A few sites are reporting on a new beat ’em up heading for the DS in March called Tokyo Beat Down which is coming over to the States courtesy of Atlus. Gametrailers even has a video teaser introducing the “Beast Cops” who are apparently the tough as nails police unit assigned to head out and basically hammer the living hell out of the bad guys, Final Fight style. Multiple endings? Multiple characters? Ahhhh…it almost makes me want to fire up the old Genesis for some Streets of Rage goodness, or the Saturn for some Guardian Heroes nostalgia.
The 3D graphics actually look good in a kind of Sega Saturn-ish kind of way, delivering just the right kind of finger blistering fun that I had also enjoyed with Die Hard Arcade. That, and it’s been too long since I’ve played a good beat ’em up outside of a Beats of Rage mod. From the galleries, it looks like you’ll be able to hit your desk and investigate cases so there’s a story involved, but most of the game looks like it will concentrate on face smashing and rib crushing action which is fine by me.