“Huh…? What was that…? CP, come in CP, this is Zulu 7. I heard a suspicious noise just now, I’m gonna go check it out.”
I’m leaping over electric beams, gnawing on exposed wires and scampering around grime-covered vents with a pack of squeaking accomplices. I am – believe or not – a sewer rat.
“Oh, so you’re a rat now…?” My girlfriend asks puzzlingly. “Aren’t you supposed to be Dracula?”
The beat ’em up genre has sadly been neglected the last few console generations. The days of slotting coins into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or ruining controllers in the name of Streets of Rage are unfortunately, mostly a thing of the past. It’s true that there is the occasional game following similar formulae, and the genre is enjoying a bit of a revival among indie developers with games like Charlie Murder and Guacamelee!, but rarely is the beat ’em up touched in a bigger budgeted environment.
There’s nothing I love more than a old good sing-along, a holiday to Bulgaria taught me that much. Every night, without fail, me and my friend would take to the stage…
Whenever Goichi Suda is working on a new title, the whole process is very much an event. You know whatever he churns out is going to be pants-on-head insane, yet wildly imaginative and a ton of fun to play. While this wasn’t necessarily the case with Lollipop Chainsaw, his previous works such as No More Heroes and Killer7 have been praised for their uncouth nature, being designed by a group of people unafraid to think outside the box.
It seems that no matter how many genetic mutations and disfigured freaks of humanity gamers dispose of, our appetite for apocalyptic action is apparently, insatiable.
For developers, it’s become the new go-to fictitious scenario, only surpassed by the military shooter for the award of ‘most oversaturated subject matter of this generation’.
Remember Me is a new IP published by Capcom, and is the first game from developer Dontnod Entertainment. While announced mid-2012 to little fanfare, Remember Me slowly built anticipation through its customisable combat system, unique cyberpunk setting and an interesting female protagonist. Sadly, whilst Remember Me is a solid start with some memorable (no pun intended) scenarios, it falls massively short of its potential.