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Moments In Gaming 5: Fighting Force

February 14th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today’s installment of Moments In Gaming covers the 1997 Playstation game Fighting Force. It was one of those games in the late nineties era of video games where the fresh 3D technology of the Playstation spawned an avalanche of outstanding 3D games.

In Fighting Force you play the role of one ruffian (or ruffine) who is hired to intrude the premises of a certain villain named Zeng with the goal to eliminate him.  So much for the story!

The graphics are of the typical early era PSX low-poly style but the environments that act as staging grounds for the rumble work surprisingly well. The gameplay is fun for a couple of rounds. You have a set of attack moves and combos available and you are able to pick up stuff from the ground like weapons, sandwiches, coke cans as well as bundles of dollar bills and even gold bars! Some items like cars, vending machines and trash cans can be destroyed to spawn makeshift weapons like metal bars that help dispatching bad guys quicker.

But the one feature that makes Fighting Force worth mentioning is the soundtrack by Martin Iveson. A well shuffled mixture of Electro and Techno beats blended perfectly together with filtered guitar riffs, fat bass lines and police sirens, sometimes uptempo and other times  subtle and atmospheric. This is one of those soundtracks that has a very personal note and stands on its own among the deluge of orchestral mass ware and prefab sound loops often found in games today.

  1. February 14th, 2010 at 05:14 | #1

    Ahh, I remember that game well. Especially the coop-mode is something that reminded me of older games like turtles for sega (man that was fun). Anyway: I associate this game for no obvious reason with “hard edge”. Maybe because of same mediocre but fun level.

  2. February 14th, 2010 at 13:52 | #2

    Hey Martin, can’t find any game named “Hard Edge”. Did you mean “Soul Edge” (aka Soul Blade) by any chance? That was another game I’ve played to death during that era.

  3. February 14th, 2010 at 23:01 | #3

    Nah, hard edge was some kind of fighting RPG. It came out around same time for PSX. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eokAus9Emyk . It also had this strange “pop-up” item retrieved animations and stuff like that.

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