Fighter's History Dynamite / Karnov's Revenge


Fighter's History was probably the most blatant rip-off of Street Fighter 2 in history (hence the title). Lo and behold, Data East had the audacity to make a sequel a year after the release of the original, even after Capcom tried to sue them for ripping off SF2.

If you're a Street Fighter 2 knock-off and you know it, hold up your fist!

Fighter's History Dynamite
(also known as Karnov's Revenge) is at least an improvement over the original. The sequel adds playable bosses (Clown and Karnov) and two new characters: Zazie & Yungmie. Besides a better selection of playable characters and some new backgrounds, the game itself really hasn't changed very much in terms of looks or gameplay.

While playing Karnov's Revenge, there's just no way to shake the feeling that this game is trying to be Street Fighter 2 with a different cast of characters. For the second time around, it doesn't offer any true innovation to the fighting game genre. Although, you could unlock a special fight against a bull if you beat the game without losing a single round, but who the hell would want to play this game for that long? Needless to say, I never fought against the bull...

Karnov... the first boss from Bad Dudes.




Page Updated: September 3rd, 2014
Developer(s): Data East
Publisher(s): Data East
Platform(s): Arcade, Sega Saturn
Release Date(s): 1994
Characters Ray McDougal, Makoto Mizoguchi, Liu Feilin, Jean Pierre, Ryoko, Matlock Jade, Samchay, Lee Diendou, Marstorius, Clown, Zazie Muhaba, Yungmie, Karnov, Ox

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Related Games: Fighters History, King of Fighters Maximum Impact: Regulation A, Street Fighter 2, X-Men: Children of the Atom, Samurai Shodown 2, Darkstalkers, Killer Instinct, Tekken, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo

Gameplay Engine  3.5 / 10
Story / Theme  3.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  5.5 / 10
Animation  5.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  4.0 / 10
Innovation  2.5 / 10
Art Direction  2.5 / 10
Customization  2.0 / 10
Options / Extras  4.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  3.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  2.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  3.5 / 10
Characters  3.5 / 10

 3.5 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version     


Final Words:

If you could somehow get past the fact that Fighters History was a shameless SF2 knock-off, and somehow managed to enjoy playing it, you must've been forced to... because there were far superior fighting games to play in 1994.

For starters: How about X-Men: Children of the Atom, Samurai Shodown 2, Darkstalkers, Killer Instinct, Tekken or maybe even Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo?!? You can't make a case that Karnov's Revenge even comes close to competing with any of those games.

Maybe if Fighters History was the ONLY working video game at your local arcade... then you might've had an excuse to enjoy this game. Actually, I take that back, there were still better things you could have been doing... like sticking your face in dirt, for instance. 
~TFG Webmaster

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