Excerpt: We sometimes wonder if it’s fashionable to attack a game that contains immature profanity. It’s certainly correct to think that such unnecessary language isn‘t a requirement, although if it attracts the buyers then who can blame the publishers. To return to our original point, Final Fight: Streetwise has been slated excessively, and we feel that it has been an undeserved mauling.
Excerpt: This is not the Final Fight your father remembers or the game you remember as a young whipper snapper. It's not a game that anyone will want to remember. The only real similarity Final Fight: Streetwise has to the classic brawler is the name on the front of the box. It's good that you know that right from the start, as I don't want you to think I'm trashing your favourite childhood game; I love it as much as you did, trust me.
Excerpt: In my opinion, Capcom will forever be remembered for the industry revolution their original arcade game, Street Fighter II , caused in the early 1990’s. In that area, beat ‘em up games reigned supreme. Who doesn’t remember Double Dragon , Streets of Rage , Mortal Kombat, Rival Turf or Final Fight ?
Excerpt: I spent a lot of time in arcades as a youngster and for me, Final Fight was one of my ‘bread and butter’ games. I remember going on some form of caravan holiday with my parents and whilst they went off to lounge on the beach, I would waltz down to the clubhouse arcade with the sole purpose of putting 50p into Final Fight and spending an hour or so kicking some arse. Oh, life was good.
Excerpt: Product Description MODEL- 26057 VENDOR- CAPCOM FEATURES- Final Fight X: Streetwise PS2 To Save Your Brother You Must Save the City...Kyle and Cody Travers are two close-knit brothers surviving the tough streets of Metro City. When Cody disappears amidst the mayhem of a burgeoning drug trade Kyle must take back the streets with his own hands to save his brother and ultimately Metro City. * Metro City is alive!
Excerpt: I was around nine-years-old, walking alone on the sidewalk totally lost in thought. Being that it was 1984 and summertime, I was probably daydreaming about going to the arcade and playing Donkey Kong Jr.
Conclusion: I have no idea why I seem to be loving games more than everyone else right now, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a damn fine beat-em-up, and it's a perfect, mindless, meaty bit of action that the genre sorely needed.
Conclusion: Adding to the insanity of this package is the original arcade game, which is available as an unlockable bonus. Despite a pretty good emulation of the arcade version appearing in Capcom's classic arcade compilation last year, the version in Streetwise isn't that version. It looks awful, runs at a ridiculously choppy frame rate and doesn't play well at all.
Pros: Featuring Mike Haggar.
Cons: Ugly graphics, Horrible speech, Lame gameplay, Needless cursing makes the whole script sound hokey, Camera is usually pretty bad.
Conclusion: Instead of giving you direct objectives that involve going through the enemy ranks to bosses, the developers have tried to break up the gameplay with annoying mini-games. These include killing rats within a certain time limit, playing card games and putting out fires. The problem with half of these is they're more often than not needed to be completed to progress the story, and they're so annoying and poorly designed that it just gets frustrating.
Pros: Familiar faces, Soundtrack is pretty cool
Cons: Ridiculous story, Uninspired visuals, Terrible camera, Annoying mini games, Lack of any real flow or drive to complete