Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Do the Honourable Thing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Do the Honourable Thing

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SAMURAI RIOT PC LIKE the samurai, fighting games have a proud tradition. From the mean side-scrolling Streets of Rage and Double Dragon, to the even harder Final Fight and Battletoads, each has paved the way for the new generation of beat 'em ups.

It's easy to forget what's gone before, so it was lovely to get a little wave of nostalgia playing Samurai Riot.

From indie studio Wako Factory, Samurai is the developers' bid to revive the stagnating genre - and they've added their own little twist...

You have the choice of playing as two different warriors, Sukane or Tsurumaru. Each has their own special 'skill', Tsurumaru can throw grenades - which, to be fair comes in handy in a sword fight - while Sukane is accompanied by her fox, Azu, which can turn into weapons.

After you've selected your player, you get to choose a fighting school - this affects the character's outfit and fighting style.

Initially there are just four to pick from but you have the option to unlock more as you progress through the game.

Graphically, this game is very pretty. The art is a great homage to the beat 'em ups that have gone before, while being quirky enough to work.

The backgrounds especially have been lovingly created, with some beautiful work.

As you would expect, the gameplay is fairly straight forward to pick up, but can be deliciously difficult - especially if you get cocky like I did and try to jump in at the deep end on with your first play-though on hard.

As there are zero tutorials here, it's essential to try and work out what the special combos are.

The first few waves of enemies make great target practice, but pretty soon the harder villains start to pop up, and they will make short work of you if you're still relying on kicks and punches.

It's easy to get lost in the fun of slicing and dicing the enemy, so easy that you can forget about Wako Factory's little twist. …

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