Final Fight 3
The popular Final Fight series now has a new addition, Final Fight 3. Capcom definitely kept the lo.ok and feel of the original side-scroller while making some distinct changes to the game. Retained from the older versions are the street debris.
Punching items like oil drums and garbage cans will reward players with health, points and weapons. In addition, the stages in Final Fight 3 are all side-scrolling and maintain the same look and feel of the previous Final Fight games in which contestants must fight through streets, alleys and busses.
On the improved side, Capcom added two new fighters. Dean and Lucia, to the Final Fight roster and removed Cody. Both Dean and Lucia have two Special Moves as opposed to Haggar and Guy. Lucia's fighting technique is similar to Chun Li, using her strong legs and helicopter kick. Dean is a cross between Haggar and Guy, having the strength of Haggar and agility similar to Guy's.
Unlike its three predeces sors. Final Fight 3 gives the player a choice of four characters to choose from: Haggar, Guy, Dean and Lucia. Each of the characters' special moves are done by a certain button and pad movement similar to the Street Fighter series. The command moves vary greatly from character to character and can be used to finish a deadly combo. Another addition to Final Fight 3 that was not in the previous games is the Super Meter. Just like the Street Fighter series, The Super Meter is charged up by hitting the enemy. Once charged and blinking, you can use your Super Special Move.
Each of the characters has a wide variety of moves that can be pulled off. depending on the situation. Using the dash and hitting the punch button is a good quick attack to knock the enemy down. From a grab, the character can throw him on the ground and punch him in the gut, pull off a backbreaker smash the enemy on your knee and more. It's important to learn each character's combo for maximum effectiveness.
Strategy plays a key element in this game, believe it or not. The most effective way to take off as much energy as possible is to use a combo. Start with a punch or two and finish with your special move. When grabbing ana inrowing the enemies, kill birds with one stone and throw them at other enemies on the screen. Use your Super Special Move wisely and attack an enemy with a decent amount of life. Lastly, before attempting a combo, make sure no enemies are behind you waiting to take a cheap shot. The game is a good balance of new and old. The new characters, special moves. Super Meter and levels combined with the control and look of the original make this game a winner.
Final Fight has a new option that we haven't seen before, Auto 2 Play. Now, for the first time, a person can team up with the computer to go against the baddies. This allows you to have a two-player simultaneous game with just one player. You have the ability to choose your character, the character the computer controls and the strength of the computer's character. Finally, all those who have no one else to game with can now play a two-player game with the computer. Very cool!
THOSE BAD BOSSES....
Fighting the Bosses can be a serious pain, so here are some general tips that can help you take 'em down. When you know you're near the end of the stage, save your Super Special for the Boss. Use the enemies around the Boss to your advantage: beat them up to build up your Super Meter and throw them into the Boss.
Lastly, remember Bosses can be grabbed just like any other enemy, so grab them and build a combo by throwing a couple punches and using your Special Move or a throw. Using these strategies can give you the edge over any Mid-Boss or Boss. Good luck!
PUBLISHER - Capcom DIFFICULTY - MODERATE THEME - ACTION NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
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The fight goes on... and on and on. Although Final Fight 3 has more characters and moves than its precursors, the game-play quickly feels routine.
The third installment in the series falls between the two extremes. It adds some cool options (like a two-player game in which the computer controls the second player) and special moves, but the gameplay is deadeningly simple. Move, stop, beat up thugs. Move, stop, beat up thugs. Grab the power- up...You get the idea.
FF 3 breaks new ground in its nonlinear narrative (think of The Peace Keepers). You pick your path at various forks, so it's impossible to visit every stage in a single play-through.
You choose from four characters: veterans Guy and Haggar and newcomers Lucia and Dean. The rookies are a mixed pair: Lucia is quick and packs an awesome Rising Knee Attack, but Dean's moves are sluggish and awkward. As for enemies, the latest menace to civilization is the Skull Cross Gang, which consists of your basic street slimes.
- Throw the goons into a corner and pound away at them. They can't escape.
- When the fat guys charge you, throw an enemy at them.
The bosses aren't much more interesting. You could easily mistake them for the other thugs, except that the bosses are bigger and wield cheesier attacks. You can defeat most of them with attack-and-retreat tactics.
- Lucia's tricky super move can leave you facing the wrong direction. Avoid this foul- up by holding the Freeze button while executing the motion.
- Throw other thugs at Stray in the factory. Always, always keep your distance.
Of all the brawlers in the series, this one looks the best: The characters have more detail, and the game includes nice graphical effects like windows and street signs that break on impact. The music is nothing special, but provides a good accompaniment to the action.
The generally simple controls feature Dragon Punch and fireball motions for special moves. You can execute slightly more complicated Super Special moves when the Super meter flashes. None of the characters can block, so it's hit or be hit.
FF 3 isn't a bad game, and it adds some innovative features. But you'll quickly tire of battling wave after wave of the same enemies that you smashed to a pulp two screens ago. Maybe a more exciting fight lies ahead.