Double Dragon IV Two-Player Playthrough (Switch)

This is a capture of me and a friend playing through Double Dragon IV for the Nintendo Switch. I’m player one (Billy) and Drew is player two (Jimmy).

Even though Double Dragon IV was originally released for other systems back in January of 2017, it took until early September 2017 for it to release on the Switch. As a huge Double Dragon fan, I immediately bought the game on its release date, and I’ve been playing it since then with my friend Drew.

This game provides a decent challenge, so this is the first time I’ve actually beaten it. However, I have mixed feelings about this title. Even though this is a good game overall, it feels half-assed, like the developer wasn’t even trying.

Arc System Works made quite a bold announcement when they declared that they were releasing “Double Dragon IV” (before, Super Double Dragon was essentially the fourth game in the series). The title alone meant that this game was attempting to erase Double Dragon V from the series’ history and start over, so it had a lot to live up to.

However, when I first saw the footage of Double Dragon IV, I was shocked to see the same basic graphical style and characters from Double Dragon II on the NES. I thought that was quite lazy. I actually wondered if the game had started out as a fan game or “rom hack” that was later purchased outright by Arc System Works.

This game sadly lacks ambition. Double Dragon Advance was far better and far more ambitious, even though it was basically a remake of the original arcade game. And although it doesn’t really matter, the story in this game doesn’t really make any sense.

Notwithstanding these issues, I do feel Double Dragon IV is worth the measly $7 that I paid. The two-player mode is fun, and the combat works well. It’s just a shame that this game doesn’t really advance the series much. Enjoy the footage.

Recorded with the Elgato Game Capture HD60 and the Switch’s HDMI cable at native 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. I’m using a Real Arcade Pro V Hayabusa joystick and Drew is using a Pro Controller.

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