their other games, and it's way worse here than it's ever been. There's so many "haha look at how self aware we are" types of jokes that aren't even handled well, either from how the joke is written or how it's delivered by the voice actors. The story is insulting at times with it's humor falling back on weeb humor, stuff that feels like crap that we made fun of back in 2007 like "i watch naruto, haha I'm such a weeb XD" types of jokes, and a lot of the humor is very based on weeaboo type crap, Kyoko makes a jojo reference by going ORAORAORA during one of her attacks but since they have to make weeb jokes she also does a "WHAT'S A MANGA?!?!?!?!?!?!" joke when some kid talks about comics. It's annoying crap like that which plague every aspect of the humor of this game, there are flash animations on newgrounds from 2005 that do a better job making jokes about this type of stuff.

    Presentation- Good sprite animations, but that's really about it. Music isn't bad, but I will say it doesn't fit this type of game at all, it's full of low energy vocal themes and basic beats that aren't bad on their own but when coupled with a beat'em up, it just feels kinda off. UI is fine, but it's kinda stupid since you have high resolution digital art being placed on top of pixel art, kinda jarring. Both elements work on their own but don't when put together, but the UI thing is typical of wayforward games so it's not that big a deal. Voice acting is pretty bad, you have some talented VAs like Cristina Vee, Greg Chun, Patrick Seitz and such, but the delivery of all their lines are just not good. This next part is kind of a personal thing, but I was kinda put off by the fact that so many voice actors in this game are youtubers, people like JackSepticEye, the Game Grumps, Cry, various youtubers voice characters in this game and what kinda bothers me about that is the fact that it comes across as hiring just because they're famous rather than hiring out of merit, I'm sure there are smaller VAs that have had trouble making a name for themselves that would've done a better job here but got pushed to the side because their youtube subscriber count wasn't high enough and that's extremely upsetting to think about.

    Final Thoughts- This game has a lot of issues. I mentioned a very basic overview of my issues with the game. The difficulty is non-existent, the design oversights hinder the whole experience, the writing makes the game annoying to sit through, and the presentation while not bad is just kinda off at times. I gave this game a low score because all these things combined with each other make the game unacceptable, but sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who thinks this seeing that reviews are giving this game 9/10s calling it the best beat'em up ever(though I bet most of them only think this because it's easy or because they like the flashiness), I can't convince anyone to not get the game but I hope whoever reads this thinks before they buy before they're left disappointed
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  7. Oct 2, 2019
    0
    ウェイフォルワードわウェイフォルワードだ
    As expected, behind the beautiful visuals there's a very poorly made game

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