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Double Dragon IV |OT| The masters of the art of Ssetsuken return!

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is returning to PS4 and Steam on January 30th, 2017 to celebrate the series' 30th anniversary.



New English Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJM21W2ACPU

Double Dragon IV is a return to the series' NES roots and is a direct sequel to Double Dragon II: The Revenge on the NES.





Double Dragon began in 1987 as an arcade game, and is credited as the series that established the side-scrolling beat 'em up genre. The game features Billy and Jimmy Lee, both masters of the Sōsetsuken martial art. In addition to kicks and punches, the two also use special moves and enemy weapons to take down foes in a captivating fashion as they progress through the game's stages. It is a game renowned for its satisfying difficulty balance and fun cooperative mode. In 2017, the Double Dragon series celebrates its 30th birthday!

Double Dragon IV is the next chapter in the Double Dragon series, made in celebration of the original game's 30th anniversary. It preserves the original game's charm and adds many new features, such as new modes and characters! The wealth of features gives the game a replay value that will keep you coming back for more! Fan favorite characters from the past may also make an appearance! With its variety of new features, you won't want to miss Double Dragon IV!





Double Dragon
The kidnapping of Marian leads to a battle with the violent gang, the Black Warriors.



Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone
Following a request from a fortune teller named Hiruko, the brothers head out a globe-spanning journey in pursuit of the Rosetta Stones.



Double Dragon 2: The Revenge
The brothers take on a mysterious gang as a way to take vengeance for the murder of Marian, their friend and girlfriend.



Double Dragon IV
The story continues...







It is a continuation of the story in Double Dragon II: The Revenge, and features all new enemies! Defeat the on-rushing attackers, and try to clear all the stages!
The game can also be played with a friend!
(When first playing the game, Billy and Jimmy are the only selectable characters, but finishing all stages unlocks Tower Mode. Play this mode to unlock enemy characters for use in Story Mode.)





Progress in Story Mode to unlock extra characters for use in this mode!
In this mode even enemy characters are selectable! They possess different skills to those seen in Story Mode, so try playing as all sorts of characters!







There are no continues! How far up the tower can you make it?
New playable characters useable in all modes will unlock depending on the number of enemies you manage to defeat.







Share Play is a feature that lets you play Double Dragon 4 with a friend even if they don't own the game!
Press the SHARE Button on the DUALSHOCK™4 wireless controller and send a game invitation to a friend to enjoy the game together or get help on a stage you can't clear.
- To use Share Play to play with another person, both parties must be PlayStation Plus members.
- When using Share Play, there is a one hour time limit for each play session. When an hour has passed, the visiting player's play session will automatically end.







































































 

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I will buy this asap. Always down for some double dragon goodness.
 

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Since this is a direct sequel to the NES version of Double Dragon II The Revenge, I thought everyone who hasn't already seen my post in the other DDIV thread,
might enjoy reading EGM's coverage of NES DDII from 1989 and early 1990.










Box shots:

 

OmegaDL50

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Official Japanese website says this is 800 Yen, so I guess that might mean it'll be $10 on Steam and PSN, unless they jack the price up to $15 which might be a stretch for a NES / Retro inspired sequel.
 

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didn't know this was out so soon. can't wait for impressions. i hope we'll get a physical version down the line if this turns out to be good.
 

Bog

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I'd double dip on a physical version. Hey, Limited Run!
 

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Curious to see in-depth impressions. I loved DD as a kid, but for whatever reason, have next to zero interest in this. I'd love to be pleasantly surprised, though!
 

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This OT has more work put into it than my research paper when I was in school. Amazing work!
 

Tye The Czar

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I can't be the only one here concerned with the way some attacks didn't visually connect in the trailers, right?
 

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Can't wait. I probably beat DD2 more times than any game. It's still satisfying to this day.

I just went through and beat both the arcade and NES versions of 1-3 to lead up to this one. I'll be getting it on PC but I hope it also gets a Switch port. It's only fitting.
 

OmegaDL50

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I really can't see this being a bad game. They have the original staff members of the NES Double Dragon games involved in it's development.

With Kishimoto and Yamane involved the gameplay and audio should be solid, and with Ogata doing the artwork, there really isn't any reason for Double Dragon 4 to not be a solid follow up to the NES games, with all of the key people involved doing their same job as they did years ago in the original games.
 

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Dumb question. Isn't there already a dd4 (and 5 for that matter)? Can't say I'm up on the stories of them (5 was a fighting game irrc so not even sure there was a story) ,but is this basically ignoring them?
 

dcx4610

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Dumb question. Isn't there already a dd4 (and 5 for that matter)? Can't say I'm up on the stories of them (5 was a fighting game irrc so not even sure there was a story) ,but is this basically ignoring them?
There was never an official 4. People called the SNES game 4 but it was never titled that. There was a Double Dragon V when the license got sold to another company but it was based off the cartoon and they just slapped 5 on it since there were 4 Double Dragon games before it.

This is the official 4.
 

OmegaDL50

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There was never an official 4. People called the SNES game 4 but it was never titled that. There was a Double Dragon V when the license got sold to another company but it was based off the cartoon and they just slapped 5 on it since there were 4 Double Dragon games before it.

This is the official 4.
This is correct, in fact even the Japanese version of Super Double Dragon was called "Return of Double Dragon" no denotation to being the fourth game in the title.

Actually with the new timeline, I never even knew that Double Dragon III took place after the first game, with DD2: The Revenge being the follow up.
 

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This is correct, in fact even the Japanese version of Super Double Dragon was called "Return of Double Dragon" no denotation to being the fourth game in the title.

Actually with the new timeline, I never even knew that Double Dragon III took place after the first game, with DD2: The Revenge being the follow up.
I kinda think they retconned that as an excuse to use DD2 graphics and moves. I don't know that for a fact but it doesn't really make sense otherwise.
 

OmegaDL50

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Man, I remember DD3 being unreasonably difficult. You only had ONE fucking life!
Yeah it was an issue that each character you recruited had their own individual health meter.

Double Dragon II interestingly enough had an exploit to make the game very easy.

In 2 Player B mode which enabled Friendly Fire, if Player 1 killed Player 2, player 1 would gain an extra life, and player 2 killing player 1, gains player 2 an extra life.

You could effectively make it so you'd always have full lives during the play through if you let the other player to finish you off when your health was low to effectively trade lives back and forth.

This also works in a player 1 run on Supreme Master difficulty, in that you just kill player 2 over and over to steal all of his lives to have 7 lives to beat the game on the hardest difficulty.
 

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I like how that character artist apologizes in his interview for the stage backgrounds stating that it was the hardest part of the project for him. I don't think they look amazingly great so far but I can understand the sentiment that he had a hard task he wasn't used to making. Counting down the hours to play!
 

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Glorious OT and day fucking one!

Also, someone have a high res link to the DD2 poster?
I still wanna make a poster of that and throw it on the family gameroom wall (^_____^)
 

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Great OT.

And definitely can't wait to dig into this one. ASW scooping up the Kunio-kun and Double Dragon licenses, along with a number of the original devs, is one of the best things they've done in recent years, as far as I'm concerned!
 

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Haha never seen pics of game til today. Looks like it leapt straight outta the past. Not sure if I'm interested since I never enjoyed the series too much but this is some admirable pixel art. Love the look.

Nice EGM scans posted. I still remember them well, especially that moving platform machine thing from DD2.
 

dcx4610

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Man, I remember DD3 being unreasonably difficult. You only had ONE fucking life!
It's actually pretty easy until the last boss. You actually get 3 lives (one per character you unlock and 4 with Jimmy) I think AVGN unfairly painted a bad picture about the game. It's definitely the worst of the 3 but that's because it's different.

The idea is you get weapons and you are supposed to use those on the bosses. Fight to the boss, activate your weapon and beat them without even getting hit. When you unlock Chin (who AVGN says sucks), he may be slow but the wrecks every enemy with just a few punches. Fight the boss, use his weapon and you never get hit. The Ninja does kind of suck because he's so weak but he comes in handy on the last boss.

DD3 isn't great but I like it for what it is. The last boss is ridiculous though. You better make sure you have all 3-4 characters at full life once you get to her.
 

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Wow. It's only going to be 6.99. Great price.
I assume that is for PS Plus owners?

I mean I think I need to bite on this game for 7 bucks in all honesty.

Where do you see that if you don't mind me asking? Searched the PS Store, did not see it up.
 

Coda

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I assume that is for PS Plus owners?

I mean I think I need to bite on this game for 7 bucks in all honesty.

Where do you see that if you don't mind me asking? Searched the PS Store, did not see it up.
I wonder if it's on the Japanese store yet. Gonna play this like all day tomorrow!
 

dcx4610

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I assume that is for PS Plus owners?

I mean I think I need to bite on this game for 7 bucks in all honesty.

Where do you see that if you don't mind me asking? Searched the PS Store, did not see it up.
From their Twitter. 6.99 on PSN and Steam.