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Fighting Force

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Description

Fighting Force is a 3D fighting "beat-em-up" in which the player can choose to control one of the four available characters. Each of the characters has his or her own advantages and weaknesses (e.g. superior strength but slow movement), and each possesses a powerful special move that depletes their health. Besides fists, they can use objects such as chairs, trash cans, and car tires, and weapons such as knives to fight the minions of the evil criminal mastermind Dr. Zeng who aspires to control the city.

Screenshots

Fighting Force PlayStation 20 seconds later, his axe became mine
Fighting Force PlayStation ... and left me to deal with his henchwomen who badly need a manicure
Fighting Force PlayStation No, I'm not inviting him to dance.
Fighting Force PlayStation Then the driver jumps out to fight you, one on one, of course.

Alternate Titles

  • "Streets of Rage 3D" -- Working title
  • "Metal Fist" -- Japanese PlayStation title
  • "Judgement Force" -- Saturn working title (unreleased)
  • "Fighting Force 64" -- Nintendo 64 title
  • "メタルフィスト" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Consoles News Nintendo 64 Oct, 1999 75 out of 100 75
PC Jeux Windows Jan, 1998 72 out of 100 72
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 1998 71 out of 100 71
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1998 62 out of 100 62
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Dec 09, 2009 12 out of 20 60
PC Games (Germany) Windows Apr 01, 1998 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Feb 15, 2011 C+ 58
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nintendo 64 Sep 03, 1999 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Trivia

Alpha version

In November 2008, thanks to Hidden Palace and its community, an alpha version of Judgement Force was leaked to the public. It can be played in any unmodified Saturn and shows the advanced stage in which the game was already at late 1996. Curiously, you can see that even if the original title (Streets of Rage 3D) was replaced, it still kept the same energy bar fonts of the original Streets of Rage series

Characters

The character Allana McKendrik is based on the real life Playboy model and Page 3 girl Zoe Gregory Paul.

Development

Core Design initially planned this game as a continuation of the Streets of Rage saga, for which they would also take advantage of the engine they created for Tomb Raider. The game was then called Streets of Rage 3D and was introduced to Sega in an almost finished state of development.

However, Sega did not want a sequel to the SoR franchise in 3D at the moment (or at least that's the rumour), so Core Design changed the title to Judgement Force, and it's under this name that a demo was released for the major videogame magazines (and even announced as "coming soon").

Still, despite all these changes, no Saturn version saw the light, and the game was ultimately released as Fighting Force for the Playstation and PC.

This was undoubtedly a major blow between the Sega-Core relationships, and it could be argued that it was for this reason that the Sega Saturn did not have its own Tomb Raider II.

Graphics

Fighting Force was one of the first games to need a 3d acceleration card, which though weren't really popular yet back then. (Some months later everyone had such a card though)

Information also contributed by Kohler 86 and Roger Wilco

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