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Double Dragon (Genesis)

Double Dragon Genesis Title screen


Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall User Score (21 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
With the gameplay that made it famous, the soundtrack we'll never forget, and the unforgettable late 80s look, this is one for the ages. There's no arguing that later games in the genre did it better, but looking back, very few could ever be this memorable. Double Dragon is one title that will live in the minds of gamers no matter how long our hobby is around, no matter how mainstream gaming gets, and no matter how old we all get. Get it, play it, remember it.
If I had any problems with this game, it'd be its shortness. There are only five levels, and the second level has a total of only NINE bad guys. NINE! Ballistic felt it needed to shorten the game, apparently. Other than that, the game is really fun, and a nice way to waste away a half hour.
Mean Machines
I really enjoyed Double Dragon when it first came out in the arcades. After all, it was a milestone in the history of arcade combat games. This conversion is virtually identical to the coin-op, with graphics that are almost exactly the same. It actually improves on the original in one way because it doesn't slow down at all. On the down side, the bone-crunching sound effects aren't as good though as the coin-op, and the game is a lot easier than the arcade. I think that the easiness of the game is perhaps the biggest criticism I have. In two-player mode, MEGATECH editor Paul Glancey and myself completed the game on our first attempt. Perhaps if there weren't so many continues, the challenge would be stronger. The end-game sequence is also extremely disappointing. Although the £29.99 price tag is welcome, I can't help but think that you should save up an extra fiver and purchase Streets of Rage.
Power Play
Gott sei Dank spielt sich Double Dragon um einiges besser als der zweite Teil, obwohl auch das Original nicht übers Mittelmaß hinausreicht.
Video Games
Zugegeben, der Automaten-Oldie wurde grafisch und spielerisch gut umgestzt - aber ist eine 1:1-Version der Ur-Prügelei auch 1992 noch zeitgerecht? Leider nicht: Segas “Streets of Rage“ schlägt das Ballistic-Actionspiel in jeder Beziehung - grafisch, akustisch, inhaltlich. Nur im Vergleich zu “Double Dragon 2“ macht der erste Teil noch eine glänzende Figur. Ansonsten ist das Spiel zu bieder und konventionell, um 16-Bit-gestählte Videoprügler in positiven Streß zu versetzen. Auch der Zwei-Spieler-Modus ist bestenfalls für zwei, drei Abende eine unterhaltsame Sache, dann ist die Luft endgültig ‘raus: Laßt die Rate-Brüder (und ihre unglückliche Freundin) endlich in Frieden!
The Video Game Critic
Double Dragon was released in 1987, and its age is showing. If you're looking to get your kicks, stick with Streets of Rage.