While it’s always nice to see budget-priced offerings for under-represented genres, Last Beat Enhanced simply falls flat in most areas
Though the beat-em-up genre has become more established with some pretty top-shelf content over the past 2 years there’s still an undeniable gap between its overall numbers and those of numerous other genres. With that in mind, newcomers are always welcome to the fold, especially ones with a fairly low price, but that isn’t to say there’s no room for being critical. Last Beat Enhanced has a general look and feel akin to the early arcade and console days, with relatively chunky pixels and little overall differentiation in its fighters in terms of how it ultimately plays. To some degree you could forgive the simplicity since the cost of admission is quite low, but given the fact that there are other titles out there in the same price range and that show more ambition in their design and execution, the lacking areas get tougher to ignore. It thankfully doesn’t suffer from particularly bad implementation, but there’s no question that it set its ambitions quite low, making the target far easier to hit but making for a pretty dull gameplay experience.
Justin Nation, Score: