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Fighting Force
North American cover art for PS
Developer(s) Core Design
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Designer(s) Core Design
Platform(s) PlayStation
Nintendo 64
Release date(s) PS: October 1997
N64: May 1999
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single player

2-Player Co-op

Rating(s) ESRB: T
USK: 18
Media CD-ROM
System requirements P90, 16 MB RAM, DirectX, 3D Accelerator Card (PC)
Input methods Gamepad, Keyboard

Fighting Force is a 1997 3D beat 'em up developed by Core Design and published by Eidos in the same lines of classics such as Final Fight and Streets Of Rage. It was released for the PlayStation, Windows and Nintendo 64.

The game was originally devised by Core as Streets of Rage 4 to be published by Sega exclusively for the Saturn. Sega pulled the Streets of Rage name during development after a disagreement with Core about porting it to rival formats.



A traditional beat 'em up, the game gathered most features present in 2D games, but packed them into an interactive 3D environment. Many of the objects were destructible, and their parts can be used to attack enemies. Other items like bottles, chairs, lost luggage, tires and subway tokens can be used as weapons. These items only last a limited time; after a set number of uses they are no longer accessible. Some dropped weapons can be picked up by enemies. Defeated foes sometimes drop valuable objects, which can be picked up for points. Destruction of set pieces, such as crates, cars and computers, also earn points.

Health can be restored by destroying a vending machine and drinking one of the sodas that fall out.

Action is split into nine levels that include a car park, office lobby, elevator, busy city street and several sections of an indoor shopping mall. There is a small amount of branching paths. The availability of paths depends on how many points the player scores during the preceding levels. There are five boss characters, two of which utilize previous levels to attack in.

The plot features a former government scientist who expected the end of the world by the turn of the millennia decides to cause the Armageddon himself after nothing happens. The four playable characters are gathered by the government to assassinate him.


A screenshot of Ben "Smasher" Jackson punching a generic enemy

The player or players can choose from a selection of four characters. The playable characters are Hawk Manson (age 26), Mace Daniels (age 21), Ben "Smasher" Jackson (age 29), and Alana McKendricks (age 17). Hawk Manson and Mace Daniels are two all-around characters. Hawk is somewhat stronger than Mace who is in turn faster than Hawk. Ben "Smasher" Jackson is a large and slow bruiser capable of lifting and throwing the engines of cars at enemies. Alana McKendricks is a fast but soft-hitting teenager with an effective jump-kick.

All four characters have a special move that can be performed with the loss of a portion of health.


While massively hyped, the game failed to attract mainstream attention due to its repetitive and short lifespan. The game received mediocre scores from most of the gaming media.

Ports and Sequels

A Nintendo 64 version of the game titled Fighting Force 64 was released in North America and Europe in 1999. Insignificant version differences include partially improved graphics[2] and changes in the available number of player lives..

A Sega Saturn version was under development and eventually completed, but it was never released because of publishing issues; an early prototype, with older character designs, was leaked in November 2008.[3]

A sequel, titled Fighting Force 2, was released in 1999 for the PC, PlayStation and Dreamcast platforms. Unlike the first title, Fighting Force 2 focuses on the character of Hawk Manson exclusively, and rewards a more stealthy approach.

A second sequel, Fighting Force 3 was also in development for the Xbox and PlayStation 2, but was cancelled during development, though a video tech demo of it exists on the internet.


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Fighting Force 64
Developer(s) Core Design Ltd.
Publisher(s) Crave
Release date April 30, 1999 (NA)
Genre Fighting
Mode(s) Single player, 1-2 players
Age rating(s) ESRB: T
ELSPA: 15+
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Media Cartridge
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Fighting Force 64 is a port of the PlayStation game, Fighting Force. It's a beat 'em up like Streets of Rage, but not good. Like in all beat 'em ups, your main enemy that you'll be fighting through are the dreaded 'em. You have four people to beat 'em up with: Ben "Smasher" Jackson, Hawk Manson, and the mandatory girls, Alana McKendrick & Mace Daniels. The game is occasionally non-linear, allowing you to sometimes choose what level you progress to, adding some reason to replay the game once you've beaten it.

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