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River City Girls

WayForward Technologies
Sep 5, 2019 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Game Informer
7 / 10
3.5 / 5
8 / 10
6 / 10
Hobby Consolas
82 / 100
Nintendo Life
9 / 10
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Critic Reviews for River City Girls

Metro GameCentral

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8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A fantastic scrolling beat 'em-ups that shows exactly how the genre can be evolved and modernised, while also indulging in some gloriously retro presentation and throwbacks.

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The basic fun of fighting is counterbalanced by some punishing design that makes it hard to get fully invested in the action

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iew by Caty McCarthy, Features Editor

River City Girls is as bubbly as the pop song that soundtracks its intro cinematic would lead you to believe. With all-around excellent art direction, you'll be hard-pressed to find a game this year with more style and confidence than River City Girls. While the first few hours are a slog as you level up and learn the ropes, once your moveset grows bigger, any encounter is a blast full of combos, and yes, dabbing. Just be sure to bring a friend along for the ride, as it's much harder to brave alone.

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Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

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I wanted to love River City Girls. A modern side scrolling beat 'em up, from a proven developer like WayForward, with bright, bold visuals, and two kick-ass heroines should have been great. Instead, thanks to way too much repetitive grinding, River City Girls is a bit boring. Something I never thought I'd say about a game that has high school children hitting zombie cheerleaders with wrenches.

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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).

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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.

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River City Girls is a throwback beat 'em up with RPG elements, eye-catching visuals, and a thumping soundtrack.

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