Final Fight is a pretty badass side scrolling beat’em up game from the era where I spent a lot of time in arcades. The era that was probably the peak, as far as arcade games were concerned but then arcades started to fizzle out not too long after.
This game exists in the same universe as the Street Fighter series and a lot of the characters from Final Fight would appear in Street Fighter-related games over the years.
With that, this is an incredibly well-crafted, fluid, fun, smack a bitch kinda game.
Final Fight is just a blast to play and it’s aged really well and is definitely one of the best games of its type. While I enjoy Double Dragon a bit more, Final Fight beats out the vast majority of its competition from the same era.
The characters all look cool as hell, the levels are neat and the overall playing time and pacing of the game is damn near perfect.
This would go on to spawn sequels and to see its characters used, again and again, in other Capcom games from the early ’90s till current day.
Pairs well with: other Final Fight games, as well as similar side scrolling beat’em ups like the Double Dragon series, the Streets of Rage series, Crime Fighters, etc.