Divekick is a joy to behold, to witness, and to scream at your friend/unlucky victim as you’ve just summoned a black hole, using the gravitational forces it to propel your foot into their face. And if that doesn’t pique your interest in the slightest, you’re dead inside.
The game offers you probably the most simple control scheme of all time, simply featuring just two buttons that are user defined; One for Dive, the other for Kick. Your mission, to skilfully combine your techniques with the aim of kicking your opponent. Kick them anywhere once, you score a round. First to five rounds win. Manage to kick them in the head, they get stunned for a short time in the next round. Depth is added with special abilities, which vary amongst the 14 strong roster. If by now you haven’t gathered that the game doesn’t take itself seriously, just glancing at the character list will help. Characters include Uncle Senei, Johnny Gat (from Saints Row 4 fame), and Redacted, who used to be known as Wolverine before obvious legal reasons required his name to be changed.
This is only further emphasised by the Japanese accent placed on all the menu dialogue, which is awesome and awful in equal measure. With “Select your Duds” shouted out every time you choose your character, you can’t help but smile. Aside from that, audio is somewhat unspectacular, but that’s neither here nor there. The gameplay, and subsequent enjoyment, is the only thing that matters. This game demands to be taken at face value, never pretending to be anything it’s not, and is all the better for it. Story modes flesh out the ridiculous characters and guarantee’s a few laughs along the way. Online multiplayer is competent enough, but still lacks the same je ne sais quoi that sitting on a couch and giving Local Multiplayer a bash does.
Everyone needs to experience something like this once in a while.
@The_Dark_Mike I can get behind this movement.
— Nick Hanchet (@NickHanchet) March 11, 2015