Designer no. 1 – “So, we’ve enjoyed a lot of success with that 4-player cabinet and cartoon licences. It seems the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Simpsons converted well to a 4-player side-scrolling beat-‘em up, what now?”
Designer no. 2 – “How about we do another one?”
Designer no. 2 – “Let’s just make one up, we could have our own characters who bear a slight resemblance to famous fighters.”
Designer no. 1 – “Right, so Mr T, Hulk Hogan, Jean Claude Van Damme, and… erm…”
Designer no. 2 – “Mike Tyson?”
Alright, seriously, you might think I’m on the wind-up, but I’m actually genuinely not. Apparently they were removed from the British release of the game, but I SWEAR I saw them in there in a real arcade in Newquay.
We’ll come back to that in a minute. “Vendetta” is actually an alterna-title for “Crime Fighters 2”, but is quite far removed from that slightly archaic-by-comparison game. The sprites are large and detailed, the animation is smooth and realistic, the sound is a million times better, and the game…
The same goes for enemies, except they don’t attack from the ground. However, you CAN attack them on the ground.
Comedy value aside, there’s no real reason for them to be there. Simple as.
But then this game was always meant to be enjoyed as part of a 4-player party rather than a single-player.