Streets of Rage 4 Mr. X Nightmare DLC Review
The long-awaited DLC for Streets of Rage 4 finally hit the digital stores. The Mr. X Nightmare DLC promises new features, characters, and new abilities. Let’s check this out.
Mr. X Nightmare begins:
Streets of Rage 4 was a long wished for title that finally came out last year and being that we are now one year since its release. Many gamers were already in talks for other characters to be added and some other features. Mr. X Nightmare gives us a new Survival simulator where we can unlock new abilities for all the characters in the game.
If you didn’t know not only did we have the base case for part 4 of Axel, Blaze, Cherry, Adam, and Floyd. But, once you beat the game with any of the characters you can unlock the classic characters from Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3. Within the Simulation to max out all of the rewards you will have to reach past level 30. There are four bars for each character and as you rise in stages they will become difficult.
The unique part about this survival mode is the perks you can acquire after defeating each level. They also stack, so keep that in mind when picking them up. Some give you full advantages and others with punishment with the advantage. I suggest looking for all the elemental power-ups like toxic, flame, and electric. The survival mode will keep going, so try to get the best score possible.
New Characters to enjoy:
The main 3 boss characters were neither good nor bad or were manipulated. Estel, Max, and Shiva are the new characters you can play as. The best out of the 3 is Shiva who surprisingly didn’t get nerfed too bad as a boss character made playable. His move sets are quite fast and easy to combo into. He has the flaw of not being able to pick up weapons, but can combo into them by throwing objects that he hits back and forth at enemies. Keep the juggle going until the weapon completely breaks.
Estel joins the ranks with her tactical fighting style. She has the classic super ability that was famed in Streets of Rage 1 calling in police back up. As I unlocked a few of her abilities, you start to get that brawler sense from Estel. She has a charge attack where she pummels her enemies into the ground. This is executed when pressing the Y button as she runs and charges into enemies which can knock them back. What was taken away is her ability to throw grenades freely which I know that would have made a big advantage. However, it is still frustrating when Boss characters get nerfed to a certain degree.
When it comes to Max, he is your usual powerhouse. He is the wrestler type with a lightning smash special ability. It all comes full circle as you take them into the simulator to unlock more abilities. Max is a bit on the short-range with his basic attack where I tend to have to hit forward 2x and X. he does a slide move that will barrel down anyone in front of him. Between Max and Floyd, Max is the slower bigger character that makes it a bit frustrating. Max has always been a stiff character to use and sadly using my power attacks that give him the speed I need is a bit risky.
As an added bonus, you can unlock Roo/Vickty. Yea, the DLC brings in a secret option to play Streets of Rage 3 Roo which is a downer honestly because I wanted to play the new version. Holding the UP and Attack button at the same time while hovering over the story option is the key to unlock Roo. He plays just as I remember with the added bonus of having Bruce his evil trainer as an unlockable A.I. character when you hit the Star power. Kind of a slap in the pouch, but I guess I can take it.
Still not perfect:
There were a lot of additions to Mr. X Nightmare with new color palettes for all the players, movesets, and modes. However, we as gamers were expecting the developers to open up a 4-player online co-op as well. As of right now, we still only have 2 players online and 3 to 4 players couch co-op.
Honestly, the game came out during the Pandemic so having that feature locked to couch co-op is kind of sad. I don’t mind using Parsec, but as I also stated with the achievements mostly focusing on solo play. Should have the co-op online open to all 4. Most beat’em ups like the Ninja Turtles games or the 4-player online co-op Power Rangers beat’em up have the feature. Just open it up already.
Again, even though you can go old school with unlocking Roo, but why not just give us the new version as well in the DLC. He is literally right there in the bar cleaning a glass. That feels like such a tease.
Streets of Rage 4 Mr. X Nightmare DLC is not bad, especially since I bought it on steam for a bit over six dollars. It adds more replay value, but again 4 player online co-op should be opened already. All the new characters and features give an advantage to players that want to get creative with their combos.
In that, Mr. X Nightmare DLC gets 4 out of 5 paws. Check it out now which is available on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam via PC. – Beast Out –