Breakneck City is a Gateway to a Whole Slew of Fun Retro Throwbacks

A love letter to the days of 32-bit games!

With Streets of Rage 4 and the new Battletoads game bringing beat ‘em up games back into the mainstream, it's time for more varied games of the genre to take centre stage. If you grew up with the original PlayStation or the Sega Saturn, here’s an arcade brawler for you.

Breakneck City is a beat ‘em up game by Renegade Sector Games. Breakneck City brings late-90s style brawler action to a new generation with its low-poly graphics, pixel art textures and the ability to team up for two-player local co-op play.

Through six punishing levels, players will take on gangs of varied enemy types and tough bosses. Pick up weapons to become even more effective in combat and use the environment to your advantage.

Tales of the Renegade

One thing that stands out about Breakneck City is its low-poly graphics, which are just the right proportion of blockiness. This is accentuated further by its fluorescent “dayglo” colours and textures.

This is the trademark style of one Alec S., who is known on the internet as Renegade Sector Games. This budding auteur keeps this strict aesthetic for their line of “pulp” games that are all a love letter to the 32-bit era.

Renegade Sector Games’ library has been a mainstay on itch.io and Steam, and while they are cheap in price, they certainly are rich in quality and charm. Thanks to a publishing partnership with East Asia Soft, these games are making their way to consoles as well.

Streets of Breakneck

With two female leads to choose from, Sidney Flintlock and Justine Jacobs, players will have to battle the Ultra Gang who have ravaged the pair’s favourite video store. Beat ‘em up stories aren’t usually much, but Breakneck City does keep things really breezy.

Combat is easy enough; players are able to punch and kick their way through a myriad of foes. By flicking the right stick, players are able to dodge and also create a sort of wave dashing effect that is pretty fun to execute.

The game can be tough without a second player, and like most beat ‘em ups, it can be pretty short and lacks extra features. So it’s definitely a one-and-done sort of game, with no point in coming back to it once you’re done.

Pulp Fiction

That said, while you may be done with Breakneck City, there are a ton of other games out there by Renegade Sector Games that we think you should try out. This beat ‘em up serves as a great gateway for more.

Granted, not everybody may appreciate this developer’s blocky visuals and barebones game design, but we have to commend Renegade Sector for the strict adherence to this style and for making it work with each game.

Other titles by Renegade Sector Games cover different kinds of genres. Their upcoming release of Thunder Kid, a homage to Mega Man Legends, is one run-and-guns game fans should look out for.

For more low-poly, pulpy goodness, check out Renegade Sector Games’ Steam and Twitter pages.
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