Shredder’s Revenge Review – Pizza Time

Bback to the late 80s and early 90s when beat ’em ups were hugely popular, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the games were among the best exponents of the genre, capitalizing on the success of its source material and the genre to deliver multiple experiences that consistently captured lightning in a bottle. Decades later, beat ’em ups have made an unlikely comeback and seem to be thriving again, so it only makes sense that the Turtles are also returning to the limelight. Developer Tribute Games’ TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is a wonderful sequel to the arcade turtles beat them and the snes turtles in timeand a bit like Streets of rage 4 before that, it distinguishes between paying homage to a bygone era and offering a solid modernized new version of it with plenty of aplomb.

One thing that’s very clear from the first moment you boot up the game is Tribute Games’ love for the source material and for the aforementioned classic. TMNT Games. In more ways than one, The Shredder’s Revenge is a wonderful love letter to these spiritual predecessors and to the legendary cartoon itself. From the perfectly portrayed beloved characters to the deep cut Easter eggs, from the original cartoon voice actors reprising their roles to the excellent soundtrack and how it perfectly captures that 90s vibe, from the cutscenes wonderfully animated dotted throughout the game and how they’re brimming with nostalgia for so much more, The Shredder’s Revenge is a game that takes every opportunity to show its love for the beat ’em ups that inspired it, and, of course, for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles himself.

“Developer Tribute Games” TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is a wonderful sequel to the arcade turtles beat them and the snes turtles in timeand a bit like Streets of rage 4 before that, it distinguishes between paying homage to a bygone era and delivering a solid, modern new take on it with a lot of aplomb.”

But it’s not a game that just rides the wave of nostalgia. Rather than just looking to score points quickly and easily on this front, The Shredder’s Revenge wastes no time proving to gamers that this is also an accomplished beat ’em up in its own right that doesn’t just replicate those classic games from the late 80s and early 90s , but also brings several key improvements of its own. a more polished, refined and, in turn, enjoyable experience.

Right off the bat, there are six playable characters – the Turtles themselves, Splinter and April O’Neil, with Casey Jones coming later as an unlockable character. The general way of playing is the same with each character, meaning that that accessibility and easy to pick up nature that is so important in beat ’em ups is retained here. At the same time, however, there are significant ways each character differs from all the others. They all have completely different animations and fight using their own unique weapons, of course, but they also have notable mechanical differences, with each having variations in things like their speed, the range of their weapons and attacks, and how much damage they do, while they all also have their own unique special attacks. Playing as everyone is fun, and while everyone will naturally gravitate towards their personal favorites, I can confidently say they’re all great to play.

It helps, of course, that the basic combat in The Shredder’s Revenge is brilliant, striking the perfect balance between button-mashing fun and mechanical depth. Whether you’re looking for something enjoyable or something with a skill ceiling, the game delivers. Primary attacks are dealt with a single button, with the main objective being to smash it repeatedly to provide chained combos. On top of that, however, you have various other moves – an uppercut to send enemies flying upwards, a downward kick when airborne, a charged attack to break enemies’ defenses or inflict more powerful strikes, dodging that can be combined with attacks or used to recover quickly after being hit.

“All of those attacks and moves come together so well, because when you get into that rhythm of stringing together different moves and dishing out combos and long chains of attacks without getting hit, it’s still incredibly fun and satisfying. “

Cristiest of all is the super attack. Build up your super bar to the max by launching attacks, and once it’s charged you can unleash a super attack that instantly eliminates most enemies in your immediate vicinity. The super bar also fills up pretty quickly, so you’ll be using these attacks with some regularity. All of these attacks and moves come together beautifully, because when you get into that rhythm of stringing together different moves and dishing out combos and long chains of attacks without getting hit, it’s still incredibly fun and satisfying. The variety of enemies also contributes to this – the further you progress through the game, the more it introduces new types of enemies with different attacks and movement patterns, calling for different strategies to deal with them. If there’s one area where I feel combat falls short, it’s when you have to deal with aerial enemies – although thankfully most of the focus in the game is on ground combat.

Shredder’s Revenge levels also deserve special praise. There are sixteen levels in the game in total, most of them taking place all over New York City, and while there are some boring hoverboard levels that I thought were a bit sloppy in execution, the vast majority of them are a blast. From a TV station to rat-filled sewers, a museum to a zoo, New York skyline to so much more, there’s a solid variety of levels throughout the 2-3 hours it takes to scroll through the credits. And it’s not just the visual variety – levels often have uniquely themed environmental traps and hazards, which can be both boon and bane for you depending on how you play, from charging rhinos in the museum to the monkeys who throw bananas at you from their cages of the zoo to the manholes wide open in the streets of the city. The icing on the cake, meanwhile, is the interactivity of the levels. In classic beat ’em up fashion, there are things to smash and smash and secrets to uncover, and it really encourages you to pay attention to each new environment you find yourself in.

TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge also gives you two choices in how you choose to approach these levels. There’s Arcade Mode, which is a classic arcade beat ’em up experience – limited and continuous lives, no checkpoints and no saves, taking you through the game’s sixteen levels one after the other. in quick succession. Then there’s Story Mode, which frames all the levels in a world map, lets you replay levels, and adds other bells and whistles on top. Both modes have merit, and Arcade is definitely more preferable for those looking for a classic beat ’em up experience, but I personally enjoyed my time with Story mode more. Here, there’s a simple progression system in place for each individual character, as well as optional objectives within each level, like specific challenges or collectibles to find. If you’re looking for a meatier experience, Story Mode is the way to go, although I will say I was a bit disappointed with how stripped down the world map was and, in turn, pointless.

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“This is a lovingly crafted and very well put together game that is not only an excellent and nostalgic reminder of a bygone era, but also a great experience in its own right that modernizes itself very smartly in every way. required.”

Ultimately, however, The Shredder’s Revenge is a solid game, to say the least. Whether you are new to TMNT or brawlers or experienced with one or both, whether you’re looking to play solo or with five other players, whether you want to blast through Arcade Mode or tackle Story Mode, there’s a lot to like here. This is a lovingly crafted and very well put together game that is not only an excellent and nostalgic reminder of a bygone era, but also a great experience in its own right that very smartly modernizes in every way necessary. .

This game was tested on the Xbox Series X.