Final Fight LNS is a free game by Final Fight fans. The Final Fight series of video games was a popular arcade game series by Capcom that found its way on various home consoles later on.
Final Fight was a side scrolling fighting game, a subgenre of fighting games that was very popular in the 80's and 90's.
Final Fight LNS plays exactly like any other Final Fight game you may have played; that is not a bad thing, and since it comes with extra features and is free, is highly recommended for any gamer who likes side scrolling beat em up games.
The game is divided into multiple levels and different stages that all scroll horizontally based on the player's movement and stage boundaries.
Players encounter a variety of bad guys that require different defeating strategies. While you can smash the attack button when it comes to some, others use special attacks of their own or throw knifes at you instead.
While you can download the game from the developer website, it is recommended to download it from Archive.org instead as it is faster and does not require forum registration.
You can run the game right after you have extracted its archive on the local system, it does not need to be installed. The initial loading takes a couple of seconds.
The game offers several game modes but most of those are locked when you first start it. In fact, the one mode that is available on first start is Arcade.
Arcade plays similarly to classic Final Fight games but makes some important changes. First, the basics:
Each player has control over three buttons that attack, jump or block when executed. You may combine buttons and moving around to create different kinds of attacks or power attacks. A simple example is that you can combine jump and attack to execute a kick while jumping.
One special feature of the game is that you may play with up to four players locally. The original Final Fight games supported co-op play only and that was a lot of fun already.
With four players, things can get chaotic especially if friendly fire is turned on.
You may select one out of seven characters in the beginning which you may know from previous Final Fight games. Each character has different attacks and specials; you may play classic characters such as Haggard, Cody, or Guy.
The game plays with the keyboard or gamepads; a gamepad is highly recommended as it is easier to execute special and ultimate moves.
Once you have selected Arcade you are asked to pick a difficulty level. Final Fight LNS supports five. Pick the easiest one if you want credits (use when you die) and easier enemies, or any of the more challenging difficulty levels if you want less credits (or none) and harder to beat enemies.
Arcade game play is stage and level based. The game saves whenever you make it to the end of a level, often after beating one of the numerous boss enemies.
Player characters and enemies have health; you defeat enemies when their health bar reaches zero. Players may spend lives, if any are left, to respawn or credits, if any are left, to continue playing.
Once you beat Arcade, you unlock other game modes. You can play Boss Rush mode to fight one boss after the other, versus to play against another human player, or other game modes such as Capcom Allstars or Volleybred.
You unlock more characters as you beat the game in various modes and difficulty levels.
The game plays to a large extend like the original, and that includes situations where enemies combo you death. It is possible that I'm not good enough of a player to get out of these situations, but it is highly frustrating if you play on one of the harder difficulty levels.
While we are at it; usability could improve in some areas as well. I could not figure out how to go back to the main menu after entering a game (except for game over) or increase the screenshot resolution. It would also be nice if the developers would add an option to create saves manually as it would make the game less frustrating for casual players.
Final Fight LNS is a big game that offers lots of game modes and days of fun especially if you play the game with human players. It is an excellent game all in all.Advertisement
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