First Impressions - Raging Justice

Available on the Nintendo Switch, XBox One, PS4, and Steam

It's not every day you get to relive childhood memories that may actually work out favorably. Raging Justice is a love letter to the side-scrolling beat'em up games of the 80's and 90's.  More specifically, Final Fight and Streets of Rage, games that hold a soft spot in many a gamers heart. From a visual standpoint, the game looks like a cross between Streets of Rage and Killer Instinct. The character models look like they came straight out of Killer Instinct Gold on N64. That's not a bad thing in my opinion as I felt the art style worked in the game. There is variety with the enemies that are in game. I mean of my favorite bosses in the game is a pimp complete with purple suit and a cane. There are three characters to choose from: Rick Justice, Nikki Rage, and Ashley King. I know, I know, sounds like a straight to video 90's action movie and they kind of fight like it at times.

The gameplay is as straightforward as straightforward gets. Pick a character and use their unique fighting style and skills to save the city. The game is co-op so you can bring another person in to enjoy the bare-knuckle festivities with you. The thing about this game is there are challenges within each stage and they vary from stage to stage. While the action can be fluid there are some issues with the gameplay that I noticed. The main issue is that this game is in dire need of a block button. You have the ability to evade oncoming attacks but when you are surrounded or the boss has an area of effect attack evasion is pretty much pointless. I do like the fact that you are able to pick up weapons in the stages but the problem that I have noticed initially is that sometimes they hit, sometimes they don't it can be a little frustrating at times. The learning curve for the game is not bad to me, as I said earlier it is very straightforward. The game can be challenging especially if you are trying to complete the challenges within each stage. Trying to make sure you arrest certain criminals can be a little hectic at times but worth it if you can pull it off.

Final Thoughts
I think this game really works the nostalgia factor, to me that isn't a bad thing. I found myself liking the character models and the different types of enemies available to catch these hands, as it were. Also, nothing beats taking out criminals like running them done via tractor. That part was extra hilarious to me. The game does have a few issues but I think if you like games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage you can enjoy this title as well. Check out some gameplay from my YouTube channel below and let me know what you think in the comments below.


Images via Nintendo Switch share

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