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Violent Storm (バイオレントストーム) is a 1993 side-scrolling beat-'em-up for arcades produced by Konami. In the 1990s, World War III has at last ended. The people are left to pick up the pieces and rebuild their civilizations. However, vicious gangs that prey on these defenseless citizens are obstructing the reconstruction. The main protagonists are Boris, Wade and Kyle, three brave fighters who protect the fearful and helpless. Their largest problem is the corrupt, incorrigible, ruthless and lethal gang known as The Geld Gang. They have commissioned an array of thugs: purple-haired, leather-clad, chain-wielding, lead-pipe swinging, masked, martial artists, orange-mohawked, and men who use manhole covers as shields. One day, when the trio is patrolling the streets, alert, ready and able to help those in need, they see a woman named Sheena (a friend of theirs) waving at them as she walks across the street from a supermarket with groceries. A moment later, Lord Geld's right-hand man, Red Freddy, snatches her away on his motorcycle. Now, the three braves must save Sheena from the grips of Lord Geld. In Violent Storm, up to three players can choose between Wade, Boris and Kyle, who have different fighting styles, speed and moves, some of which are hidden. Players must guide them through 7 different stages, in order of appearance: a declined town, a runaway train, in the taverns with trap doors, inside a metal furnace, a botanic garden, a bay area near the sea and finally Lord Geld's museum. Along the way, if the players clash with any enemy, they will wallop, sock, pommel, whip and slug against the players, sometimes with weapons like knives, lead pipes, bombs, bolts of electricity, spiked balls on chains, garbage cans, vise grips, molten metal and a myriad of other deadly armament. Wade – The balanced character and the de facto leader of the trio. His specialty is the uppercut. Boris – The powerhouse of the group with unmatched damage. He has four different devastating throws and backbreakers at his disposal, and is able to hit fallen enemies with the pipe. Kyle – The quick character of the three, whose lower damage is compensated for by his speed. He can fire off rapid kicks that are excellent at stopping charging enemies. If Wade or Kyle attempt a regular throw on a heavy enemy or boss, the foe may sometimes free himself and flatten them instead (unless the player presses the Attack button repeatedly). Only Boris is capable of lifting all enemies above the ground to throw or piledrive them into a location of the player's choosing. In Japan, Game Machine listed Violent Storm on their November 1, 1993 issue as being the 21st most-successful table arcade unit at the time. In Europe, the game was selling well through January 1994. In North America, RePlay reported Violent Storm to be the tenth most-popular arcade game in July 1994.. ^"KONAMI MYSTIC WARRIOR BASED HARDWARE". System 16: The Arcade Museum. ^"Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). Amusement Press, Inc. November 1, 1993. ^"International News: Japan". ^"Player's Choice - Top Games Now in Operation, Based on Earnings-Opinion Poll of Operators: Best Video Software". RePlay Publishing, Inc. Violent Storm at Arcade History. Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Violent_Storm&oldid=1072667561". Violent Storm is the final beat-em-up Konami would release for quite some time, and the final one of any real worth. It’s a rather bittersweet ending, not because Violent Storm is a bad game to end it all on, but because it’s far and beyond Konami’s best work in the genre. That makes it even sadder to realize this is the last beat-em-up we’d see from them until the PlayStation 2 era. Even then, all we got from that were some rather mediocre games based off of the 2003 TMNT series. It’s quite unlike anything they’ve done before, and maybe that’s what makes it so good. Some call this the third game in the trilogy that began with Crime Fighters, but Violent Storm plays so differently and shares so little with it and Vendetta, that it seems somewhat doubtful. It’s the post-apocalypse, and the criminal organization Geld are being a bunch of jerks. While Sheena, the girlfriend of our heroes, is out shopping, she ends up getting captured and dragged off into their territory. Because even when it’s the end of the world, you just can’t stop gangs from kidnapping your lady friends. And so, Wade, the average guy, Boris, the strong one, and Kyle, the weak but fast guy set off to beat up everybody and get Sheena back. The post-apocalypse isn’t a setting you see often for a brawler, but it’s handled here in a pretty unusual way. Violent Storm might be brightest, cheeriest nuclear holocaust depicted in media next to Adventure Time, and it’s a little jarring. The sun’s usually shining, everything’s made up of bright colors, and you’ll often encounter people in the background just sitting and having a good time. It’s a pretty unique take on the whole setting, however, especially one that hasn’t really been done in many brawlers, so it gets points for that. Compared to Konami’s other brawlers, Violent Storm takes almost completely after Capcom’s Final Fight. It’s a bit of a sudden change from Konami’s somewhat looser style, but you can’t fault what works. The movelist is a little bit wider than Capcom’s game, however, as every character has a low-hitting attack and a dashing attack, done by moving the joystick diagonally down and hitting a button. The dashing attack is especially useful, since it doesn’t cost you any health to use, and you can even cancel it into a forward jump if you need the extra distance. You can also hit enemies while they’re down, or pull them into a grapple. This is especially useful for Boris, since, as the grappler, you’re going to want to piledrive people as often as possible. So, it might not be the most original brawler Konami’s ever put out. It is, however, spectacularly fun in just about every way. Everything about this game just facilitates fun.