Britsoft publisher Empire Interactive has seemingly come from out of nowhere to become one of the new Xbox Live Arcade surprise powerhouses ? what with the arcade conversion of Double Dragon
going live on XBLA today, and this week?s announcement that they plan to bring the Bitmap Brothers? Amiga classic, Speedball 2
to XBLA at some point in the future. More on that one later today.
In the meantime, Double Dragon
will set you back 400 Microsoft points (£3.40) or, if you need reminding whether or not you fancy spunking a few quid on this classic side-scrolling beat-?em-up from way back in ancient history (1987), you can try out the free demo version.
Microsoft?s press bumpf just in reminds us that, ?Double Dragon
is the story of Billy and Jimmy Lee, twin brothers who learned to fight on the cold, tough streets of their city. Their expert knowledge of the ancient martial art of Sou-Setsu-Ken, combined with their streetwise outlook, means that they?re two of the most formidable combatants ever to walk the streets. Billy and Jimmy will use their feet, fists, elbows and whatever weapons come to hand to defeat the gang that kidnapped Billy?s girlfriend.?
One of the game?s greatest features (or 'USPs' in today-speak) was the collaborative two-player play option, which you can play in this version, either over Live or with actual real-people in the flesh
in the privacy of your own hovel.
The game also features some pretty low-value ?extras? such as ?a look at the original Japanese and U.S. Double Dragon
sales fliers? ? which, SPOnG imagines, will only be interesting for around four to five seconds to even the most hardcore fan.