The Final Fight Series is the Best Brawler Games Ever!
Final Fight, as far as brawlers go, can only be compared to others in the trilogy. Despite what you may be thinking, Final Fight is not the worst of these. It ranks, just behind Final Fight 3. Each of the games is at least very good. The characters are bigger. The first boss is very easy, but then you'll have to fight a gliding sword slasher, a gun wielding dirty cop, a bull rushing fighter who causes heavy damage with each attack, and Mad Gears, who uses a quick firing gun with knife like bullets. On the street, you'll have to deal with 2 fast punchers, 2 heavy hitters, 2 agile kickers, 2 military knife wielders, 3 or 4 fat pot belly rushers, and 2 "Andre the Giant" looking fighters. You can choose between Cody and Haggar. Cody is much, much quicker and agile; his abilities allow you to quickly avoid attack with only his basic moves; however, his moves don't gain alot of pts or cause alot of damage. Cody flips as he jumps and has a slow kick, a super fast kick, a knee kick, super fast punches, a toss slam, and a combo of knee pounds. Haggar attacks do way more damage and his slams give you more points per attack(the quicker you gain pts the quicker you'll gain extra lives), but he is also much, much slower and less agile(gets hit more). Haggar is nothing like Cody in movement or moves; he has basic jumps, powerful slothful punches, a slothful kick, a slam that he does from the ground, a combo of chest pounds(if you complete the combo, then you'll zap the most energy), and an aerial pile driver slam that does the most damage of any one single attack. Each has a spinning move that gets them out of trouble, but this move drains a tiny bit of your life, which can add up rather quickly. The punches/pounds and slams can be combined into a combo attack. Slams can also be used to momentarily eliminate an enemy if they are within range. Adv/Disadv to choosing each: You'll find it harder to fight with Haggar as your life gets low, while Cody excells; this is because Haggar is slower and less agile. Haggar seems to fight the bosses better, because he can do more damage. I like fighting with Haggar the best.
Comparison: FF1 has the best graphics of the 3, the best combination of weapons and weapon use(the others have more weapons, but FF2 has the worst weapons of all and FF3 weapons are better when used with certain fighters), the hardest bosses(although not many), the hardest overall game of the 3, it doesn't allow 2 player action(not needed for a console brawling game), and it has a hidden menu that is in some ways hard to understand. FF2 has the hardest street warriors, the easiest bosses, the worst fighters to choose from of the 3 games, allow you to gain more points during the entire course of the game, and it does have basic 2 player support. FF3 has most of the regular moves of the others, basic super moves and ultimate super moves that the others don't have, both computer simulated 2 players and basic, the best selection of fighters(although FF1 could have done better in this area with another good character), and the extra lives distribution make the least sense of any of the 3 games. I rank them in this order: FF3, FF1, FF2.Read full review