Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XBSX, NS
Multiplayer: 2 Players Online, 4 Players Local
Version Played: PC
The River City Girls series stands out from the pack by doing something different. Like the River City Ransom games it's inspired by, River City Girls is basically a Beat 'em Up RPG. It has a big focus on characters and story, and it's full of classic RPG elements, like quests, stats, and even branching paths. I wouldn't say RCG2 is quite an Open World Beat 'em Up yet, but it's kind of leaning in that direction.
River City Girls 2 picks up right where the first game left off. Like, literally with Sabuko flying out the window. They go with the revised “happy” ending, by the way. What about River City Girls Zero? I guess it's not canon. The events of that game are never mentioned, and Misako and Kyoko don't seem to recognize anyone from it. I guess it's just there to give us a little backstory and introduce Sabuko's brother and father, Ken and Sabu, who are the main villains of RCG2. They're out to get revenge on Kyoko and Misako for throwing Sabuko out a window in the first game by taking over the city.
The voice acting is just as witty and funny as in the first game, and I really enjoyed it, but I was disappointed to see that the characters don't have unique lines. You can pick the other character you talk to during dialogue sequences, but everyone just says the same thing Misako and Kyoko say. It gets especially silly when they start talking about themselves in third person.