• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2006

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 36
  2. Negative: 25 out of 36
  1. One more thing: the swearing. Normally we don't mind, but the script for Streetwise sounds like it was written by a grade-schooler who'd just discovered cursing. Obscene language is overused to the point where the effect isn't gritty at all. In fact, it's just laughable.
  2. 36
    The fighting system itself is has a few interesting features, but almost everything else about the game will either frustrate or annoy. The camera, the enemy A.I., almost every aspect of the graphics, the sound effects and the required mini-games are all decidedly sub-par.
  3. Final Fight: Streetwise doesn't look good, doesn't play well, and it can't even get its unlockable bonus--the original arcade game--right.
  4. A slightly below average game with some okay fighting action, a nice arcade mode if you're playing co-op and some adult situations that sometimes cross the line into the land of overkill.
  5. Only players absolutely obsessed with the continuing story of street-fighter-with-a-heart-of-gold Cody and bare-knuckled mayor Mike Haggar need bother checking in.
  6. Instantly forgettable and certainly regrettable, this fighter is preposterously short on both brains and brawn. Here's to hoping that Streetwise listens to its title and is indeed the final Final Fight.
  7. 40
    As it stands, FF:S isn’t the worst game you’ll ever play, but it certainly isn’t worth spending money on.
  8. Erase those memories of halcyon days spent nurturing your arthritis with the original coin-op, because Streetwise does it no kind of justice. [May 2006, p.124]
  9. Capcom has dropped the ball and left us with a title that will be forgotten about even before it hits the bargain bins, which won’t be too long at all by the looks of things.
  10. Final Fight veterans hoping for a class act, steer clear of this title completely. In fact if you like any type of game, steer so clear that your car comes off the road if need be. It’s that bad.
  11. It deserves every harsh word written about it. It's the worst kind of cynical cash in and not only damages the legacy of Final Fight, but damages Capcom's reputation as a forward thinking games publisher.
  12. If there's any good reason to purchase, rent or even borrow this game, I haven't found it.
  13. Combat featuring counters, reversals, and fighting move upgrades sounds promising, but in practice does little to offset the game’s repetitiveness. [Mar 2006, p.84]
  14. Outside of the occasional thrill of blowing some fool away with a shotgun or breaking a baseball bat over someone's head, there are no redeeming qualities to Final Fight: Streetwise. [Mar 2006, p.100]
  15. Exasperating mini-games; bad AI, camera jams, and a slap in the face story to any fan...This is not good...no--this is really not good. [Apr 2006, p.63]
  16. 40
    There are a lot of things that do pay homage to the original, but this is a shoddy game that lacks polish or any of the simplistic fun offered up by the original.
  17. 40
    Button-hammering combos, awful graphics, dire plot and annoying side-quests culminate in a big cloud of sweary yet camp violence. [Issue#139, p.92]
  18. We'd love to see another good urban brawler, but this isn't anywhere near to being it. [May 2006, p.58]
  19. Final Fight: Streetwise pretty much fails to please. A boring story greets you in the main form of gameplay, while the alternate Arcade mode focuses on the lackluster combat.
  20. It is worth noting, just finally, that die-hard fans will get to meet Mike Hagger and Guy from the original Final Fight, but even these cameos don’t justify playing this game.
  21. What a letdown, considering that the version included with "Capcom Classics Collection" was arcade-perfect.
  22. 20
    An insult to anyone who enjoyed the original arcade game.
  23. 40
    The camera is even worse than in the main mode -- odd, when it could've just taken a zoomed-in version of the isometric view that games like Baldur's Gate have used for eons.
  24. 30
    While Final Fight: Streetwise isn't broken to the point of being completely unplayable, it is absolutely not worth your time.
  25. The button mashing is so boring, the dialogue so conspicuously profane and inane and the presentation so blocky and dull that the only motivating factor in playing is the promise of unlocking the original Final Fight.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 27, 2012
    The game's music is pretty good, and the combos are cool, having a neat little 'buying moves' mechanic from a gym. While the story is absurd,The game's music is pretty good, and the combos are cool, having a neat little 'buying moves' mechanic from a gym. While the story is absurd, and there are some sound and cutscene glitches if you play this on a PS3 (Or 360, for that matter), this game is still a goofy, over-the-top experience worth a rent, but not worth a permanent place on your shelves. Full Review »
  2. MikeR.
    Mar 5, 2006
    where is the f'n jump button? did these guys even play final fight?
  3. MarkD.
    Mar 2, 2006
    Final Fight Streetwise sticks true to the original arcade. If you're used to playing GTA, you'll have no problem with the camera. Final Fight Streetwise sticks true to the original arcade. If you're used to playing GTA, you'll have no problem with the camera. Impressive storyline. If you're a fan of the original Final Fight, you'll slowly but surely see the resemblence, and will love it. Great game! :) Full Review »