Review: Kung Fury: Street Rage (PS4)
Miami Police Department detective and martial artist Kung Fury time travels from the 1980s to World War II to kill Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. “Kung Führer”, and revenge his friend’s death at the hands of the Nazi leader. An error in the time machine sends him further back to the Viking Age.
- Retro graphics.
- Small download size. (82mb)
- Cheap price point.
- Retro arcade presentation.
- CRT/Arcade cabinet screen filter for that proper retro feel.
- Simple control scheme-Left is attack left and right is attack right, That is it!
- Classic PC crash pause screen.
- VHS influenced 80s opening video.
- Local leaderboards.
- Personal best scrore shown at the top of the screen.
- All buttons and sticks on the controller do either left or right attacks.
- Gameplay videos make you think its a straight up Streets Of Rage clone but in fact it is more akin to a ryhhm action game. Time your attacks to chain together combos.
- Addictive gameplay.
- 11 Trophies.
- Difficulty spike happen a lot especially when encountering new enemies.
- Learning curve with the controls but also how to properly time attacks.
- No online leaderboards.
So Kung Fury blasted all over the web thanks to the frankly amazing opening video, Retro games were back and proper in your face! The thing that stuck out for me was it looked like a new take on the classic side scrolling beat em ups like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. Until I sat down to play it I still believed that, How wrong I was as the controls initially threw me right off, I would die every 5 minutes and with miniscule scores. Not contempt with a game mocking me I kept going and going until I soon mastered the art of timing attacks and knowing when to move along the screen. Then I just saw the game as a violent Parappa The Rapper and beat the living snot out of anything that moved. It is a weird game for its control methods but its something different and as gamers we need titles like this to spur on future concepts. In short its a riot once you get around the controls and gameplay.