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PCActu (Jul 06, 2011)
The Asskickers est probablement l'un des meilleurs Beat'em Up de ces dix dernières années. En repensant avec brio les codes du genre, les développeurs indépendants du studio d'AGO Games peuvent se féliciter du travail accompli. Le gameplay classique des Beat'em Up fonctionne, le design est au service de l'histoire, la difficulté est savamment étudiée et il s'agit qui plus est d'une oeuvre que l'on peut qualifier de critique au système dans lequel on vit. Malheureusement, le faible budget des développeurs a eu une incidence quasi-transparente sur le titre, via par exemple l'absence d'un classement des scores pour les trois modes, sans oublier le faible nombre de coups. Dommage qu'il n'existe pas encore de démonstration qui permettrait de vous faire une idée par vous-même, mais si vous décidez de sauter le pas, sachez que c'est l'occasion de passer un bel été avec un soft frais et décalé, et de surcroît de soutenir un studio indépendant français. A votre tour de botter des culs !
Gaming Nexus (Aug 30, 2011)
Despite the abundant flaws and issues with the game, I had some fun during my time with it. It is one of those situations where I can’t say that I hated it, but I cannot say that I really, liked it either. The Asskickers is filled with all of the right cliches of the genre and enough tongue and cheek humor to keep you satisfied for a single play-through but there isn’t anything that will bring you back afterwards. The visuals are pretty nice when they aren’t moving but the gameplay often feels broken and too repetitive, even for the genre. It is an enjoyable romp but not one that you will take again and again, which is a necessity for a successive entry in the beat’em up genre.
GamingXP (Jun 29, 2011)
Stärken und Schwächen halten sich in „The Asskickers“ die Waage. Die gelungene Umsetzung des Beat’em Up-Arcadekonzepts und die stimmige Story treffen auf eine fehlende Blockmöglichkeit und den knackigen Schwierigkeitsgrad. Für nicht einmal zwölf Euro bekommt man ein solides Game, das seine unterhaltsamsten Elemente mit Sicherheit im Coop-Play hat und den Anspruch, Retroflair zu vermitteln, sicher erfüllt. Für Freunde von „Double Dragon“, „Renegade“ oder „River City Ransom“ ein lohnenswertes Addendum zur Spielbibliothek.
Impulse Gamer (Jul, 2011)
Being available for 15 dollars makes The Asskickers something of a budget title even in the indie market, but not a competitively priced one. This game largely accomplishes what it set out to do, but without a great deal of innovation, I can't say that it even really successfully competes with the genre's classics. If you're a beat-'em-up collector then this is a must have. If you're nostalgic for old action games but want something you haven't tried, then this may be for you too. Maybe if this budget title were offered for 5 dollars, more gamers might be interested in putting on their asskicking shoes. For now though, I can't offer much of a recommendation.
40 (Aug 06, 2011)
All in all, keep in mind that this is AGO's first foray into the industry and for their first game, it's a solid attempt. Rovio slogged through 50 games before coming up with a gem like Angry Birds, so there's no reason why AGO can't hit that g-spot with their future titles. As for The Asskickers, it's worth a go if you've got someone to play with, especially when the $4.99 price tag is considered. In fact, co-op play is highly recommended for anyone interested in the game. Simply keep in mind that there are some big mechanical issues with the gameplay. Otherwise, it's a fun – and certainly challenging, if only for the wrong reasons – throwback to old school brawlers.
Gamernode (Aug 10, 2011)
People still love playing beat-’em up games — just look at Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The team behind The Asskickers recognized this, but failed to execute on every level. The story and visuals are decent, but the core gameplay that makes or breaks this kind of game is the biggest negative. With that being the case, it’s hard to recommend The Asskickers to anyone but hardcore beat-’em up fans that may be curious.
Ironhammers (Jul 29, 2011)
To conclude, The Asskickers feels like it could have benefited tremendously from a little longer in development. Had this of been the case, it may have been quite refreshing, but instead what should have been a brilliant rejuvenation of this gaming genre, is let down by buggy, unsatisfactory gameplay. Still, the co-op is relatively enjoyable, and it’s quite cheap; enough to avoid a 1/5 rating. Just.
Da Gameboyz (Jul 28, 2011)
The Asskickers is a fun throwback to older, more difficult beat 'em ups. It has a great art style and fun story. Unfortunately, the game is plagued by problems and glitches. A demo is available on the official site as is the full retail version for $8.99, a price that seems much too high even if the game was problem-free. However, if you're still interested in the game, make sure to check out the demo first. If it runs without any of the glitches, that price becomes a bit more reasonable!
ZTGameDomain (Jul 28, 2011)
Unfortunately, the game has little to offer. With its dodgy controls and dull combat, it is hard to recommend this game to anybody, even a real retro brawler fan. The game does have a nice look to it, but that doesn’t make up for the game’s glitches (several times I walked off the side of the screen, never to be seen again) and the poor way that the game’s text is presented. In my opinion, you would be better of spending your money on the XBLA version of Streets of Rage 2.
Destructoid (Aug 09, 2011)
The Asskickers does little to elevate itself over the antiquated genre it spawned from. The hand-drawn 2D art is nice, and the real-world caricatures that act as bosses after each stage might elicit a smirk, but the game is short, shallow, and unable to properly execute the simple, tried-and-true beat 'em up gameplay style, let alone advance it.
Gamers' Temple, The (Nov 20, 2011)
There's a certain allure to playing old-school beat-em-ups, but there's also plenty of options to pick up a downloadable indie game that nails that gameplay. The Asskickers doesn't, so it's not really recommendable.
20 (Aug 10, 2011)
The Asskickers s'autoproclame « renouveau du beat'em all en 2D ». Ce n'est qu'un fulgurant échec à tout point de vue. Un univers sans âme, un design sans intérêt, des gags sans humour et un gameplay qui ne parvient pas à reproduire des sensations vieilles de 15 ans.
Thunderbolt Games (Sep 02, 2011)
The Asskickers is the videogame equivalent of imitation crab meat. It presents a series of cheaply compiled, processed ingredients in order to achieve the comparison to something good. Its imitation comes across as neither sincere nor flattering, and it’s got a rotten aftertaste.