Russian game developer Narko Games are looking to bring back the 3D beat-’em-up genre that has been left dormant for so many years. Games like Fighting Force, Wu-Tang Shaolin Style, Hybrid Heaven and Gekido helped shape the 3D beat-’em-up genre way back in the 32-bit and 64-bit gaming days, but the sub-genre has mostly died off since then, with only a few notable games popping up along the way, such as The Warriors and the Senran Kagura games to a lesser extent.
Narko Games hopes to give gamers a more well-rounded martial arts experience with the physics-based beat-’em-up game, Karma Bullet Heritage 2.
Much like every other game set or themed around Russia, such as Mother Russia Bleeds or Bloodbath Kavkaz, the plot of Karma Bullet Heritage 2 is based on a badass named Kame Poole looking for work only to find himself mired in Russian corruption and drug dealers. The company he attempts to work for only sells drugs to children, so he decides to unleash his rage by destroying the whole company.
The plot is about as thick as a 1980’s arcade game, and it’s obviously not the reason anyone is going to want to play the game, but the gameplay actually looks kind of solid. You can check it out below via the official launch trailer.
There are some obvious glitches here and there, and the physics for the furniture is about as floaty as a helium balloon on a breezy fall day, but the core fighting animations look pretty solid. You can make out the kicks and punches, and some of the grabs are executed with enough clarity so as to look satisfying enough for those of you out there in desperate need of a 3D beat-’em-up game.
I don’t know if this is the sort of game where you could squeeze four to six hours out of it, but it looks solid enough for a couple of hours of bare-knuckle, hard-hitting, unabashed brawling.
I think one of the major deciding factors for a game like this will be with its price. It kind of looks like a game that heavily relies on asset store prefabs, but if the gameplay holds up then I could easily see it gathering a small niche audience at the $9.99 price point.
You can look for Kama Bullet Heritage 2 to launch on April 18th over on the Steam store.