Catastrophic events with dangerous and far-reaching consequences are a relative rarity these days, but if you look to the world of flash games, they seem to be a commonplace occurrence. Things are simply more entertaining this way since flash games based on everyday activities wouldn't be very much fun at all to play.
The events of Nuclear Justice 2084 couldn't be further from an everyday activity, however, unless your days involve stopping a bunch of prisoners from escaping captivity by using just your bare fists. With a name as cool as Nuclear Justice 2084, would expect nothing less than a hectic and violence-filled experience that involved wave upon wave of enemy about to get their affairs handed to them in a very physical way, and these expectations are gladly met by the game. Prepare for another Berzerk Studio spectacular as you knuckle down for some bare-knuckle fighting in what must be the most overpopulated prison in the world.
In a break from the side-scrolling norm that is often the staple format of beat-em-ups, Nuclear Justice instead has you defending the gate to the prison on the left hand side of the screen by beating up waves of escaping prisoners that approach from the right-hand side. Sadly, your moves a little limited to generic attack keys Z and X, which make your character perform various punches and occasionally some kicks and head-butts. Movement takes place when you use the directional arrows, though I always feel that the classic WASD configuration feels much more natural in beat-em-ups; this is unfortunately not the configuration used here, though Berzerk Studios never allow small setbacks such as this to get in the way of their distinctive style and approach to gaming.
Upgrades are of course on the roster as they are in pretty much every game from Berzerk Studios, and they serve to make things more interesting in the long run. Upgrades to the prison itself can be purchased with money that is dropped when each prisoner is killed, with improvements such as armed guards firing from the mezzanine floor above and puddles of radiation to damage oncoming prisoners making things easier for you. Upgrades to your vitality, strength, and speed are also available for purchase, which all lead to your becoming more effective as a fighter and allowing you to deal with some of the later rounds where the screen gets extremely busy and pretty much every punch that you throw counts.
Anyone that has played a Berzerk Studios game before will also be familiar with the graphics and illustration style of the game and its general look and feel, which is significantly above average in terms of graphics quality and its refined appearance. The fighting itself feels a little awkward however, with a lack of variety in the enemies and some very basic move animations that get a little repetitive and which are far from dynamic in nature and lose out to similar beat-em-up games (Newgrounds Rumble for example) Just a few more injury animations and a change in the way the enemies react to your punches as well as a few more variations in your moves would have made a great improvement to the game, though the different skills activated by using different combinations of the attack buttons are a small step towards the variety of moves expected from a beat-em-up.
A few minor setbacks shouldn't put you off from what is still a distinctly above-average beat-em-up game with hints of tower defense. Nuclear Justice 2084, is very much a winner in terms of its outrageous concept and its challenging nature, and it fits in very well with other games that provide similar types of punch and kick action - www.whackit.co, making it a perfect addition to your fighting game collection.