Some of my earliest and fondest gaming memories revolve around playing the Double Dragon games with my brother.
'Keep your politics out of our games.' Behind the fretful plea (one which has recently become something of a placard slogan, waved at game developers by those who want games to offer only retreat from the real world, not a reflection of it), is the belief that a video game can stand apart from the context in which it is created. The argument collapses when you consider the myriad ways in which time and culture infuse every aspect of a video game's design from a technological standpoint.
Double Dragon 4
Publisher: Arc System Works
This one crept up on me: Double Dragon 4 comes out next week on Steam and PlayStation 4.
There have been plenty of rubbish Double Dragon games over the years, but this one looks like it could be good. For one, it's made by Arc System Works, the Japanese brains behind superb fighting games Guilty Gear and BlazBlue and the original Double Dragon that came out in 1988.
Arc System Works put out the video, below, which shows off gameplay from Double Dragon 4. There's a duel mode where you fight against another player, a tower mode where you keep fighting and climbing until you die, and of course a story mode. There are loads of characters to unlock and the visuals look suitably retro-tastic. Double Dragon 4 looks like a lot of fun!