Soundtrack Saturdays: Double Dragon Neon – Final Palace

Double Dragon was one of the greatest beat’em up games of the late 80s-early 90s. It followed the exploits of Billy and Jimmy Lee as they destroyed their city’s criminal underworld. While not as popular as Final Fight or Streets of Rage, Double Dragon had enough of a following to earn several ports and sequels. The series was thought long dead until Double Dragon Neon was announced in 2012. It captured the best aspects of the beat’em genre: tons of crazy enemies (including a gloriously hammy Skeletor ripoff), flashy moves, responsive controls, and rewarding multiplayer tactics. It also had a small but incredible soundtrack composed by Jake Kaufman; many of the songs parodied the likes of the Beastie Boys, Marvin Gaye, Freddie Mercury, and other iconic music from the time period of the original game. The Final Palace theme is one huge homage to just about every cheesy action/spy movie, and it works perfectly in which the level it’s set.

If you want more Double Dragon Neon, you can find the OST here and on Jake Kaufman’s Bandcamp page.

Good gaming, good music.

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