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Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) artwork

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) review


"So what was their first console game you have ever played? I am probably one of the few people in the world who can say that the very first console game they owned was Double Dragon II for the NES. It came with the system that Easter morning, and it was the first game I popped in, even before that Super Mario Bros game (I think). And I loved it for so many years. The game was just fun, with the kicking, punching, and of course the cheap twirl kick. This game was entertaining, but very challengin..."



So what was their first console game you have ever played? I am probably one of the few people in the world who can say that the very first console game they owned was Double Dragon II for the NES. It came with the system that Easter morning, and it was the first game I popped in, even before that Super Mario Bros game (I think). And I loved it for so many years. The game was just fun, with the kicking, punching, and of course the cheap twirl kick. This game was entertaining, but very challenging, and I still haven't beaten it 11 years later. What a gaming experience, however, and here is why...

STORY (4/5): It is time to get revenge. Off the top of my head I can not think of the characters in this game, but they were two fighters in the art of karate, and one of their girlfriends was killed, and it was time to get revenge, and they go out into this vast world after them (I am not sure if I am right completely, sorry for any innacurracies)

GRAPHICS (11/15): Well, this is a classic NES game and I was young with my first experiences. Graphics meant completely nothing then, but looking back from modern times the graphics in Double Dragon were fairly average. While not mouthwatering, they really fit the game well and gave it more depth. The worlds all look difference, and the fading obstacles and such had a little special glimmer to them. This was done very well in Double Dragon 2.

SOUND (9/10): Very good for a classic NES game, and it definitely did to shame most of the other soundtracks on all the other NES games. The music really fits the game. The only thing annoying is the final death music, but if you just completely died you really shouldn't be rewarded, right...

GAMEPLAY (51/55): This game is one great experience, that you will never forget. First of all, as in all these karate type games controls are key. In Double Dragon this is true once again, as the controls are very smooth, although the twirl kick you get more by luck then skill. The controls are a little tricky at first, but once you figure it out, you should find cheap way to take care of some enemies.

Speaking of enemies, that is another important thing in this game, and there are some classics in Double Dragon II. While the regular enemies consist of about five or so types, the bosses are wicked cool. The speedy lionmen, or the just powerful horn king, they all give a great flavor to this game. Using certain strategies will make this game simpler, and brains are needed. The levels itself are of a great variety, and things are different each new level, and you'll love each level as you move up to it. The level structure is perfect in Double Dragon II, one of the best ever made.

REPLAYABILITY (9/10): I put alot of time into this game, fully experience what it had to hold. Jumping from platform to platform, fighting entertaining bosses, and just trying to kick some royal ass. This game is wicked fun, and even better with two players. Definitely a game you can play many times over and over.

DIFFICULTY (3/5): This game is wicked hard. At first, you begin with some some easy levels to get you going, which isn't that bad, but from there the game just gets very difficult. There are alot of dire jumps near the end, and near on impossible jumping schemes. It just gets too hard at level 7, and becomes near on impossible.

OVERALL (87/100): One of my highest rated NES games, and it is well deserving. A great level structure is what makes this game so great, and a good balance of all the other important categories. As a child I really loved this game, and as a veteran I still love this game. I have not played any other Double Dragon games, but I have a feeling this is the top of this series, and definitely worth the pick up, for it is a classic to me.

Rating: 8.7/10

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Community review by ratking (December 20, 2002)

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