[PS4 Double Review] Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe Review
Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe from Secret Base is a roguelike beat ’em Up on the PlayStation 4. Find out more about this release in our Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe review!
Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe – Trailer
This is a double review for Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe on PlayStation 4 by EdEN and Ceidz. This review presents what they both had to say.
Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe, the game starts with a zombie invasion that came out of nowhere, and it will be our task to punch our way out of this situation. Throughout the game, we’ll also be helped by a red fairy that initially tells us that she has the power to grant the characters the power to fight the invasion. That’ll be helpful, so thanks!
As you begin your game, you are greeted by a character selection screen in which you can pick your preferred character based on its appearance and basic characteristics. One of the neat and honestly best aspects of this game is the ability to play in couch-co-op with a friend as having two people take on this journey was definitively more pleasant than playing on my own.
As for the basic gameplay, it is combo-based and you will get an explanation in the first level of what you can do with your characters – the first level serves as the tutorial. Once you’re done with the tutorial, you’ll be out in the wild. One of the things I noticed is that the actual gameplay felt slower than expected due to the speed of your characters and since you need to defeat all enemies before you can move on, as one does in a beat ’em up, you won’t be running around at all. Enemies also come at you from both sides of the screen, so you often have to walk from one side to the other, if you’re playing alone. Like I already mentioned, playing with two players had an entirely different pacing and felt better.
The bosses are quite tough, even in the normal difficulty setting, and they seem to get stronger and harder as you deplete their hit points. If you die (either at a boss or during the normal stages), you can use either a Soul Token, which are quite rare to come by, or, if you don’t have one, start a new game. This being a roguelike release, if you die you’ll lose your progress.
Like Ceidz mentioned, this is a roguelike release that will test your combat skills and, bringing back memories of playing Double Dragon, Streets of Rage, Final Fight and other beat ’em up classics. The game offers three difficulty settings so that players of all skill levels can have a shot at playing the game. You have Casual, which keeps you from getting any of the in-game achievements, Classic, which is the regular difficulty setting, and Harder which will definitely be a challenge even for experienced players.
About the combo-based gameplay mentioned earlier, the game expects you to master the special attacks of each character so that you can finish off enemies since doing so rewards you more than if you just defeat them the usual way. Something I got a kick out of is seeing how one of the characters was riding around in something that me thin of Magitek Armor (from what back in the day we knew as Final Fantasy III, now Final Fantasy VI), which was a nice nod to the best JRPG of all time.
The game looks great with solid pixel art that is very detailed, making everything pop. The soundtrack is also a nice 16-bit style chiptune mix, with tracks that reminded me of games in other genres, such as Corpse Party, which is a game that I love. While playing I noticed that some of the sounds were played through the speaker on the DualShock 4, which was a nice thing since it gave it a bit of an echo vibe to what was going on at the TV. This one offers different endings, which adds to its replay value.
If you’re a fan of Double Dragon style games, you know, of the classics in the beat ’em up genre, then Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe Review might scratch that itch. While Ceidz preferred playing this release in couch co-op, EdEN liked going at it on his own, so there are definitely options for fans of both styles of play.
PSN Game Size: 795MB
This Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe review is based on PlayStation 4 copies provided by Secret Base.