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Final Fight: Streetwise
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Developer(s) Capcom Production Studio 8 (PS2)
Secret Level (Xbox)
Publisher(s) Capcom
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox
Release date(s) NA February 28, 2006
EU April 7, 2006
Genre(s) Beat 'em up, Action-adventure, Sandbox
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: 18
ESRB: Mature (M)
PEGI: 18+
Media 1 DVD

Final Fight: Streetwise is a 3D beat-'em-up produced by Capcom, released in North America and the PAL region for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2006. It is a non-canonical sequel to the original Final Fight developed by the American team of Capcom Production Studio 8 (the developers of the Maximo series). A promotional comic, illustrated by artist and lead voice actor Trent Kaniuga, was included with preorders of the game that included concept art.

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Gameplay

Final Fight: Streetwise is a 3D beat 'em up. The story mode, which is for 1 player, has 10 minigames, including cockroach stomping, arm-wrestling, slide puzzles, shooting contests and the classic car bash. Players earn money through pit fights and side missions, upgrading Kyle's moveset by training in various gyms in Metro City while progressing through the game. An 'instinct' system allows you to counter opponents' attacks, as well as make your attacks more powerful.

The arcade mode is a no-frills 3D brawler for 1 or 2 players. It does not have upgradable movesets, counters or instinct abilities. Kyle, Cody, Guy and Haggar are all playable characters in arcade mode. However, the game is over when the life bar is empty.

The game's save system can only be used once the player decides to quit the game. Progress will resume at the last checkpoint rather than the character's last position.

Plot

Set several years after the original Final Fight, Streetwise stars Kyle Travers, Cody's younger brother. In Streetwise, Kyle roams the streets of his hometown, doing detective work, on the search for his captured brother. Kyle will run into familiar faces, as well as new ones.

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Story

Kyle and Cody Travers are brothers that take part in the sport of underground fighting. As Cody Traver's younger brother, Kyle is the star of the underground Metro City fight club, spending nights fighting various other fighters in order to earn enough quick cash to make ends meet. After the end of a fight one evening, Kyle and Cody decide to meet at the local bar to celebrate with some beers and a round of pool; however, Cody has some unspoken business that delays his arrival for an hour. After Kyle arrives at the bar, he plays a game with his girlfriend and barowner Vanessa Simms, while waiting for Cody. Kyle later finds out that Cody is using a powerful strength enchancing drug called "glow", which helps the arthritis in his knees. Kyle later discovers that glow is being made by a psychotic priest named Father Bella, who hopes to use the drug to bring about the apocalypse. When Kyle finds Bella on the roof of his church, Cody is with him, mutated by a concentrated dose of glow. It is later revealed that Bella is actually the younger brother of Belger, the antagonist of the original game, just before he and Kyle begin to fight.

During the battle, Cody regains his senses, and throws himself and Bella off the roof. Some time later, Kyle and Cody wake up in the hospital, where they meet with Vanessa who holds onto her late brother's badge. Cody's arthritis is now gone and he seems eager to resume fighting. Kyle notices Dr. Chang leaving the police station on the local news and mentions he has a feeling this might not be over quite yet.

Characters

The game’s protagonist is Kyle Travers, brother of Cody Travers from the original Final Fight. He is a 27-year-old ex-Marine who has lived on the streets of Metro City, along with Cody, since childhood. Coming from a broken family, Kyle was brought up by his brother, who taught him how to survive life on the streets and earn respect. Prior to joining the military, Haggar reveals that Kyle was a troublemaker and hoodlum as a kid, calling him a "skinny legged punk". Later, as a skilled hand-to-hand fighter, Kyle uses his talent to support himself in the local pit fighting club. He goes in search of Cody after he is abducted from Kyle’s girlfriend’s bar. His girlfriend, Vanessa Sims, and her brother, Sergeant Sims, aid Kyle in his search by providing him with information as they get it.

The game’s antagonist is Father Bella. He has been distributing a new drug called GLOW throughout Metro City. It is later revealed that he is the younger brother of Belger, the antagonist of the original Final Fight.

Poison, a controversial male-to-female transvestite character from original Final Fight and Final Fight Revenge, was originally planned to be in the game. It is unknown what role she was supposed to play including whether she was supposed to be an enemy or not. Also, the concept art shows her with red hair, which originally belonged to Poison's pallet swap, Roxy. It is unknown why she was cut out of the final version of the game.[1]

Reception

Upon release, the game was ill-received with extremely negative reviews worldwide, failing to achieve mainstream success. Many video game review websites and magazines, including IGN[2], GameSpot[3], GameSpy[4] and Game Informer[5], have made several complaints about flaws in the game, usually ending with a negative review. ScrewAttack named Final Fight:Streetwise as the 6th game on their Top 10 Worst 2D to 3D Games.

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