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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 Entering the naval base
Fighting Force PlayStation At the end of level 1, I reached the big boss, but he escaped to the helicopter
Fighting Force PlayStation Not only does this game teach that violence is the way to resolve issues, but that Cola (especially when beaten out of a vending machine) will heal you of gunshot wounds.
Fighting Force PlayStation Playing the mall level with Mace. Destroy the hot dog stand to get ... guess what, hot dog !

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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

Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Player One PlayStation Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 1998 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Windows Apr, 1998 68 out of 100 68
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Jun, 1999 2.75 out of 6 65
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1998 62 out of 100 62
PC Games (Germany) Windows Apr 01, 1998 60 out of 100 60
Video Games Nintendo 64 Jun, 1999 2 out of 4 50
Ultra Game Players PlayStation 1998 44 out of 100 44


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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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