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Have You Played... Action Doom 2: Urban Brawl?

A beat 'em up in Doom

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

With an army of palleteswapped streetpunks, health-restoring food hidden in trash cans, fragile melee weapons, rare firearms, and cheery electronic music, Action Doom 2: Urban Brawl [official site] is the finest Streets of Rage homage beat 'em up I've played in years. Even more impressive is that the free game does this from a first-person perspective in a modified version of the Doom engine.

The combat's simple, but that's Streets of Rage for you. Punch, side-step, backpedal, and grab whatever weapons you can find, including the usual selection of knives, pipes, broken bottles, and boards with a nail driven through. Everything works as you'd expect, and at first it's simply delightful to discover that. Even the way enemies bounce when dying is right. Zeno Clash a few years later would do first-person beating with advanced moves like counter-attacks, but this is straight-up arcade action.

It also has a branching story with different endings. Oh, the story's some generic thing about a drunk, disgraced, slur-spitting ex-cop out to rescue his daughter, but I cheated my way around a bit after finishing it and was surprised to discover bits I'd never seen. That's nice, that.

Action Doom 2 is a free standalone download. And no, it's no relation to Action Quake 2 and whatnot.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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