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Brawl with punks and save your boyfriend in River City Girls, out now

River City Girls is an old-school beat 'em up in which you and your high school best friend battle the cities' villains to save your kidnapped boyfriends, the two rouges from NES classic River City Ransom. It's also out now.

River City Girls includes local co-op—no online, unfortunately—and WayForward has added comic book layouts and anime-style cut scenes to bring the style forward. Though the developer has switched things up and given the baseball bats and knuckle dusters to the girls, the game’s Steam description says that some classic River City characters will be hanging out around town as well. 

River City Girls has been fairly well-received on Steam so far, with 'mostly positive' user reviews. Two common complaints are the lack of control rebinding and the voice acting. It's true the controls aren't editable (the menu option only displays them), though the voice acting is in the style of an anime dub, and based on a few minutes with it, isn't the disaster some make it out to be.

River City Girls is out on Steam for £24/$30. 

Rachel Watts

Rachel had been bouncing around different gaming websites as a freelancer and staff writer for three years before settling at PC Gamer back in 2019. She mainly writes reviews, previews, and features, but on rare occasions will switch it up with news and guides. When she's not taking hundreds of screenshots of the latest indie darling, you can find her nurturing her parsnip empire in Stardew Valley and planning an axolotl uprising in Minecraft. She loves 'stop and smell the roses' games—her proudest gaming moment being the one time she kept her virtual potted plants alive for over a year.