Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. These two small additions alone make all the difference, instead of tinkering with all the objects of the game, Capcom knew they had a good thing here and stuck with it, simply making a few small additions that would push the game along, if you chose to use them.
  2. I can't recommend Final Fight enough. It's the perfect port of a retro classic; the original game buckles under the pressure of the fan service that's been added to it. But it's also got online co-op, making it a hugely enjoyable beat-em-up even by modern day standards.
  3. Final Fight: Double Impact is well worth the $10 investment. You’re getting two decent games who’s gameplay holds up well to the test of time. If you’re a fan of either game, love button-mashers, or just want to relive the feel of playing games in arcades, you can’t go wrong with this one.
  4. Final Fight: Double Impact is a great little package. Both of the games play as you would expect them to.
  5. 90
    This is how updates of games that are just over 20 years-old should be: classic, timeless, and modernized in all the right places. FFDI is such a great package that a recommendation couldn't come easier.
  6. 88
    The presentation of the cabinets and different views are great, the gameplay is as fun as ever, and there’s tons of stuff to collect as you play through this title.
  7. 88
    Overall, this is a fantastic package for only ten dollars. There is so much to see and do, and with the addition of co-op, you will be able to play online with your friends for hours.
  8. Final Fight: Double Impact is going for 800 MS points and is worth every penny of it. Updated graphics, sound, and the ability to transform the game into the actual arcade makes this game a must have in any game library.
  9. In a dry spell of arcade releases, Final Fight: Double Impact is a must download.
  10. Features an awesome amount of content for only $10.
  11. Boasting two faithfully reproduced arcade classics, Final Fight: Double Impact is a fantastic value and a must-buy for fans of old-school arcade fans.
  12. Double Impact is a good package, featuring two of the greatest co-op arcade games of all time. Final Fight is really showing its age now, but it's been twenty years, so that may have been inevitable. Magic Sword has aged a great deal more gracefully, and of the two, it's the one that I've been going back to.
  13. For 800 Microsoft points, Final Fight: Double Impact is a excellent purchase for anyone seeking some old school brawler fun.
  14. The gameplay of Final Fight holds up surprisingly well, even if it is repetitive.
  15. 83
    These two games are badass. Those of you who remember them fondly from your Osh Kosh days will be swept up in a wave of nostalgia right at the title screen, and everybody else will be hooked from level one.
  16. Considering the package deal, both games are good for bloody trip down memory lane. You might even be surprised at how well they hold up.
  17. Final Fight and Magic Sword were great in the early 90s, and are still great now. With the extra care Capcom has taken to make sure they can hang in the online/HD era, Double Impact has turned out to be much more than just a simple remake.
  18. That said, any brawler fans that haven’t played Final Fight should still strongly consider downloading this. And despite the fact that I’ve beaten up literally thousands of Mad Gear gang members in my lifetime, I can’t wait to do it over and over again.
  19. While a must-purchase for fans of the ‘Final Fight’ series, newcomers might balk at its higher than average price.
  20. Final Fight is back, probably better than ever thanks to Capcom's efforts to really deliver the feeling of being in the arcade and playing with a bunch people you don't know. The graphics are good, the controls just rock and the music is top notch. Double Impact even includes Magic Sword, which settles the deal. This is an excellent pack of retro, not to miss for anyone.
  21. Magic Sword is merely a peculiar bonus: another side-scroller from 1990 that takes a swing at the fantasy genre. Its button-bashing core contains a few RPG fragments, as you can collect protective shields and rescue imprisoned allies who then serve as a support character, and it's a decent, if limited affair.
  22. 80
    This is for now the ultimate version of the 90s classic. Those who played the original arcade would like to remember those moments, and maybe those who lost them want to discover this legend.
  23. If you’re the kind of gamer who loves a quick and competitive romp through gaming of yesteryear, absolutely give Final Fight: Double Impact your consideration. Mike Haggar is one mayor who definitely deserves your vote.
  24. Maybe the best addition is the Vault, which ties into the in-game achievements/trophies but extends well beyond them with extra challenges like "beat this game using less than 18 continues" or "finish every level with Guy."
  25. Final Fight: Double Impact is a collection built around nostalgia. Everything about the presentation serves to remind gamers about the good ol' days of quarter-eating arcade machines and beating up hordes of faceless mooks with your pals.
  26. Despite some minor rough edges, the spot-on emulation of both games makes this an easy recommendation for fans of either game.
  27. Nice as it is to see old Atari VCS titles revived and preserved, give me a stonking slice of beat ‘em up action like Final Fight every time.
  28. It faithfully recreates the arcade classic, gives players the option of updating the sound, aspect ratio, and visuals, and includes a great second game that most modern gamers aren't familiar with.
  29. Authentic arcade presentation and a smart assortment of challenges make this a great way to experience two very enjoyable Capcom arcade classics.
  30. If you’re a fan of fighting games then Final Fight: Double Impact is sure to make a positive impact on you.
  31. Pelit (Finland)
    Now with added unlockables and online play, Final Fight's simple but satisfying gameplay is as fun as ever. But surely Capcom could have coupled the classic beat 'em up with something better than the lacklustre Magic Sword? [June 2010]
  32. Final Fight Double Impact is an excellent package combining two great arcade classics.
  33. Final Fight: Double Impact offers in a single pack two arcade classics, Final Fight and Magic Sword, originally launched in 1989 and 1990 respectively. The work carried out with the conversions of both titles cannot be compared with Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, although they offer online mode and excellent graphical filters.
  34. 70
    To be honest: Magic Sword doesn’t matter, Final Fight is the reason to buy it. That game offers more interesting gameplay and it will remain that way all throughout the game. Unfortunately, there are a few downsides, making Final Fight: Double Impact a decent purchase, but not a wonderful one.
  35. X-ONE Magazine UK
    A relatively cheap distraction. [Issue#59, p.105]
  36. Final Fight: Double Impact is true to the original and full of nostalgic value.
  37. Official Xbox Magazine
    Though these simple action relics aren't for everyone, we applaud the respectful approach taken for this reasonably priced release. [Jun 2010, p.83]
  38. You fight lots of pallet-swapped enemies over and over again, rinse and repeat. Fun to play with a friend and a huge nostalgia rush, but not much to hold your interest for long.
  39. Games Master UK
    It's challenging but hardly deep. [June 2010, p.85]
  40. 50
    Final Fight: Double Impact is fun for those with nostalgic feelings towards the arcade halls. Otherwise this game will feel boring and outdated.
  41. If I were giving a grade on presentation, the marks would be higher. But since I actually have to play through the games, I have to take a not-so-pleasant trip down memory lane. Oh look, some game didn't pick up after themselves, and I've stepped in it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. UjnH
    Apr 22, 2010
    Awesome lifelike arcade experience! I love the arcade menu screen all the way to the faux arcade screen filter you can apply! Just like I Awesome lifelike arcade experience! I love the arcade menu screen all the way to the faux arcade screen filter you can apply! Just like I remember it as a kid! Full Review »
  2. TrevorG.
    Apr 20, 2010
    Awesome! A great nostalgic trip down memory lane! I can't believe this "game reviewer" from Game Revolution.... " I don't know why Awesome! A great nostalgic trip down memory lane! I can't believe this "game reviewer" from Game Revolution.... " I don't know why they chose to put Magic Sword along with Final Fight... maybe since it's not very famous? Or because they wanted to make money on a game no one really remembers? Seriously, I've been around and playing for decades and never heard of it before." Really? What backwater place have you been playing video games in for decades that you've never heard of Magic Sword? Are you kidding me? Full Review »