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[Nintendo Switch] Deathwish Enforcers Review

[Nintendo Switch] Deathwish Enforcers Review
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Arcade-style experience Deathwish Enforcers from Limited Run Games and Monster Bath Studios is now ready for you on PS4. Learn more in our Deathwish Enforcers review!

 

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Deathwish Enforcers is an arcade-style 2D shooter from the studio formally known as Causal Bit Games, which made the brilliant Battle Princess Madelyn, which was published by the wonderful team at Hound Picked Games. Causal Bit Games is now known as Monster Bath Games, and Deathwish Enforcers is published by Limited Run Games, who also worked on physical versions for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch versions of the game. This one is very different from what I’m used to playing, so it’s definitely something that I was looking forward to taking it for a spin.

But before I continue, I do need to present some warnings. This is a game that is not aimed at all audiences. This one is Rated M for Mature, which means that there are some elements not suitable for those under the age of 18 or similar, depending on your country’s laws and regulations. The game plays on the Sexploitation movie genre, which means there’s a high level of sexism and lots of female nudity, so beware of this when you decide to make a purchase.

 

Deathwish Enforcers is a 2D arcade shooter set in the late 1960s that pays homage to games such as Sunset Riders, an arcade game that launched way back in 1991. Deathwish Enforcers plays in a similar way. You’ll be able to play as Larry, Chuck, Cleo, and Diana, with each character having different stats – some have better speed than others, better strength, and so on. You start with a set of continues, so when one dies, you can pick up where you left off with another character. These characters are based on characters – and their actors – from classic movies, such as Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry.

It is also worth noting that your enemies are one-shot killers, so in the options menu, you can change the number of continues you can have from the default to a max of 9 continues, which can make a big difference in the long run. The same goes for the number of lives you can have. Since a single hit can take you out, the more lives and continues you have, the better your odds of making it to the end and having the credits roll.

 

Due to the games, this one is paying homage to, that means it’s not going to be a long game to play, which means that you can complete it in 2 hours and change, depending on your skill level and experience with similar games. Depending on how you change things in the settings, so you could bring down all the bad guys in less than 2 hours. It’s a pure action experience since there’s not much story to worry about.

The key to success, and this is true of boss battles, is learning the movement and attack patterns of your enemies. You’ll have to take on a boss at the end of each stage, with a difficulty that increases at a steady pace. I enjoyed the game’s pixel art and presentation and the soundtrack. The game’s controls and gameplay do take a bit to get used to since it’s not as smooth as what we’re used to for games launching in 2023. I ran into issues when trying to jump to a higher platform or when jumping back down, and walking around and shooting is not instantaneous.

 

Deathwish Enforcers offers an old-school type arcade-style experience that pays homage to classics in the genre. I have to be honest. As a woman, I wasn’t a fan of the level of sexism in the game, with lots of nudity and naked damsels in distress, which I wasn’t comfortable with it. I know this is due to the game taking its cues from the Sexploitation movies of the 1960s and 1970s, hence it’s Rated M for Mature rating on Nintendo’s console. Deathwish Enforcers is available on Nintendo Switch with a $22.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This Deathwish Enforcers review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Limited Run Games.

Review Overview

2D arcade-style Rated M for Mature experience
7.5
7.5

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