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Final Fight: Double Impact Review
22 July 2010
Excerpt: Final Fight: Double Impact's release on XBLA and PSN this week is well timed. As hype for Super Street Fighter IV reaches fever pitch, interest in the classic two-player co-op side-scrolling beat-em-up has never been higher. Super's packed with Final Fight fan service. It's got two characters from Final Fight: Cody and Guy (whose target combo is an exact replica of his main combo from Final Fight), and a Metro City stage.
Summary: Final Fight Double Impact brings together the original Final Fight and Magic Sword arcade games - not two Final Fight s as the title implies. Both come with online multiplayer and an in-game arcade motif that comes closer than ever to visually recreating an arcade cabinet on-screen. Now, Capcom’s legendary beat-em-up makes its 360 debut, as does Magic Sword, a lesser-known hack-and-slash game akin to the Ghouls ‘n Goblins series with a bit of platforming thrown in.
Conclusion: Final Fight: Double Impact is a very good port of two classic games by Capcom for next gen consoles. The added online feature lets you play with the world is a welcome addition to the original game. The graphics and music are old school and are preserved through the transitioning of these titles to next generation platforms. The lack of a harder difficulty and the unlimited continues makes the game a bit easier then it would have been if you played it back on the arcade.
Pros: Final Fight remains an immensely satisfying brawler, Magic Sword is a fun, fast-paced side-scrolling action game, Authentic arcade presentation, Smart implementation of challenges adds goals and replay value
Cons: Outdated gameplay and visuals, It only takes an hour or two to complete both games
Conclusion: The biggest complaint that can be leveled at Double Impact is that these games show their age, both in terms of their visuals and their old-fashioned gameplay mechanics. But while there's no denying that the heyday of the side-scrolling arcade game has come and gone, Final Fight and Magic Sword are more than just museum pieces. The level of craft that went into the making of these games has stood the test of time and makes them enjoyable today.
Pros: Final Fight remains an immensely satisfying brawler, Magic Sword is a fun, fast-paced side-scrolling action game, Authentic arcade presentation, Smart implementation of challenges adds goals and replay value.
Cons: Outdated gameplay and visuals, It only takes an hour or two to complete both games.
Summary: In Final Fight: Double Impact, two Capcom arcade classics are repackaged together with a host of extras, options and a heaping dose of nostalgia. There may not be much "new" content here, but there's still plenty to keep retro game fans occupied for hours.
Pros: Two complete Capcom classics at one low price, Tons of options and bonus material, Drop-in online multiplayer
Cons: Can't pause an online game, Both games are rather short, No truly new material
Conclusion: Final Fight: Double Impact does a great job of revitalizing two classics and making them relevant and enjoyable all over again with remastered visuals, audio, and the inclusion of online play.
Conclusion: For those with fond memories of whittling time and money away in the arcades, Final Fight Double Impact is well worth a look. The rest of the world will still find something to enjoy, as even though these offerings have aged to the point where few teenagers will look twice, there’s still a good deal of charm that exudes as you punch, spin and slash your way to victory – just don’t expect it to last for longer than a few hours.