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Rival Turf (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Spawned from the success of games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage comes Rival Turf, Jaleco's attempt at the 2D brawler franchise. In this blatant rip-off you play one of two childishly named fighters who take to the streets to battle the local gangs. The high price point is a deal breaker. With so few Virtual Console games being released this year, it's a shame that Rival Turf is here taking up valuable real estate. Rating: 40%
Rival Turf (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Spawned from the success of games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage comes Rival Turf, Jaleco's attempt at the 2D brawler franchise. In this blatant rip-off you play one of two childishly named fighters (Jack Flak and Oozie Nelson) who take to the streets to battle the local gangs. Through back alleys, elevators, city busses, sports stadiums and even the South American forests, our two heroes punch and kick their way to victory. Sadly, that's about all these two characters can do. Believe it or not, Rival Turfs offers FEWER moves than the already anemic Final Fight. There's no technique involved with Rival Turf, just simple button mashing and luck. Even the boss battles are weak compared to the competition. On the plus side, Rival Turf offers two-player support and an interesting (but not fun) head-to-head fight mode.

Does It Still Hold Up? I'm used to the shallowness of old school brawlers, but even I was shocked by Rival Turf. When a standard jump kick is the extent of your arsenal, then there's clearly a problem. I was also disappointed by the graphics and sound, which are bad even by early 1990s standards. There's very little here to recommend, which is why I'm surprised it even made it to the Virtual Console.

Is It Worth The Money? You know how you've been avoiding picking up Final Fight 3? Maybe it's time to reconsider. Rival Turf is a disaster in almost every way possible. If you've played any of the countless other 16-bit brawlers, then chances are you've seen a good 90% of this game already. The high price point is a deal breaker. With so few Virtual Console games being released this year, it's a shame that Rival Turf is here taking up valuable real estate.
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