Final Fight (Arcade)
Cody, Guy and Haggar are the playable characters in this classic street brawler. This game defined side scrolling fighting titles back in the early 90â€™s with large detailed sprites and immersive gameplay. The premise is simple â€“ Save Detroit City from the evil gangs within while saving Haggarâ€™s daughter. How? By beating the crap out of anything that moves.
Simple controls such as punch and kick ensured anyone could play and was a hit for Capcom and created many sequels with the latest being a truly awful 3D brawler on the PS2. By pressing both buttons together you would activate a special move, all dependant on which character you chose. Speaking of the characters, they fall into the general stereotype classes such as Guy (speed/weak), Cody (balanced) and Haggar (slow/powerful). With up to two players fighting together, and sometimes against each other, co-operation play was possible and was certainly needed against the later bosses.
The SNES port was one I was highly looking forward to back in the day, however to my dismay it was only singleplayer! The SNES was designed for up to 4 players with a multitap so this confused me greatly as I loved the arcade. There were also quite a few edits due to Nintendo, such as all alcohol referances being replaced and indeed the infamous Poison enemy. Poison was originally a female punk in the game, yet being found to attack and punch a female wasn’t acceptable by Nintendo. So the character sprite was totally changed to a male called Billy. Pretty lame if you ask me!
However there has been many conspiracies that Poison is in fact a transsexual, which then scream of TRAP! Having a male dressed as a female in games and anime is not uncommon (think Bridget in Guilty Gear) yet even the developers was unsure about Poison’s genre. So I shall leave it for you to decide.
Anyone who is into gaming though Iâ€™m sure has played this before or at least know of it and it remains a timeless classic, even to this day.