History was probably the most blatant rip-off of Street
Fighter 2in history (hence the title). Lo and behold, Data East had the
audacity to make a sequel a year after the release of the original, even after Capcom tried to sue them for ripping off
If you're a Street
Fighter 2 knock-off and you know it, hold up your fist!
Fighter's History Dynamite
as Karnov's Revenge) is at least an improvement over the original. The
sequel adds playable bosses (Clown and
Karnov) and two new characters:
Zazie & Yungmie. Besides a
better selection of playable characters and some new backgrounds, the
game itself really hasn't changed very much in terms of looks or gameplay.
While playing Karnov's Revenge, there's just no way to shake the feeling
that this game is trying to be Street Fighter 2 with a
different cast of characters. For the second time around, it doesn't offer any
true innovation to the fighting game genre. Although, you could unlock a special
fight against a bull if you beat the game without losing a single
round, but who the hell would want
to play this game for that long?
Needless to say, I never fought
against the bull...
If you could somehow get past the fact that Fighters History was ashameless
SF2 knock-off, and somehow managed to enjoy playing it, you must've
been forced to...
because there were far superior fighting games to play in 1994.
For starters: How about X-Men: Children
of the Atom, Samurai
Shodown 2, Darkstalkers, Killer Instinct, Tekken or
maybe even Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo?!? You can't make a case that Karnov's
Revenge even comes close to competing with any of those games.
Maybe if Fighters History was the ONLY working video gameat
your local arcade... then you might've had an excuse to enjoy this game. Actually, I take that back,
there were still better things you could have been doing... like sticking
your face in dirt, for instance. ~TFG