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Let’s Talk About…: a fighting game.
Erm… I don’t usually play beat-em-up games. I’ve talked about playing Mortal Combat and Street Fighter with my brother already, and short of talking about the few times I played some fighting games with excellent graphics on my neighbor’s Sega, I’m sadly out of the loop.
Except… Well, we’re just chatting, right? These things have never been about going full-throttle nerd. I mean, when I talked about Sonic I talked about whips and sonic booms, so if that’s possible, anything is, right?
So let’s talk about… the demo for Fighting Force available for the original Playstation.
Bet you weren’t expecting that, were you?
This demo… it was so horrible it was good. The characters were brilliantly cartoonish, and the sound effects were as close to comic book “biff”s and “pow”s as one could get. I remember the title screen opened with big block letters proclaiming: “It’s time to end… THE END OF THE WORLD!” followed by a huge explosion.
Second only to Jedi Power Battles, this was the game my dad I played together the most. We’d sit there and alternate between seriously playing and trying to help each other out, and making fun of what was going on, because when a game is so over-the-top and entails you literally destroying the environment to get weapons like wall panels and fire extinguishers, it’s hard to take the plot seriously.
During one particular battle against scantily-clad women named things like “Vixen” (I’m not even kidding), he quipped that the game should have put a “kiss” button on the controls, because maybe they’d blow a circuit like with Austin Powers. We spent as much time laughing at the game as we did playing it.
It was great.
Don’t get me wrong. The controls were great and what it did, it did well. It just… well fighting games were never really my thing and I couldn’t take this one seriously at all. On top of that, we weren’t very good, although we almost beat the demo a few times. Those vixens were tough ladies, let me tell you. And because it was a demo, there were no save files. So I have quite a lot of experience playing the beginning of the game, at least! I’d play it again with my dad in a heartbeat if I could, let me tell you.
What about you? What was the best bad fighting game you’ve ever played? What do you remember most vividly about it? Let me know in the comments!
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