“Fist Up! Beat Down Time!”
- Management: PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4
- Publisher: polite game
- Developer: jacob dzvinel
- Release Date: 23 August 2022
Games have evolved far beyond the time of Streets of Rage or Final Fight. With recent titles such as SIFU, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and River City Girls in the past decade, the beat ’em up genre has evolved beyond just one-button strikes and pushing instructions to “escape” from a forward kick which Will send you into a wall. Midnight Fight Express is a recently released beat ’em up genre and we were so excited when we first saw the trailer and couldn’t wait to play it ourselves! Well, the time has come and we’ve spent some time on Midnight Fight Express and we have a lot to say about it in Honey’s anime. Here is our review of Midnight Fight Express for PC!
Midnight Fight Express doesn’t waste time with a long opening story or setup. You are put in the role of a sleeper agent who must use your special fighting skills to bring down a group of baddies rising in the city. Midnight Fight Express isn’t trying to be a dark story with many layers, it’s evident from its customizable characters and action-themed opening.
Why this easy setup works Midnight Fight Express is accessible to everyone. There are several difficulty levels that will definitely test you if you want a really old school feel or become a literal killing machine and barely take any damage. Accessibility is important in a genre like this because not everyone wants SIFU level technology in their action brawl experience; Some want a simple design and Midnight Fight Express delivers.
While it may not be a one-button title, Midnight Fight Express isn’t exactly a complicated game to play. You have a light/heavy attack that can be alternated depending on how hard you hold the attack button, a guard move that can allow counters, a dodge to unblockable attacks , and various upgrades to add to your fighter’s abilities. Midnight Fight Express gives you frequent upgrade points when you beat a level – of which there are 40 – allowing you to experience the transformation of your character into a true walking, fighting machine! The levels also won’t be overly complicated or prompt you to perform extreme moves, but they do have neat little themes like jumping off rooftops or dodging helicopter bullets while battling enemies called “bozos.” Midnight Fight Express is a lot of fun and easy enough to understand – especially if you’ve played a Batman game of late – which made us smile as we started watching our little skills develop after a few hours.
Take your best pair of headphones and amplify the sound! The soundtrack of Midnight Fight Express is perfect and you’ll want to hear it all. Midnight Fight Express has a huge OST full of different melodies that perfectly fit the theme of every level. We rarely found a song that we didn’t like, and sometimes we would waste a little too much time trying to figure out every little thing on a level just to keep the tunes playing.
Well, it looks like Midnight Fight Express is perfect but we have one issue with the game and that is the visuals. The character models and levels look extremely dated and can be a bit distracting when the game focuses on the story or zooms in for maximum effect. Your character model sometimes looks like a 3D-printed object and that’s why we found ourselves quickly adapting it to look at least somewhat cool. Midnight Fight Express luckily doesn’t live and breathe the visuals, but we’re sure many people will be wronged by the way the title looks and that’s a bit of a shame.