[PlayStation 4] Dusty Raging Fist Review
Dusty Raging Fist from PD Design Studio is a 2D beat ‘em up action game inspired by the classics in the genre. Learn more about it in our Dusty Raging Fist review!
The 1990s is considered as the golden age for arcade beat ‘em up releases, thanks to the success of releases such as Golden Axe, Streets of Rage and Final Fight, and it is from these games that Dusty Raging Fist draws inspiration, and to which it pays homage – it’s a love letter to the great games of ages past. We’ve lately been experiencing a resurgence of beat ‘em up releases, so the timing is definitely right.
You have a party of three characters, with leather jacket wearing Dusty, ninja fox Kitsune, and Darg the goat. You can play alone or with friends in local multiplayer, and as can be expected from a beat ‘em up, your goal is to fight through hordes of enemies, some more difficult to defeat than others. You can chain together combos to deal more damage against the enemies you’ll battle, as well as to keep them from attacking you.
Each character has different stats and abilities, and during my tie with the game, I favored playing as Dusty since he’s the best all-around character of the bunch, with balanced stats and abilities that are best suited for my playing style. You might play a beat ‘em up differently, which is why you also have Kitsune and Darg as available characters for your adventure. I recommend that you test all three characters to see who is better suited for your run.
As you progress through the game, you will come across Snow and Leo, who will act as supporting characters. Snow, for me, is the better of the two since he is a sniper and can easily pick off enemies from long range, so he is a very good choice for players who love sneak kills. Leo, as you can probably guess, is a lion, and he wields a rocket launcher, a nice weapon to have in a fight but one that I found to be too clunky.
The story is a little on the thin side, as is to be expected from a beat ‘em up. A young lad visits you saying his village is under attack and that they desperately need your help. Dusty, being the kind-hearted rabbit that he is, agrees to help. Kitsune talks of how the rising darkness that is plaguing this and other villages is a sign of the return of the Ancient Evil, so they try to use the legendary elemental powers that can help to eradicate evil.
The combat side of things is easy to understand since you have three types of attacks, light, medium and ranged attacks, and you can move freely to dodge incoming attacks, as well as jump and double jump. You can design combos using the three attack types to link into more powerful attacks, and you can also perform air juggling attack combos, and end up smashing enemies into the floor. The bigger the combo, the greater the damage you can deal.
Dusty Raging Fist is a fun beat ‘em up on PlayStation 4 that pays homage to the classics of the genre while also mixing things up to give us something new. The available characters are charming and offer different stats and skills, the support characters add an extra layer of strategy. The game has a nice art style, and it features some voice acting that brings the characters to life. The one thing I didn’t like is the music since I felt it didn’t fit the overall vibe of the game.
This Dusty Raging Fist review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by PD Design Studio.