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Mini Review: Ganryu 2 (PS4) – A Brutal Tribute to Retro Side-Scrolling Action

Die by the sword.

Ganryu 2 is an often brutally tough side-scrolling action title — the kind of game that harkens back to a simpler time when we’d be willing to smash our head off the hardest of challenges over and over again because we didn’t know any better. And in that sense, this is a truly faithful sequel to the original Ganryu, which released for the Neo Geo all the way back in 1999. Simply put, they rarely make ’em like this anymore.

Ganryu 2’s commitment to its retro roots is both refreshing and frustrating. Players who relish mastery through repetition will no doubt love what the game has to offer, as you’re pretty much forced to memorise the ebb and flow of each level before finally claiming victory. But there’s also no getting away from the fact that Ganryu 2 is stuffed with cheap deaths. From enemies that appear with no warning to platforming sections that are almost pure trial and error, this sequel is sure to test your patience every now and then.

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