Nowadays, First Person Shooters reign supreme on consoles, but when I was younger it was all about the beat em up’s! You got Turtles in Time, Final Fight, Streets of Rage (I could seriously go on and on). As simplistic as these games were, I would spend hours into them. They were quick short experiences but I managed to get hours out of them. Everything from the art style to the music to just feeling like a straight up bad ass. Nowadays you dont see these games too often. They come up here and there, best example would be Scott Pilgrim on PS3/X360.
Enter 99Vidas. If any of the games I mentioned before got you a little excited, then you’re in for a treat.
This game is a straight love letter to the beat em ups of the 16 bit era. You will come across a lot of things here that you’ll catch as nods to your old favourites. It has everything that you expect from this type of genre, Amazing music, items to throw and bash people with & of course combos. Plenty of combos. You can also expect the same cheesy “story” you would be used to seeing.
However the one thing the game doesn’t take from its influences are tight controls. At times I felt as if the character wasn’t as quickly responsive to my commands as I would like. I didn’t feel that this tarnished the experience but it definitely through me out of the loop from time to time.
Something different they’ve done with 99Vidas would be using all those points you get to actually level up your character. You can purchase new combos, special moves and extra lives. And you dont unfortunately start with 99 lives as the title may have led you to believe! This addition to the game I feel really gives you the need to push harder, pull off more combos and actually feel the point of progression. Back when you would see everything off the first level, 99Vidas takes a page from modern gaming in which it hands you the basics and lets you earn new abilities.
With the exception of the sometimes off control scheme, 99Vidas is a blast to play through. The game has local & online co-op, however I wasn’t able to find anyone to play with online. I have no doubt you could grab your best friend and run through this game, having a blast & remembering simpler times way back when. If you’re a beat em up fan, looking for a trip down nostalgia lane then this is for you. For $9.99 you will get more than you bargained for and not to mention its cross buy for PS4/PS3/PSVita. If you’ve never loved these games in the past though this wont change your mind.