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[PS4] WarDogs: Red’s Return Review

[PS4] War Dogs: Red’s Return Review
  • On May 6, 2021

War Dogs: Red’s Return from QUByte Interactive and Mito Games is an old-school-inspired beat ’em up with an anthropomorphic cast. Check our War Dogs: Red’s Return review!


War Dogs: Red’s Return from QUByte Interactive and Mito Games is an old-school-inspired beat ’em up with an anthropomorphic cast. The city has been rundown by gangs. After a year away, Red returns to the bar of his childhood friend only to discover that one of the gangs is trying to take over the area. It’s up to Red and his punches and kicks to set things right. It’s a simple and to the point beat ’em up that plays things by the formula, which is not a bad a thing since some button mashing here and there is sometimes just what you need.

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When playing War Dogs: Red’s Return, you can either take on the available Story Mode missions, which will unlock one after the other as you complete them after beating each of the bosses, or you can take on the Missions Mode. For this one, you’ll see missions of different colors, which will let you know the overall difficulty. There are also Horde missions where you’re going to have to deal with a ton of enemies and try to survive the onslaught.


For this beat ’em up, you’ll move your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button. You can use the Square button to punch or the Triangle button to kick, alternating between the two to execute combos to keep your enemies at bay. You can also attack while jumping, delivering a switch kick to an opponent’s chin. You also have some skills you can use with the L1 or the Circle button. After activating them, you’ll have to wait for their cooldown period to end before you can use them again.

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You will also have a Rage Bar, which increases as you deal damage and defeat your enemies. You can also fill up your Rage Bar a bit when you receive damage. As the bar fills up, more abilities will unlock. These abilities are called Breaks. First up is the Burst Break, which uses up one-third of the Rage Bar to interrupt most enemy moves while also increasing your combo window and strength. To activate it, press the L1 button and the Square button at the same time. The second Break ability is Soothe. This one uses two-thirds of the bar and allows your character to regenerate some of its lost health for a few seconds. The last Break is Smash, which uses up all of your Rage Bar to defeat all enemies on the screen that are not completely invulnerable. This does mean it won’t defeat enemies in one go, but it will certainly deal a big chunk of damage.


On the upper left corner of the screen are two bars. The red one is for your overall health, and once it’s empty, you’ll lose a life. Lose all of your lives, and it’s game over! The blue bar below it is your defense bar. This one will be lowered every time you use the L2 button to block an enemy’s attack. You might get to pick up some weapons to help you fight opponents. These weapons will be displayed below your health and defense bars, and you can see their overall durability so that you know when they’re about to break.

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The money and crystals that you collect can be used to customize your character’s look by visiting the shop. You can purchase different hats or hairstyles, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and suits, jeans, pants, sneakers, and shoes – or alien feet -, bracelets, headphones, sunglasses, an eyepatch, gloves, necklaces, and more. You can also your resources to purchase implant chips and cores for your character, which can boost its fury, guts, vigor, tech, rhythm, pressure, and might so that you can take on stronger enemies.


War Dogs: Red’s Return has a full trophy list for you to work towards unlocking a Platinum trophy. There are trophies for dishing out hundreds of attacks, for defeating a ton of enemies, for picking up, using, and breaking weapons, for beating each of the game’s Story levels, for using techniques over and over again, for grabbing a health boost power-up, for activating your Berserk ability for the first time, as well as for clearing each level while playing on the Hard difficulty setting. It’s a list that you should be able to complete in a few hours.

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If you’re looking for a fun old-school inspired 2.5D beat ’em up on PlayStation 4, then War Dogs: Red’s Return is a good option. It has easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics, a story told with comic book cutscenes, eight Story stages to take on, different difficulty settings, as well as extra missions to complete. Add the customization options for your character’s look and being able to add implant chips and cores to boost its performance, and you have a fun beat ’em up to take on Sony’s console.

This War Dogs: Red’s Return review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by QUByte.

Review Overview

A fun by the numbers beat 'em up