Violent Storm is an arcade Beat 'em Up made by Konami released in 1993, and their final foray into the genre along with Metamorphic Force.In an unspecified future, the world is recovering after World War III destroyed most of it. The main characters Boris, Wade, and Kyle are a group of vigilantes protecting the innocents from thugs, the most dangerous being the "Geld Gang". One day, their friend Sheena is kidnapped by a member of the Geld Gang and thus they go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to save her. But really, who cares for the plot in a game like this?Konami's farewell to the beat'em up genre, this arcade release features superb graphics with huge, fluidly animated sprites, an insane lyriced soundtrack and an impressive variety of moves. Though it may look like a blatant ripoff of Final Fight at first, but that's really the point; it celebrates the classics of the beat-em-up genre as much as it makes fun of them, and does many improvements on the formula anyway.It is commonly considered a third game of the Crime Fighters series, though Violent Storm was never advertised as such. Some patterns include the theme and genre, as well as a 2-year release between all three games.
The Apunkalypse: Though a very light version. Although all the elements are there - leather vests, spiky armor, several punks; the world seems perfectly fine despite that. There's even fully functional trains and an untouched peaceful park with fountains and gates. It's almost like the apocalypse happened and no one, after changing clothes and getting ripped, really cared.
Difficulty By Region: A small example; the Japanese version allows extra lives when you reach a certain number of points while the other versions have extends turned off by default (but that can be changed in the service mode). Otherwise, they're identical.
Muscles Are Meaningless: Generally averted, but Wade and Kyle subvert this trope. If they try to throw heavier enemies, they'll struggle a bit unless you either mash buttons for it to be successful or knee them a couple of times for an easier throw. Without proper button mashing, they will collapse under the enemy weight, losing some health.
New Game+: Completing the game on one credit unlocks the "Violent Round" mode, which is the game all over again with much more cruel enemy placement, different background colors, blood splatters (if they're not turned on in the dip-switches) and other weird changes to the level design. For example, the first half of the third level has fewer enemies but only gives you thirty seconds to beat it.
Recycled Soundtrack: The music used during the Drigger and Julius fights is remixed from the TMNT arcade games. The common boss theme is original but one part of it is a reference to the boss music of the X-Men arcade game. The fourth stage music is like a combination of the night vision music from Lethal Enforcers and the fourth stage music from Super Contra.