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By Spencer . February 4, 2009 . 11:24am
Tokyo Beat Down won’t be alone. Namco Bandai has a 2.5D beat ‘em up of their own in development by Blitz Arcade for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Haven’t heard of the team? They made Powerup Forever and Sneak King.
Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao has a kung fu movie theme where players control Han Tao, General of a Thousand Victories, on his quest to track down the stolen Sacred Star. As a martial arts master Han Tao uses his fists and feet to pummel his way through warriors living and undead. A meter at the top of the screen charges up with each hit and lets Han Tao use more powerful zen moves.
All of this sounds basic, but then again the beat ‘em up genre is as elementary as you can get. These kinds of games can be pretty fun to play with a friend. Thankfully, Namco Bandai included co-op play. There are also online leaderboards for players to send their scores too and the screenshots show some kind of point multiplier. Actually, after looking at the screenshots I think Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao would be better received if it had gorgeous 2D sprites instead of 3D graphics. The style and character models just look so bland with the exception of the grainy film filter.
Images courtesy of Namco Bandai.