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CutHimUp is, without a doubt, the most angry Streets of Rage clone that I have ever played. The whole concept of the game, along with the graphics that power the experience, are gruesome and bloody. The game just oozes violence.
Violence itself though does not make a great game, great game mechanics do. You can throw all of the sexy black and white, Sin City style graphics at me you want, but deep down, I know that I'm just playing Streets of Rage. The game revolves around walking around the screen ruthlessly beating people up. Along the way you get health and adrenaline, as well as some extra weapons to use (the chainsaw is pretty amazing), but most of the game boils down to button mashing and occasionally using the right button combination to perform a combo.
There are also the same pitfalls in this one that occur in an average side scrolling fighter too. For one, you have to be directly even with a bad guy to hit him. Too far up or too far down, the leeway isn't that large, and he is home free. Another major issue is the collision detection which makes enemies un-hittable if they are too close. You almost have to develop a striking sweet spot to get some hits in, but when enemies start swarming it becomes a button mash fest.
If the genre, with all of its pitfalls, excites you though, there is plenty to like about CutHimUp. The story is intriguing, the characters are all sinister, and there is oh so much blood. Every enemy you kill leaves a pile of it flying through the black and white game, and it looks oh so good. I really would prefer a more freestyle fighting system, maybe where the "hero" could swing a bit to the left and right to hit an enemy, but I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too.
For those of you looking for a violence fueled bloody mess, CutHimUp is your meal ticket.