Metascore
42

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 20 out of 29
  1. 35
    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
  2. 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.
  3. If there's any good reason to purchase, rent or even borrow this game, I haven't found it.
  4. 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]
  5. 30
    While Final Fight: Streetwise isn't broken to the point of being completely unplayable, it is absolutely not worth your time.
  6. Just consider the gorgeous and stunning packages of Resident Evil, Maximo, Devil May Cry or Killer 7. How are we supposed to accept this unpleasant lump of gristle in comparison?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. There's a decent--heck, maybe even somewhat fun--fighting engine burried somewhere beneath the GTA-clone templated debris, but it never has the chance, or find the energy, to rise above the ashes. [May 2006, p.74]
  11. 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]
  12. 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]
  13. The game itself isn't bad in structure and gameplay, but the camera system pretty much dashes all of Final Fight Streetwise's hopes of being a decent title.
  14. Those hoping for a taste of the old good times best look elsewhere, as the game ruins the arcade classic with terrible camera and barebones-simple gameplay.
  15. 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. Foul language is overused to the point where the effect isn't gritty at all. In fact, it's just laughable.
  16. Trying to find enjoyment out of Final Fight: Streetwise is kind of like trying to find a minty Tic-Tac in a dirty ashtray. All you'll find is gritty, unenjoyable substance that unfairly buries a classic gaming franchise.
  17. 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.
  18. Gamers would do well to let the past die and move on.
  19. With this release, the "Final Fight" series has thrown in the towel.
  20. 20
    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.
User Score
4.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Aug 3, 2012
    2
    I'm a big fan of Final Fight's 1 and 2 during the SNES days, but Streetwise just killed the franchise and I think it's time for a reboot. C'mon Capcom, bring back both Final Fight and Darkstalkers the way they were. Remember Street Fighter IV? Take some notes and figure something out for new ways to bring the "f" back in fighting. Full Review »