Foul Play Hits The Stage On PS4, Vita This Spring

By Ryan Winslett 2014-03-06 11:00:45 discussion comments
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Ever wanted to don a mustache and monocle while beating the stuffing out of all manner of hoodlums in front of an audience of cheering, adoring fans? Well that’s exactly the type of experience you can expect out of Foul Play which, according to an announcement from the publishers at Mastertronic and developers at Four Door Lemon and Mediatonic, is now making a beeline for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Originally released for Xbox Live Arcade and PC, Foul Play takes the form of a traditional side-scrolling beat-em-up wrapped in a non-traditional presentation. As an experienced actor, your job is to give the audience a show they’ve never seen. That show just happens to take the form of a royal beatdown, doled out by you and received by all sorts of play extras, including street thugs, ninjas, mermen and the like.

Your role is that of a demon hunter known as Baron Dashforth, a dude who spent his entire life beating the stuffing out of enemies galore. As the narrator tells your tale to the hard-to-please audience, your job is to act out these heroic feats in as flashy a manner as humanly possible, winning over the crowd and doing Dashforth’s legacy justice in the process.

“Thrill the baying audience with your presence,” reads a statement from Mastertronic. “Perform shattering takedowns, throws and reversals so perfect you’d swear they were choreographed backstage. String together awesome attacks as the Baron, or have a friend join as your loyal companion, Scampwick.”

Your travels will take you to stage-accurate recreations of Cairo, Victorian London and even under the sea as your heroic feats take you on a globe-trotting journey of action, adventure, and lots and lots of punching dudes in the face.

As an added bonus for Sony gamers, Foul Play will actually be a cross-play title (no word yet on whether or not cross-buy is part of the equation), meaning you can begin your journey on the PS4, pick up where you left off on the Vita, return to your home console and basically go back and forth between the two until you’re exhausted. The game features new 1080p graphics for this re-launch, as well as new difficulty levels and various other optimisations.

“We love working with Mediatonic,” said Mastertronic’s Andy Payne. “When they gave us the chance to publish the PS4 and Vita version of their quintessentially English game, Foul Play, it was the easiest decision of the year. We can’t wait to unleash this brilliance on the PlayStation community quick sharp.”

If you’re looking for a new and improved way to punch, kick and throw baddies in front of a live studio audience, look for Foul Play this spring on the PS4 and Vita.
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