Numskull Games has given us a sneak peek ahead of time at all of the gameplay systems coming to retro throwback Final Vendetta. From these five minutes of footage alone, it's plain to see that this is a love letter to Streets of Rage, Double Dragon, and Final Fight. You'll be punching and kicking your way through the streets of London to rescue your sister from a crime gang.
The preview is an overview of how to play the game, and what moves you'll be able to tackle foes with Final Vendetta. Numskull Games showcases the game's unique block button, the ability to attack someone behind you, and — to make enemies feel really humiliated — kick them when they're face-first on the floor. Dying mid-brawl will drop you back into battle quickly and will also clear the screen — the thud of your impact really is that powerful!
The characters also get their time to shine too. Duke Sancho, the bare-fisted knuckle fighter is nimble and agile, with fast jabs and a powerful bicycle kick, and he fights with style and flash. Essex-born Claire Sparks is a martial arts specialist, with palm thrusts, airborne kicks, and two different throw variations. The two Brits are joined by Canadian ex pro-wrestler Miller T. Williams, who can break spines, dropkicks, and suplex enemies down.
Arcade Mode features six different locations across London, with secrets like hidden lives and dangerous weapons to be uncovered. There's also a Boss Rush Mode where you can take on each of the unique and eclectic bosses one after the other, or a Survival Mode where you keep on fighting hordes of enemies until you run out of steam. Of course, with these kinds of games, you should always grab a friend and play through the whole thing together — or show them who the true ruler of the streets of London is.
Check out the full preview at the top for a more in-depth rundown of the characters and gaeplay modes. But don't forget, we got a chance to try out the game ahead of time, and we think the game "promises to give you your fix" of side-scrolling beat 'em up flair:
Final Vendetta launches on Switch in just a few weeks, on 17th June! Have you got your pre-order in? And what do you think of both our preview and the publisher's? Let us know in the comments!
Rage through the streets of London, rage through the streets of Birmingham 🎶
Yeah, this looks excellent. The characters fight like Hagar, Axel and Blaze. So much brawling to look forward to this year, if only they’d just release.
Combat and combos looks solid. I hate the art. It feels more like early SNK than Capcom.
Probably will pick this up depending on reviews.
I really like the look of this. Reminds me of the beat em up section of 198X.
Looks fantastic, already preordered 😀
Nice, already got the physical version pre-order as well.
Looks like it’s mostly inspired by the mechanics Streets of Rage which is a really good thing, art should look a lot better if it has a decent CRT filter.
Lookin real good. Should suffice til we get some turtle action.
Read the preview of this in Retro Gamer and was initially looking forward to it but now seeing it in action it all looks a little bit lacklustre, the animations being particularly poor.
I don't know what it is about the art style that just seems off. Is it their weird faces, the way people walk, too many people without necks? I'm not sure what it is but I'm not sold.
They've even gone retro by including blood types in character bios. I remember being confused as a kid that video games would often display that.
@Moistnado the issue is that it’s less technically proficient than the style it’s borrowing from, so it lacks polish
@Thomystic The reason why they did that is because those were Japanese games and in Japan, blood types are considered a personality indicator (kind of like astrology)
@KirbysAdventure Thanks for that.
For years, I wondered why I would see such on 'Street Fighter 2'.
Looks good but at the same price as Street of Rage 4, I'll be waiting until the reviews are in.
Looks great, love the pixel look - I love SOR4 but I still wish they'd gone with this kind of art style. Just a personal preference though.
Regardless, I'm glad more games in this genre are getting released nowadays, and this one especially looks like its made with love by people who respect the source materials they are clearly drawing from. Having met and hung around with them IRL a few times at events and after-parties pre-covid, Numskull are good people. Happy to support them.
@NintendoJunkie The reviews are going to be excellent. Go buy one.
@Moistnado @WaveBoy Totally agree. Looks stiff and uninspiring. It makes me want to redraw the characters....Maybe the gameplay will be good???
@yandman why do I get the feeling you worked on the game?
@NintendoJunkie Nah, but it will be incredible I guarantee.
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