River City Girls sequel aims to perfect this juicy fusion of anime and wrestling

Misako, Kyoko, Riki, Kunio, Marain, and Provie prepare for battle on the cover art of River City Girls 2.

The girls (and boys) are back.
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As an otaku, wrestling brand, and gamer, my disparate interests rarely align neatly in one medium. As I saw Games, wrestlersand anime brazenly reference each other, the overlap usually ends there without fully committing to creating the perfect gumbo filled with the high-octane action of anime, the over-the-top theatrics of pro wrestling, and the satisfying skill-based combat in video games. That is, until River town girls answered my prayers in 2019.

River town girls, developed by Wayforward, is a spin-off of the classic beat ’em up series Kunio-Kun. But instead of playing the heroes of the series, Kunio and Riki, River town girls flipped the show’s formula by having you play as their rambunctious girlfriends Misako and Kyoko as they take the smackdown through the mean streets of River City in search of their kidnapped boyfriends.

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River town girls was by far one of my three favorite games of 2019. What captivated me from the jump with RCG were its hybrid beat ’em up and RPG battles. Be able to pull off a Stone Cold Stunner with Misako and go wild a powerful dab followed by a rainbow trail after wombo combined waves of enemies while Kyoko was extremely satisfying. If you or a friend who is being beaten needs a wake up call, RCG Hilariously, you went the extra mile by having the floating angel stomped out of Kyoko and Misako into their bodies so you could finish the good fight.

Misako knocks a girl out of the air with the swing of her pink purse.

“Drop my purse. I do not know you. – Misako (probably)
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Apart from her heroines’ smooth combat animations, RCGThe cool art direction of has skillfully used anime and manga styles in the cutscenes. RCG cutscenes were beautifully animated with poppy colors and smooth motion. During fully voiced flashbacksRCG features black and white manga panels, often depicting Misako and Kyoko’s budding friendship or providing context as to why the bosses have an insatiable desire to beat the pair in the dirt.

His catchy synth pop soundtrack by Megan McDuffee was the glue that held everything together. Every song, especially from the in-game musician Noiseeffortlessly matched both the frenetic energy of combat and the nonchalant exploration of River City.

Since Wayforward’s announcement of River Town Girls 2, I experienced a mix of hype and worry about whether the sequel would live up to the lofty expectations set by its predecessor. Those fears were tempered after director Adam Tierney, project manager Bannon Rudis and RCG2 producer Colleen Fannin shared new information about the upcoming release that made the game a big improvement over its predecessor.

Kyoko holds an enemy in the middle of the street while Misako finds herself for a kick.

“Run their pockets.”
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In an interview with co-optimusthe Wayforward team revealed RCG2it is The story takes place immediately after the events of the first game and will have Riki, Kunio, Misako, and Kyoko playable from the start. RCG2 also includes Dual Dragon heroine and RCG1the shopkeeper with abs of steel, Marianand River City Ransom: Undergroundit is Provie as playable characters.

In addition to revised attachments that improve weaponsRCG2 has a couch and online co-op, something RCG1 did not offer despite fan demand.

“You’ll earn cash and XP, keeping any props and items you buy, but none of the main storyline items are awarded to guest players,” Rudis said. co-optimus. “That way you don’t suddenly jump past story progression in your own game.”

But what about the music? According to Rudis, the soundtrack will also receive an upgrade, being “much more thoughtful to really capture the vibe of every area players visit.” Knowing the composer Duffee will not only return to the sequel, but also that players can listen to music while relaxing in hideouts in RCG2 is a mondo-cool addition to the sequel in itself.

Overall, I am optimistic about the trajectory that River town girls The series picks up and I’m particularly curious about the saxophone weapon that Rudis teased during the interview. One can only hope that you will be able to serenade your enemies with a powerful sonic wave that is legally distinct from Careless Whisper.

River Town Girls 2 is set to release later this summer on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC.

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