Gaming review: Double Dragon: Neon

If you ever spent any time in arcades during the 80s you’ll have fond memories of two-player beat ’em up Double Dragon.

PS3/Xbox 360, Majesco/WayForward, £6.85/800MSP

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The machine gobbled up a big chunk of many a teenager’s pocket money as they battled their way through waves of thugs to rescue their girlfriend Marian. Now Double Dragon: Neon resurrects the franchise with a knowing wink and a dash of 80s flair. It’s pretty simplistic: walk from left to right punching and kicking anyone in your way – but there’s a new levelling up system and a few extra moves to keep things interesting. The soundtrack and sense of humour are also spot on. The collision detection is a little off and it’s a bit of a slog on your own (especially as you need to restart from the beginning of the level if you die) so make sure you grab a buddy for some retro mayhem.

Now Double Dragon: Neon resurrects the franchise with a knowing wink and a dash of 80s flair. It’s pretty simplistic: walk from left to right punching and kicking anyone in your way – but there’s a new levelling up system and a few extra moves to keep things interesting. The soundtrack and sense of humour are also spot on. The collision detection is a little off and it’s a bit of a slog on your own (especially as you need to restart from the beginning of the level if you die) so make sure you grab a buddy for some retro mayhem.