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Double Dragon IV

The fourth installment in the legendary beat ‘em up series, developed by Arc System Works. The development was supported by the persons responsible for the cult-classic previous installments of the series, including Takaomi Kaneko, Yoshihisa Kishimoto, Koji Ogata, and Kazunaka Yamane. Similarly to the previous installments of the Double Dragon series, the gameplay focuses on traversing 2D locations and eliminating hordes of approaching opponents. Our means of survival include punches and kicks, as well as numerous melee weapons, with each level ending in a boss fight that requires much more effort from the player. Double Dragon IV received a story mode that can be completed alone, or with the help of another player. Completing the campaign unlocks the Tower Mode, involving the climb on the progressively higher levels of the titular tower, and a 2P Duel Mode, focusing on online 1v1 battes. The game is characterized by simple, pixel-art visuals, which take the player back to the previous installments of the series, known for popularizing the beat ‘em up genre.

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PC / Windows
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Double Dragon IV

Double Dragon IV | PC

Double Dragon IV release date for PC:

game language:
English

30 January 2017 | Worldwide

30 January 2017 | Europe

30 January 2017 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: common screen, players: 1-2

Sony PlayStation 4
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Double Dragon IV

Double Dragon IV | PS4

Double Dragon IV release date for PS4:

game language:
English

30 January 2017 | Worldwide

30 January 2017 | Europe PAL

30 January 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / common screen, players: 1-2

Nintendo Switch
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Double Dragon IV

Double Dragon IV | Switch

Double Dragon IV release date for Switch:

game language:
English

07 September 2017 | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet / common screen, players: 1-2

Apple iOS
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Double Dragon IV

Double Dragon IV | iOS

Double Dragon IV release date for iOS:

game language:
English

28 December 2017 | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network, players: 1-2 , size:

Android OS
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Double Dragon IV

Double Dragon IV | Android

Double Dragon IV release date for Android:

game language:
English

28 December 2017 | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network, players: 1-2 , size:

Double Dragon IV is a new installment of the cult-classic series of beat ‘em ups – the release commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the series. The game was released for multiple platforms, including Switch, and was developed by Arc System Works. Interestingly enough, the development process was spearheaded by people responsible for previous, cult-classic installments of the series, including Takaomi Kaneko (producer), Yoshihisa Kishimoto (director), Koji Ogata (character designer), or Kazunaka Yamane (composer).

Mechanics

Double Dragon IV is seen from a side perspective. The game focuses on traversing through next stages and the elimination of approaching hordes of enemies. We are left with numerous heroes to choose from – we begin with series’ trademark heroes (Billy and Jimmy), and proceed to unlock further characters seen throughout the series. Double Dragon IV is a fighting game – the players make use of punches and kicks, as well as an extensive arsenal of melee weapons, such as knives, sticks, and stones. Similarly to its predecessors, each stage ends with a boss fight that requires some degree of ability and reflex.

Game Modes

The game contains an extensive Story Mode, action of which takes place after the events of Double Dragon II: The Revenge. Billy and Jimmy reprise their roles as the protagonists – the second hero can be taken over by another player. Completing the campaign unlocks additional functionalities, including Tower Mode, in which the players eliminate continuous waves of enemies while climbing to the top of the titular tower. This mode enables us to unlock additional heroes which then can be used in the story mode, or in 2P Duel Mode, an online mode allowing players to face one on one. Additionally, PlayStation 4 users receive access to Share Play, enabling players without the game to participate in other players’ playthroughs. However, such sessions are limited to only one hour.

Technical Aspects

Double Dragon IV for Switch is characteristic for its two-dimensional graphics and simple, pixel art visuals, a style reminiscent of its predecessors, known as being one of the reasons for the growth of beat ‘em up genre.

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Age Rating

age requirements: 12+