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    Burning Fight

    Burning Fight is a beat ’em up arcade game released by SNK in 1991 for the Neo Geo MVS system. Play Burning Fight online!

    Introduced to capture a share in the then-popular beat ’em ups market, it was meant to compete with Technōs’ Double Dragon, the leader of the genre at the time.

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    The Castella family from the Metro City started ruining the peaceful city of Osaka with the violent Japanese group, “Heiwa-gumi”. To stop the fight, Metro police detectives dispatched two dangerous characters, Duke and Billy, to Japan.

    With the support of the famous Japanese detective Ryu, they decided to rush into the enemy’s fortress. Ruthless violence in the neon lights of Osaka. Will there be an end to this war?

    Burning Fight is a side-scrolling street-fighting game similar to Final Fight. As Duke, Billy, or Ryu, you must fight your way through the various locations in Osaka.

    At the start of the game, you can only use your fists to deal with gangs, but by breaking things like phone booths and street signs along the way, you can get new weapons and more health. At the end of each location, you will have to defeat a boss in order to continue the mission.

    Burning Fight gameplay (Neo Geo)

    Burning Fight follows a formula and concepts commonly seen in titles of this genre, such as Streets of Rage, Double Dragon and Final Fight: balanced character selection, objects and weapons found on the ground cause greater damage to opponents, and semi-interactive environments (players can damage objects like phone booths and street signs along the way).

    The game is set in a fictional version of Osaka city (during a train station scene the platform even shows an “Umida” station sign).

    There are three playable characters, each with their own levels of strength, agility and special moves: Ryu is quick but weak, Billy is slow but very strong, and Duke is a more balanced hitter.

    One element that helps the game stand out from its competition is mini-stages, where the player must defeat some enemies in a short period of time in order to win prizes.

    Antagonists are members of Heiwa-Gumi, a Japanese yakuza gang, though there are a few Caucasian bosses and mid-level bosses (including three wrestling characters, Tom Anderson, Gary Powell and the Mad Dilly, modelled after Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage), and the final boss is Italian mob boss Castella (Casterora in Japanese).

    Moreover, the game has no individual endings, no matter which character has been chosen. After defeating Castella, players are presented with various scenes of the game along with the credits, and finally a group picture of the main characters.

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