Side scrolling greatness returns with a bang in Final Fight: Double Impact. Capcom has done it again and this time they have given gamers a wonderful surprise. The title says it all however; gamers will love the fact that they are getting 2 games, yes two games for the price of one! I'm going to break this review up into two parts to cover both games (Final Fight and Magic Sword).
For those new to Final Fight the story is very straight forward. Mike Haggar was a professional wrestler who was elected Mayor of Metro City. During his campaign he promised to handle the crime in the city, much to the dismay of the Mad Gear Gang. Enraged by this action the Mad Gear Gang kidnaps Haggar's daughter Jessica to ensure that crime continues. Haggar decides then to take on the gang, however, he makes sure to bring along some help, by enlisting the aid of Cody (Jessica's boyfriend), and Cody's sparring partner and ninjutsu master Guy. Together the three of them are determined to take back Metro City and rescue Jessica before its too late.
Gamers will battle their way through 6 stages of Metro City in their attempts to rescue Haggar's daughter. You'll fight your way through areas such as a subway, uptown, and more. The enemies you will encounter will take the gamer back to a time where the names changed, but only the colors differed between the enemies. This is your basic side scrolling button mashing game that is a perfect port of the 80's arcade title and is a perfect showcase as to why Final Fight was one of the best arcade brawler/button masher games ever made.
Some of the new updates for Final Fight allow gamers to choose graphic modes of "smooth" and "crisp" which will give gamers a more HD look to their title. As well, gamers will have the option to adjust their video display. One of the "classic feel" options given to gamers is that they can play their game in an actual arcade cabinet. This is nostalgia at its best because not only is the monitor set inside the cabinet, but the original artwork is also displayed on the sides to provide gamers the feel like they have stepped back in time.
One feature that takes me back in time is the soundtrack. All the music has been remixed in Final Fight, however, you can still hear the traditional music. This means that the great 80's arcade music still rings loud and clear and is always a sign that Capcom has made sure to not only bring the classics back to life, but improve on them as only Capcom can.
Final Fight: Double Impact also introduces a new feature to gamers which is called the vault. By completing certain challenges which will appear at the bottom of the screen, the gamer will unlock different items in the vault. One thing to note is that there is a heavy amount as well of Street Fighter images and references in the vault. This is due partially because Final Fight was originally supposed to be a Street Fighter sequel, however, this was changed when the game ended up becoming nothing like Street Fighter.
The second game of Final Fight: Double Impact is called Magic Sword. This game takes place on an unnamed planet and is laid out like a traditional platformer. Gamers will side scroll their way through jumps, traps, and tons of enemies that will constantly keep you on your toes. In Magic Sword a "Black Orb" is the source of the evil in the game and is the main quest to either destroy or obtain it.
The graphics again on Magic Sword have the same HD touches that gamers will get in Final Fight, including the same video modes as well. The soundtrack however, has been remixed just like Final Fight to provide gamers a more modern feel to an arcade classic such as this. Your sword swings, magic attacks and more are even enhanced to give gamers an "updated" feel on such a classic arcade title.
Throughout your adventures gamers will play as the barbarian who wields a sword and shield. If a second player joins in on the fun, then they will become a character that wields a heavy axe. One of the many features that make this game great are the additions of allies. These range from a ninja to a knight and more and their sole purpose is to assist the gamer by various powers and abilities, attacks and the levels gamers will gain improved weapons such as samurai swords, broadswords, flame swords and more. Also, Magic Sword will entice you with various magic spells that the gamer will have at their fingertips. From lightning, to fire, to screen clearing glory and more, Magic Sword gives gamers an amazing amount of firepower at their disposal.
Magic Sword takes place over 51 levels of platform enjoyment, enemy slashing goodness. Gamers will start in the bottom of the overworld map which is laid out like a giant tower, and just like you imagine it would, you will have to work your way through the tower to the top. Through these levels gamers will battle their way through fire, ice, and more as they strive to reach the top of the tower and confront the "Dark Lord". Once there the gamer will battle it out for either good or evil and decide the fate of the world.
Final Fight: Double Impact is going for 800 MS points and is worth every penny of it. Updated graphics, sound, and the ability to transform the game into the actual arcade makes this game a must have in any game library. In today's gaming world its rare to see a title that not only has stood the test of time, but has become a benchmark for many of the games we play now. This title will give you hours upon hours of enjoyment as you try to unlock everything in the vault and go for the achievements as well. Strap on your gloves, get your sword and shield ready to go because Final Fight: Double Impact really does make a mammoth impact!
Suggestions: Bring out more of your classics in the Capcom library.