For those who don’t know, and if you don’t by now shame on you, Raging Justice is a glorious return to the genre staple that was the scrolling beat ’em up. They were all the rage (no pun intended) in the 8 & 16 bit era with numerous entries in to gaming’s hall of fame like Double Dragon, Final Fight, TMNT Turtles in Time and the greatest of all Streets of Rage 2.
Raging Justice isn’t just an homage though as it also brings its own twist to the genre. A morality meter of sorts, as their are arrest warrants issued for some of the city greatest scum and villainy but… do you knock em down and slap on the hand cuffs or just beat them to a bloody stain on the pavement? Good Cop or Bad Cop? The choice is yours and apparently their will be consequences to your actions. I’m guessing branching paths, giving you plenty of reasons to play through again and again.
As a huge fan of the genre, I have been keeping my eyes on this game ever since it was brought to my attention and I was very excited when developer MakinGames, and publishing partner Team17, finally announced a release date for their old skool brawler. The game will be smashing it’s way on to Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and Steam on the 8th May 2018.
That wasn’t all the information we gained today though. Through a nice new trailer we also got to see a new addition to the character roster; Ashley King. Ashley is a 15 year old kid who “learnt to fight on the streets”. He seems to be the weaker but faster character which lines up nicely with the strong but slow veteran cop, Rick Justice, and the all rounder ex military badass, Nikki Rage. A great little treat about newcomer Ashley is that he seems to be a huge Karate Kid fan, shown in the trailer to be a master of the infamous Crane Kick technique. Whether this is just one fun 80’s reference or one of many (the developers are ex Rare employees after all) I can not wait to find out.