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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.


Fighting Force PlayStation 20 seconds later, his axe became mine
Fighting Force PlayStation Choosing the next level. Note the mooks standing harmlessly in the background
Fighting Force PlayStation Beating up this car not only provides Hawk with tires to throw at enemies, but also this bazooka
Fighting Force PlayStation Finishing off the boss with a rather brutal suplex

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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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Critic Reviews

Player One PlayStation Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 78 out of 100 78
PC Jeux Windows Jan, 1998 72 out of 100 72
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Jun, 1999 71 out of 100 71
PC Joker Windows Apr, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Sep, 1999 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Windows Apr, 1998 68 out of 100 68
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1998 62 out of 100 62
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Apr 22, 1999 4 out of 10 40
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Sep 01, 1999 D 25


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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


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


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.


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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