Hello, I’m Bannon Rudis. I’m one of many administrators over at WayForward. WayForward does these Shantae and River Metropolis Women video games, amongst many different issues. I’ve personally been making River Metropolis video games for nearly a decade now alongside Arc System Works. I began by reverse-engineering River Metropolis sprites and animations and making an attempt my hardest to determine how one can animate. This pushed me in direction of my path of recreation improvement. However I do know you aren’t right here for me. Marian, one of many new playable characters in River Metropolis Women 2, is the primary attraction of this text, so let’s bounce proper into it.
Marian has a protracted and storied profession as a damsel in misery. For a lot of many years she was both publicly assaulted on the streets, kidnapped by a shadowy gang of criminals, held hostage in alternate for magical stones, or straight up gunned down (although she was later resurrected). For sure, she’s had it fairly tough. Oh yeah, I nearly forgot to say that her mates, Billy and Jimmy, fought to the loss of life over who acquired up to now her. It’s a bit a lot.
Marian’s last manufacturing artwork, together with idea artwork exhibiting her heavy-hitting strikes in motion.
Occasions have modified and so has Marian. Not is she the helpless sufferer to those avenue thugs, villains, and maniacal skeleton wizards. Through the years, Marian has skilled her physique to reject the form of bodily and psychological abuse she has unwillingly acquired over the previous a number of many years. Unsolicited punches to her intestine had been merely a faint reminiscence of the previous Marian.
Two of Marian’s many expressions. One thing mysterious appears to be afoot!
Marian discovered the methods of boxing and wrestling. She didn’t need to be pigeonholed because the “sluggish however highly effective wrestler” sort. Her fast barrage of punches and grappling strikes makes her a really distinctive fighter, however on the similar time very acquainted.
That is Marian as she appeared within the first River Metropolis Women. By in style demand, she’s grown from humble shopkeeper into playable character in RCG2!
Marian’s present River Metropolis Women design confirmed up within the first River Metropolis Women recreation in 2019. Gamers and followers of the collection immediately gravitated in direction of this new interpretation of Marian. She was a fan favourite and the plain selection for one of many new playable characters within the sequel. Marian additionally bridges the narrowing hole between the Double Dragon and River Metropolis collection. We ran this by Arc System Works, who’re the license holders, and so they had been very a lot on board with the choice.
A frame-by-frame exploration of one among Marian’s mighty strikes, the KO Cutter!
Regardless that she is a grappler, she isn’t essentially slower than different characters and she or he has numerous strikes that makes her extremely versatile. She is the one playable character that has command grabs. These strikes are nice for doing harm to a single enemy, plus in addition they have loads of splash harm to take out a crowd close to her.
Marian unleashes a combo that launches her enemy into the air, then drives him again to Earth with the Air Pancake.
She additionally has some high-flying strikes that may assist launch her right into a crowd of enemies from above utilizing her Social gathering Crasher Transfer. This transfer can rapidly launch her ahead to get the drop on enemies which are distant, or be used as an anti-air spinning assault, or when you wait till the final second as she stops spinning, you possibly can drop her Elbow Piston particular air assault on unsuspecting foes under her.
One other particular is a command seize that solely works if she is in between two enemies in vary. The Thoughts Meld is finished by Marian grabbing an enemy on either side of her and smashing them face first into one another. If she makes use of the transfer on a single enemy, she is going to as an alternative Irish Whip them (that foolish transfer in pro-wrestling the place an opponent can’t cease operating after being pushed into the ropes). This may permit Marian to assault them whereas they’re susceptible.
Marian proves that two heads are higher than one with the skull-splitting Thoughts Meld, adopted by the KO Cutter!
And eventually, there’s her KO Cutter. This transfer is a dashing straight punch that may take out a number of enemies in entrance of her. Or, when you time it proper, the transfer might be charged by holding down the Particular button till it’s mechanically unleashed. This may do extra harm and have the additional advantage of bouncing enemies off partitions again to you.
One other helpful transfer in Marian’s arsenal is the Carousel Toss, which not solely damages the thrown enemy, but in addition any foes unfortunate sufficient to get in the best way!
Marian could be very totally different from the opposite playable characters within the recreation, however she must be straightforward sufficient for anybody to select up and really feel comfy with instantly. Each our new characters, Marian and Provie, had been such enjoyable characters to play as that it made me personally really feel the unique characters wanted an overhaul to their playstyle so they may sustain with how cool the newcomers are. I hope you get pleasure from enjoying as Marian, Provie, and our returning characters (who all acquired a glow up within the sequel) as a lot as we do when it arrives on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.