Final Fight

Born in 1989

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  • Capcom

  • FormatArcade & Video Game
  • TypeBeat em' up
  • SystemArcade

Back in my school days we had a taxi rank which a few of the kids would visit before and after school to play the Double Dragon arcade machine they had in there, this was pretty much king of the beat-em-up's until Final Fight arrived.

The Mad Gear gang want to take back control of Metro City and kidnap the Mayor's daughter JessicaDarren Browne

We had a travelling fair that used to visit once a year with the main highlight for most of us was what new arcade machines it would have and it was there that I first played Final Fight. The first thing that got my attention was the size of the characters - they were huge and the bosses even bigger! Then there were the attack moves - so many variations of combos and weapons with each character fighting in their own style. Compared to Double Dragon it was like dropping a breeze block on a grape - completely crushing all beat-em-up's that had gone before and set a new benchmark for anything that wanted to follow. It's influence on Sega's Streets of Rage series is evident everywhere you turn and is testament to how good this game is that it still compares favourably to a game released 3 years later.

The Mad Gear gang want to take back control of Metro City and kidnap the Mayor's daughter Jessica. Playing as one of 3 characters; Mayor Mike Haggar - an ex-Street Fighter and wrestler, Cody - Jessica's boyfriend and a martial arts expert or Guy - a friend of Cody and Jessica's and an expert in ninjitsu, you attempt to rescue Jessica by beating up everyone in your way as you walk through various locations in Metro City.

Although released in 1989 I was playing this game around 1990 or '91; the rise of videogame consoles in the UK led to C+VG magazine creating Mean Machines and the new Sega Megadrive had launched in Japan and every games mag did their best to cover it. As far as music went, Manchester was where it was at with The Stone Roses leading the 'Madchester' movement and as a Manchester United supporter this year stands out as the one in which Sir Alex Ferguson won his first trophy. Not a bad year at all for a 13 year old!

Review by Darren Browne 

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Final Fight (Arcade) - Metro City Slums Music

  • Capcom

  • FormatArcade & Video Game
  • TypeBeat em' up
  • SystemArcade

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