The girls are back with some new friends, new moves, and new challenges for beat-em-up fans
When it arrived on the Switch, River City Girls made quite a splash delivering solid play mixed with both a great pixel art style and loads of attitude. Unsurprisingly, this sequel for the most part is delivering more of the same, just bigger, deeper, and with a lot more fun to unlock if you’re ready to put in the time and effort. In general I do like the flow of fights, and each character brings a bit of their own flavor, strengths, and weaknesses to the table, both adding to replayability and making multiplayer games where you mix and match your crew a lot more fun. Though you start out with a relatively humble number of moves in your arsenal you’ll quickly begin unlocking and then buying new ones that will help make you more formidable and assist you in establishing your own personal flair. What is a bit of a risk is the deviation from the norm by making the map quite large and something you’ll explore rather than move through automatically, and then the pretty crazy number of shops that will allow you to spend money to help up your game. These aspects, unfortunately, do sometimes work against the subgenre’s typical flow of pretty constant action, but they also help to set the game apart from its competition a bit. Throw in boss battles that vary wildly and can present some serious multi-phase challenges to overcome and this is a sequel that makes some nice tweaks to the formula of the original, though I wouldn’t say it quite gets to the level of its more esteemed competition on the platform.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.7]