The Warriors is one of those flicks that has somehow elevated far beyond the dubious quality of the original cult film work; from the WWE‘s Booker T’s “Can you dig it?” battlecry to Diddy’s “Baaaadddd Boooy….Come out and plaaaa-aaaayyyy” in Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)” video, elements of the flick have permeated many areas of pop culture. The movie’s street-brawling action makes it perfect fodder for a videogame, so I was a bit disappointed when Rockstar Games’ PlayStation 2 The Warriors pretty much dropped the ball with loosey-goosey controls and tedious tasks. Fortunately, the license is getting a second shot at videogame success with the pending release of The Warriors: Street Brawl.
CXTM and Paramount Digital Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Warriors with a release of a side-scrolling retro-brawler that looks to cater to fans of the the beat ‘em up genre. Check the deets:
- Single player and 4-player local modes
- Online co-op mode
- Versus mode
- Boss Mode: can you handle a non-stop string of boss battles? (Unlockable)
- Build Your Gang: Unlock additional Warriors
- Comic Book Visuals
- Weapons: 2 x 4′s, knives, pool cues, bats, crowbars
- 6 missions that pack 3 levels each
- Each Warrior will have a special move
A quick analysis of the screens reveal plenty of attention to detail in the backgrounds: the subways and street have a wonderfully gritty feel, without looking boring and drab (one of my gripes with Rockstar Game’s The Warriors title). Each Warrior has two meters, which appears to represent health and a “super” of some sort; multipliers look to be in the house as well. Here’s hoping that The Warriors: Street Brawl can overcome the genre’s pitfalls and provide a modern beat ‘em up experience.
The hardcore trek from Manhattan to Coney Island will commence this fall, suckas.