Funny Games – Preview of Lucha Fury

If the American wrestling is currently enjoying some popularity among youngsters, you should know that one of its derivatives is emerging. Its name is Lucha Libre (free wrestling in Spanish) and is a veritable institution in Mexico. The particularity of Lucha Libre is that fights are much less focused on violence to focus on performance and aerobatics. The other feature is that all the fighters in the ring wear masks hiding their entire face. Summing up: Mexico, masks and a touch of caricature, here comes Lucha Fury!

The four heroes in the game are all specialists in Lucha Libre, we do not know yet their exact names. Our foursome (a fifth will be eventually unlocked) all live together in a landfill in Mexico, drinking their favourite energy drink. Everything was quiet, until the four brave heroes discover that a global conspiracy is to prohibit their definitely loved energy drink. It does not take longer to take to the streets and wrestle with other masked enemies.

In the game world, absolutely everyone is masked. Have you ever fought a masked giant piƱata or a 6 feet tall masked pig? You haven’t seen anything yet! The developers have promised that everything will be done to avoid the pitfall of the traditional beat ’em all: the repetitiveness. And to do that, some enemies will be totally invincible. Like those mariachi that will rise consistently after any move. To get rid of them, you have to be creative.

In Lucha Fury, the cooperation between players is emphasized. For example, with two players on the same screen, it will be possible to perform combos by playing a Keep Away game, tossing the enemy to each other. Or to grab a teammate to make a destructive splash in the midst a group of enemies. These two-player combos are very simple, because the keystrokes are displayed on the screen. Once both players have pressed the keys, the action comes together. Simple, fast and efficient.

But what is even more charming beyond this tantalizing gameplay is the graphics of Lucha Fury. It’s beautiful, colourful, beautifully animated… a real treat for the eyes. Its cartoonish style already places it at the top of the games to be downloaded on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

The game release is scheduled for early next year.