River City Girls Image
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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!
    Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 5, 2019
    100
    Fantastic gameplay and consistently engaging game design aside, River City Girls is simply brimming with a type of charisma and sense of humour only very few video games have been able to achieve.
  2. Sep 3, 2019
    82
    Arc System Works and Wayforward found the perfect balance between nostalgic elements and new mechanics. River City Girls pays perfect homage to the brawler genre, incredibly fun to play (especially in couch co-op multiplayer).
  3. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    The biggest compliment I can give is that since the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World game was delisted there has been cries for it to be put back on digital storefronts, and while that has not happened, this is an amazing replacement. It’s not necessarily what I want from a River City game, but it is definitely the direction I want to see beat ‘em ups go in. I would recommend this to anyone who has a friend to play with, but if not I would say boot up the 3DS and give the other River City games a shot (there’s three relatively new games on there). I hope WayForward gets to follow this game up so they can tweak their gameplay a bit and explore their take on the world of River City a bit more.
  4. Oct 15, 2019
    80
    I’ve been wanting River City Ransom to have some kind of re-release or remake for a very long time. While this isn’t it, it’s as close as we’re going to get. Everything I would want in a new River game has been delivered, and there are even some improvements. The only thing I didn’t care for was the way recruits were handled and not getting experience for beating enemies that appear after the initial fight.
  5. Sep 5, 2019
    70
    River City Girls‘ semi-open world does it no favours, and neither does the abundance of pointless items you can buy or its recruitment system. Even its RPG elements are unnecessary. If it was a simple side-scrolling beat ’em up with stages, I think I’d enjoy it a hell of a lot more. Regardless, there is a lot here to like despite some frustrations, so if you fancy walking some streets while pummelling goons, it’s certainly worth a look. Especially if you have someone at hand to play it with you.
  6. Sep 19, 2019
    70
    Before long, you will notice that the sweat you once poured trying to get through brawlers like Streets of Rage and Final Fight is absent here. Instead of hailing your co-op partner to keep the fight going, you’re more likely to ask for a break sometime soon. There’s only so much of the repetitive action, no matter how sugarcoated it is, you can endure in a one playing session. Still, Misako and Kyoko are lovely girls, if sometimes outright half-wits. Games featuring dual female protagonists are few and far between so River City Girls must be appreciated for that alone.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Sep 6, 2019
    10
    Excelente juego beat-emp up que tiene como personajes a dos chicas lindas y te da la sensación de estar jugando un sucesor espiritual de losExcelente juego beat-emp up que tiene como personajes a dos chicas lindas y te da la sensación de estar jugando un sucesor espiritual de los River-City Ransom con los hermanos Kunio. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    I usually don't put all that info above about every single person almost responsible. but we don't always get games like "River City Girls"I usually don't put all that info above about every single person almost responsible. but we don't always get games like "River City Girls" either. Every one on this project deserves their names in lights, and here at Gamer Guys and Gals they are going to get those lights. You already know how this review is going to end by the first few sentences and that is okay. Nearly everything about "River City Girls" is perfection. I never give perfect scores, but there is no way I couldn't do so for this title. Wayforward delivers again. The whole team does really. I went into this game really a little worried. I grew up on River City Ransom playing it nonstop with my buddies Jared and Wes. We loved everything about it. Getting your guy so powerful, and just running through enemies destroying them all with your really fun move sets and weapon choices. So when i saw this was coming I worried a lot it would let me down. I was wrong and should have known better when I saw WayForward attached to it. Before I even start to really get into it. I'm just going to say it right out this will be in my game of the year considerations, and it's going to take something truly amazing to come out to take that crown from it along with game soundtrack of the year as well. The composers on this game just killed it. They change up a lot of the old music from the original to make it fresh, and add some really killer new music as well. I found myself playing levels over just to hear certain songs. I found the soundtrack on Youtube now so that's good. Hopefully I can grab one of those physical releases, before they sell out with a soundtrack. Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2020
    10
    One of the best best em ups I have played, even though Scott pilgrim... but still waiting for Scott pilgrim limited run games edition :,v
  4. Dec 2, 2020
    9
    Amazing Beat 'em up style, very funny story and character design. its a very good game to play coop and single player, the music its very,Amazing Beat 'em up style, very funny story and character design. its a very good game to play coop and single player, the music its very, very good.

    i love it!
    Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2021
    8
    River city girls es una gran juego dentro del genero, su gameplay, su música, y su ambiente en general me atraparon por completo, si bien noRiver city girls es una gran juego dentro del genero, su gameplay, su música, y su ambiente en general me atraparon por completo, si bien no todo es bastante bueno ya que tiene algunos puntos algo débiles o deficientes, así como su falta de multijugador online (solo tiene local). Pero en gran medida River city girls es una gran beat em up que merece ser probado, sin duda alguna bastante entretenido. Expand
  6. Jan 25, 2021
    6
    I really, really wanted to like this game. There’s so much going for it; the voice acting is superb, the cutscenes and pixel graphics are funI really, really wanted to like this game. There’s so much going for it; the voice acting is superb, the cutscenes and pixel graphics are fun and really well done. The character designs are funny and unique, and it’s pretty cool that the team at Arc System Works tried to integrate RPG and map exploration into a standard 2D beat em up game although the back tracking is a bit tedious and the map navigation can be pretty confusing at times. But that’s where the positives end.

    Ultimately, this game just doesn’t work. Enemies have too much health and can easily break through your combos. You will get punished brutally in many cases for it as you can get hit simultaneously by enemies if they are bunched up and they can kind of juggle you between them and there isn’t anything you can do about it until they’re done. The result is a stale and boring experience in which you have to opt for just knocking the enemies to the ground over and over until they’re dead because you can’t risk getting hit once and stun locked into oblivion.

    The other problem is also by far the most annoying. For some reason, one button does seemingly EVERYTHING in the game. I have absolutely no idea why they chose to do this but one button talks to NPC’s, punches, opens doors, picks up weapons, picks up people, uses weapons, and navigates areas. It gets in the way constantly. There were countless times this got me killed.

    Overall, this is a decent game and you can have fun. I did enjoy my time playing it briefly but the fact is there are much much better beat em ups out there that have way smoother systems and are just more fun. There’s tons and tons of potential here but in the end, the game is just marred by a poor combat system and terrible controls.
    Expand
  7. May 18, 2020
    0
    So much of me wants to like this game, but it has mechanics that are so unfair, heavy stun lock for one, but I could live with that. You needSo much of me wants to like this game, but it has mechanics that are so unfair, heavy stun lock for one, but I could live with that. You need money in the game to get better items to be stronger, but when you die you lose most your money, and the enemies still get stronger, making a hard game harder and harder as you progress, I don't understand why you couldn't lose less money if none at all. Guiding the player, I don't understand, I have to pull out a walkthrough every 5 minutes as the map tends to not display where to go most times (even funny when the walkthrough also gets confused where to go!) Dialogue for the next task is sometimes spoken while in battle,confusing the whole ordeal further.

    Now, the straw that broke the camels back, habari is a boss you fight about halfway into the game, stun lock, and what you would call a bullet sponge, not challenging, frustrating! Like the most unfun part of any game I've played, so unfair and boring I can't see myself playing it again, love the fighting in the game, but the bad aspects over shadow the game so much it just becomes frustrating to play, even in coop
    Expand

See all 10 User Reviews