Developing DLC for games that entirely revolve around its mechanics has to be a tough effort. How do you create something that people are willing to pay without making it feel like the same ol’ thing they’ve been playing? Mr. X Nightmare answers that question and over-delivers.
Mr. X Nightmare comes with a new mode called Survival, three new characters, who are all bosses in the game, new moves for nearly every character, including the pixel fighters, a tutorial mode to help you acclimate to the new moves or even learn the greater depths of the game, new stages and new enemies (some from past games), and a fantastic new suite of music composed by Tee Lopes. This isn’t about quantity, though, this is about quality. For a DLC that costs less than half of what the base game costs, I have already spent enough time on this DLC to match what I’ve played of the base game.
Here’s my full review of Mr. X Nightmare, the DLC for Streets of Rage 4.
Anthony Shelton hosts and produces the Gaming Trend podcast and creates opinion videos occasionally on YouTube. He carries some of the strongest opinions among the staff and is generally harder to impress. But if impressed, he sings developers' praises just as loudly. He typically plays everything except horror and most RTS, but genres he gravitates towards are platformers, FPS, racing, roguelikes, fighting, and loot-based games. He has quit Twitter and uses Threads. Follow him at iamashelton.
Streets of Rage 4
Mr. X Nightmare is a quality addition to an already quality game. You can feel the care taken to bring in the new characters without wrecking the balance of the game, the fantastic soundtrack, and a great new mode that’s positively addicting and well-made.