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Published on Oct 3, 2010
Whether you're playing the Playstation version or the prettier Dreamcast version, the general consensus is that Fighting Force 2 is a drab, nearly lifeless, annoying video game... and a terrible sequel to the original beat-em-up game. If you've never played a Fighting Force title (FF or FF64), let's put it this way: Do you like old-school beat-em-ups/fighting games like "Streets of Rage"? What about Streets of Rage in 3D? Sounds pretty cool right? Well, that was the original Fighting Force, so start there.
What's the sequel like? Well, remove the other three characters (effectively removing the multiplayer), botch the controls even more where just punching a damn guy behind you can feel like a war of attrition since he seems to only do it half the time and climbing ladders almost seems like trial and error (not to mention the controls in general are just needlessly convoluted), make a somehow even less interesting story, and stick the one guy (Hawk Manson) in a bunch of closed off, maze-like areas with almost non-existant music, jumping through monitors, and occassionally fighting some really uninteresting enemies. Having fun yet? It gets worse; some enemies take almost no life off of your hero (which is good since you'll get harassed by the poor controls pretty often) but you can lose half your life or more from a TINY fall. Make sense? Hell no. The camera can also get annoying in some spots (just watch the video; the camera has a seizure just because I picked up a drink around 7:26). If this game was aiming to be a rage-filled funiture-bashing simulator, then it's totally awesome, but as the follow-up to Fighting Force, it's almost cringe-worthy. I LIKED the original game.
I've heard of a few who enjoyed this more than the original (or just didn't enjoy either), but I personally think this game is a waste of time. I really can't think of anything particularly good to say about this game; nothing really stands out and it's not merely that it's different. While the original certainly wasn't perfect, it was at least fun; this game is just void of soul...I don't think Hawk had enough personality to go on his own either. The Playstation FF2 is a little easier to play, but it's the same boring game in my opinion.