Brawlers are a beloved gaming genre made quite popular in the arcades and homes of the 1980s-90s and Night City Assault aims to bring us back in time with a nostalgic trip back to this decade. Those of us who grew up during this period fondly remember beating the living crap out of our avatar’s enemies on the way to some goal or another. Usually to save a loved one or just to take down some villainous kingpin.
And Night City Assault doesn’t just take the gameplay that’s considered a staple of the genre but also incorporates a lot of the trapping familiar with the bygone days of the ’80s. The soundtrack alone is filled with enough synth music to make any ‘punker shed a tear. And that’s not all. There’s plenty of nods to what made the decade what it was. Most notably the action movies that were made famous during this time.
While a large majority of action games back then didn’t have much in the way of plot, Night City Assault promises to be full of it. You play as Roy Silver, a detective that was recently reassigned to the city and both he and his partner have been targeted by a syndicate that pretty much runs the place. They crash your car and take your partner hostage. While you wait for backup you take it upon yourself to fight through the city to rescue him. And possibly take down the guy in charge while doing it.
Unlike most brawlers, though, Night City Assault blends the action with a Metroidvania-style RPG system where you can gain experience and level up as you work your way to that zone’s boss at the end. It’s pretty open-world and you can take on quests for NPCs throughout. Fans of the genre should feel right at home here.
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