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One of the Best Side-Scrolling Beat ‘Em Ups Has Just Got a Free Next-Gen Update

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Mayhem Brawler is one of the best games like Streets of Rage available right now. And it’s just got a substantial new update.

With its wonderful art, branching story and unique cast of characters, Mayhem Brawler has all the ingredients of a side-scrolling beat ’em up that you can enjoy playing time and time again. Update 2.2, available now, adds even more variety into the mix thanks to the addition of yet another character to play as. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Titled ‘Witchcraft’, update 2.2 for Mayhem Brawler adds Nora “Alley Witch” Komar to the playable line-up. She already stands out thanks to her speed and agility, but her ability to attack at range makes her even more interesting to go hands-on with. Needless to say, she’s a worthy addition to the game’s roster, offering yet more combo opportunities.

In addition to Nora being made available as a playable character, a new mode has also been introduced to Mayhem Brawler. In Boss Mayhem, players will face off against the game’s bosses, one by one. It’s essentially a boss rush mode, then, and while it’s hardly original, it’s still very welcome. Even more so when you consider that this new mode, additional character and various gameplay tweaks and further balancing are all being delivered for free.

The final bit of good news is that the game is now also available on next-gen consoles. That means that Mayhem Brawler is now available on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S as well as PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. For those that have already bought the game on PS4 or Xbox One, a free upgrade is available, too. So, one of the best side-scrolling beat ’em ups you can play right now has just got better, and is available on more formats. Make sure you give it a try.

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Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!