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If Way of The Passive Fist were a true brawler in the vein of Streets of Rage, I would forgive people for being disappointed in it. Taken at face value, it doesn’t quite live up to the heady standards set by the likes of Konami, Capcom and SNK back in the day.
It’s a good thing, then, that under the familiar 90s arcade facade lies a satisfying game of memorization and rhythm that (while not without issue) makes for a very respectable debut title from new studio Household Games. It’s out today, and here’s Wot I Thunk of it.
Duffing up baddies in a side-scrolling beat ’em up usually involves chainwhips, repeated blows by a blur of fists, jumpkicks, and at least one special move that’s basically just shouting. Way Of The Passive Fist is not that sort of beat ’em up. Instead, it wants us to carefully dodge, parry blows, and tire enemies out until we can knock them down with a single cheeky poke. Having button-mashed through a fair few beat ’em ups, I’m well up for a little more caution and thought. I don’t have long to wait, as the developers have announced Way Of The Passive Fist will arrive on March 6. Here, watch this: (more…)