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River City Melee Mach!!

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Available on:PCOct 10, 2019
Nintendo SwitchOct 10, 2019
PlayStation 4Oct 10, 2019
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Arc System Works

Genre: Action

The Renegade/River City (Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun) series has had its share of success in the late 80's, and now, the "Fight it out!" part of its numerous spin-off sports series is back and powered-up! Four players can play at the same time, and the controls are so simple you can actually have your friends and family just hop in and play! Online play is supported as well! Come and feel the tension while fighting it out with other players from around the world! Do not stick to plain punches and kicks! Armed attacks and throwing techniques are here to spice up an already insane brawl! 30 teams, 180 characters and more than 250 different special moves! The stages are rigged with various traps, and you get to trigger them! Beat all your opponents, and be the last one standing! Discover every team's story in SINGLE PLAY mode, or setup a quick game in FREE PLAY mode. If you get knocked out, a teammate will come and replace you so your team can continue the fight, but only in CHANGE MATCH mode! Moreover, there is an ENDLESS BATTLE mode, where you can take on the challenge to defeat the most opponents before your health runs out! You can also build up your own team! Could it finally be possible to create the dream team no one ever thought of? You can also set the items you want to use during the battle, have some bombs scattered across the stage or no sharp weapons allowed!

River City Melee Mach!! Critic Reviews

If parachuting onto an island with 99 other people (or, alternatively, staring at a black hole for hours) is your exclusive definition of Battle Royal(e), we can be fairly certain that you weren't around at a time when Kunio’s 8-bit, 4-player multitap-enabled Famicom rumbles coined the expression.

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Kunio and his crew of troublemakers unleash adolescent violence in this new multi-player brawler. Featuring numerous combatants, weapons, and special moves, River City Melee Mach!! may scratch the battle royale itch for people who don't fancy Fortnite or PUBG.

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At times, River City Melee Mach!! struggles under the weight of its own ambition. Attempting to balance a competitive brawler that features over 180 playable characters is a herculean task.

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Here, you have a great four-player battle mode with plenty of options, and a fun endless mode, but that’s basically it in terms of meaningful content, and for $14 I honestly can only recommend this game for a very specific niche. The basic controls may be simple enough that anyone can join in and mess around, but when there’s also not much to the game as a result, then it doesn’t really bode well for being a lengthy investment of your time.

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