Bro Night: Double Dragon Neon Review
Bro Nights have been a long standing tradition among friends. It’s a night you look forward to all week, the night you get to just sit back and have fun. It’s the bond between you and your bros that makes it so special, and Bro Nights only highlight and strengthen that bond. There are many games you can play during Bro Night, but there is one game that stands out: Double Dragon Neon.
Double Dragon Neon is a simple yet fun game that allows for two players, whether sitting side by side or online. It’s your classic beat ’em up game, where all you have to do is beat up as many enemies as you can. Playing the game is a fantastic stress reliever, especially when you’re playing with one of your bros.
The game is a reboot of the original Double Dragon game, and continues the classic 80’s theme. It’s also a side-scroller game like the original, and while it’s only 2D, the updated graphics make it look 3D. There are 3 levels of difficulty: normal, dragon, and double dragon, but you have to unlock dragon and double dragon by completing the previous level of difficulty.
The controls are easy and don’t change among the difficulties. The first three levels teach you all the buttons you need to know – how to duck, jump, pick up items, run and, of course, punch and kick. There are other buttons for things like magic abilities, but the basics are relatively easy. Honestly, however, it’s a button smashing game. Just press the buttons, and you’ll be fine.
There are moments that it does become more than pressing buttons though. Different enemies are different levels of difficulty. You have your simple enemies, where all you have to do is punch and kick. But you also have other ones that throw weapons, and you have to dodge the weapons and get to them at the same time. And then you have enemies with rocket backpacks. Timing is everything with these guys. You can’t just dive right in and hit them. You have to time it right to jump and knock them down.
Granted, the enemies are basically the same. Each type of enemy is the same exact person, just with different colored hair or clothes, or a different weapon. You’ll bump into them time and time again, but they’ll be just slightly different enough to make them unique.
One of the best parts about this game is the music. It’s remixed from the original Double Dragon soundtrack, and flows perfectly with the gameplay. The techno 80’s beat makes you feel energized and ready to go, and hypes you up for the enemies to come. The variety is great, so it isn’t just one singer or one song.
But I don’t know how much of the music you will be hearing over the sounds of you and your bro laughing and yelling. Although this game is only two to three hours long, it is truly the perfect bro night game, and really gives you something to look forward to. Double Dragon Neon is certainly a must play for you and a friend. This was a Bro Night: Double Dragon Neon Review
Learning Curve: Medium
Systems: Windows, PS3, and Xbox 360