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  • Summary: The River City Girls are ready for round 2! When an old foe resurfaces, Misako, Kyoko, Kunio, and Riki - joined by newcomers Marian and Provie - hit the streets for an all-new beat-'em-up adventure packed with new abilities, enemies, environments, and more!

    Team up for local or online
    The River City Girls are ready for round 2! When an old foe resurfaces, Misako, Kyoko, Kunio, and Riki - joined by newcomers Marian and Provie - hit the streets for an all-new beat-'em-up adventure packed with new abilities, enemies, environments, and more!

    Team up for local or online co-op, then pound punks into the dirt with brand-new guard-crush attacks, lift-off combos, double-team maneuvers, and other knuckle-busting techniques!

    Level-up to earn new moves, buy items and accessories in more than 30 shops, and recruit defeated foes and hired heavies to help you on your way!

    River City is bigger than ever, with more locations to explore, more objects to destroy, and a day-night cycle! With nonlinear gameplay, a dynamic story system, and another epic soundtrack by Megan McDuffee, River City Girls 2 will keep you brawling until all your enemies yell "BARF!"
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Starbit
    Jan 13, 2023
    90
    Its additions make what was an already slick and fun experience even better, and the open world maps now bring a dimension of exploration, which coupled with a gorgeous visual environment, a very fitting soundtrack, and a finely executed co-op multiplayer all contribute to make River City Girls 2 a bright gem in the Nintendo Switch catalogue.
  2. Atomix
    Dec 24, 2022
    90
    Despite not being the expected genre revolution, River City Girls 2 is a fantastic sequel. WayForward improves every element possible, and pays homage to Kunio-kun's legacy.
  3. Hobby Consolas
    Dec 13, 2022
    84
    Changes here and there make this new installment feel fresh and atractive. Long exploration may not appeal some gamers, but the rest will feel the joy of pixel-art.
  4. GamingTrend
    Dec 13, 2022
    80
    If you're a fan of beat em up games and the first River City game you'll most likely enjoy River City Girls 2 and all if not, you will still enjoy the game if you can ignore its few annoyances.
  5. The Mako Reactor
    Dec 15, 2022
    75
    River City Girls 2 should've been a slam dunk release by building on the excellent original and supporting online multiplayer with cross platform play, but it is held back by the gameplay feeling sluggish compared to the original thanks to a lower frame rate target. The music, voice acting, and boss fights are excellent though. Hopefully the performance can be addressed in future updates.
  6. TouchArcade
    Jan 3, 2023
    70
    River City Girls 2 is more River City Girls, with all the good and bad that implies. The expanded playable roster and some minor gameplay tweaks are appreciated, along with the ability to play with others online, but so much here is the same that you probably don’t even need to read a review to know if you’ll like it or not. Want another reason to stomp around River City with Misako and Kyoko? Here it is. Looking for the next great brawler after Shredder’s Revenge? You’ll have to keep waiting.
  7. Hey Poor Player
    Dec 13, 2022
    60
    River City Girls 2?does a lot right. With fantastic presentation, an incredibly exciting soundtrack, and tons of creativity and variety, all of the elements are here for a classic beat ‘em up. Poor performance, though, really brings the experience down, being an almost constant thorn in your side. It’s by no means unplayable, and I still had a fair amount of fun along the way, but this feels like a game that wasn’t ready to release yet. Hopefully, after a few patches, we’ll be talking about it being the great game it could be, but for now, know what you’re getting yourself into.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Dec 30, 2022
    9
    Really fun beat em up game that's just a better version of of the first game in the best ways. The multiplayer aspect is what really brings itReally fun beat em up game that's just a better version of of the first game in the best ways. The multiplayer aspect is what really brings it up a notch but I feel like that's most games in this genre. Game controls similar to the first but just a little better that helps you feel more control of the character you're playing. If you like beat em up games I definitely reccomend it! Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2022
    8
    one of the best beatemup series period. If you’re a fan of beatemups river city girls is definitely top tier.
  3. Dec 21, 2022
    7
    I thought the first game was awesome and a breath of fresh air. I’m not a big beat ’em up-fan, but RCG reinvented the genre and made it muchI thought the first game was awesome and a breath of fresh air. I’m not a big beat ’em up-fan, but RCG reinvented the genre and made it much less repetitive.

    Part Deux as it were is more than anything more of the same, which is fine. I feel generally that the quality is less inspired than in the first one over the board. The biggest problems are the much lower framerate and the long loading times. Going from a smooth 60 fps to 30 is a considerable downgrade. I can’t for the life of me understand why this was done though, this is a pixel art game, same goes for the loading times. I seriously doubt this is something a patch can fix. Highly suspect it’s poor optimization which would be tied to the source code.

    Here are some other improvements I’d like to see:

    * A reworked map. You have to look at the map a lot, there really should be a mini map on the HUD. And often the map does not correspond to how the game works. There will be an exit to the side when it’s actually on top etc.

    * A cancel button. When doing the ”combos” by repeatedly pressing punch, you can often tell that you are going to get hit long before it happens.

    I loved the music in the first game and listened to it long after I had stopped playing the game. There is nothing wrong with the music in RCG 2, but it doesn’t have the banger factor that the first one had.

    It’s nice with new characters, but I would’ve liked at least one more womanly character. The ones we got now are both butch. Bosses are fine but they are more about dodging and getting your pot shots in, than a straight up fist fight. If you liked the first one definitely check RCG 2 out.
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  4. Jan 14, 2023
    0
    It's so boring and slow. There is no reason to play this game over Castle Crashers.
  5. Jan 24, 2023
    0
    Enemies are hard and the action is not exhilarating.
    Too much loading.
    Characters are not attractive. Character designs are too different
    Enemies are hard and the action is not exhilarating.
    Too much loading.
    Characters are not attractive. Character designs are too different from the past.
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  6. Dec 17, 2022
    0
    Game is fun and soundtrack is incredible. The problem is that the open world is so bad on this kind of games. We are litteraly walking betweenGame is fun and soundtrack is incredible. The problem is that the open world is so bad on this kind of games. We are litteraly walking between zones for 5 min after each missions, plus the low framerate and load screes its so horrible.
    You too should focus on the main game and dont make any secondary missions, they are a lose of time to do.
    And idk why but we oneshoted the final boss even when we didnt do any secondary mission
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