Brawlers hold a special place in my heart from their retro origins, but I’ve never felt they’ve excelled in the current generation like they should. For example, in the 360/PS3 age we had Castle Crashers, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and fast-forward a couple years later, and we’ve only received Foul Play, Overruled! and Zombie Vikings, all middling titles.
Because of this declining quality, I didn’t need much coming from Dungeon Punks to impress me, and was more looking forward to what influenced it such as the brawler classics like Sega’s Altered Beast or Final Fight. After playing the game through and with other people, I’m happy to report how my initial impressions changed.
The brawler genre always has ounces of humor here and there, and Dungeon Punks is certainly willing to commit to this trait. The backing to missions have hilarity and cleverness, but the gameplay backing them is even greater. There’s a lot of variety between the different characters, and while you might be used to it’s conventions if you’ve played previous brawlers recently, it does not take away from the fun. Unleashing special attacks with other players is always a good time.
Story & Design:
Dungeon Punk’s whole story surrounds one long fetch quest, but the whole thing is done in a tongue-in-cheek manner so the game doesn’t feel like a grind. The dialogue supporting the narrative is also high class, and features an array of surprises, craziness, and just plain fun. The design doesn’t hold the same caliber as there is some repetition felt during the later areas, but this is only because the game slightly overstays it’s welcome.
Presentation/ Visuals & Audio:
Dungeon Punks is a bang for your buck considering it’s replay value, and the presentation is just as stellar. It redesigns the tasks to feel less monotonous due to colorful environments, strong enemy variety and impressive cutscenes. I do wish there was a stronger presence in the online department, but if you have some friends over it should be just as fun.
I won’t go as far to say Dungeon Punks will likely be the best brawler released this generation, but it’s certainly up there. It’s blend of great mechanics, enemies, and a funny story show that the developers knew how to make a brawler great. There is some tedium here and there, but it was nothing that stalled me from playing, because everything else was so strong.
Dungeon Punks gets a 8/10 (Very Good)
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