Video Game: Violent Storm

Who'll be the hero?

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.

This game has examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of both beat'em ups and post-apocalyptic anime like Fist of the North Star.
  • After the End
  • 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.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Ryuken.
  • Ass Kicks You: One of Boris's Aerial moves.
  • Bald of Evil: Dabel and his clones.
  • Bar Brawl: Downtown.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Sheena and the Belly Dancer in stage three.
  • Belly Dancer: One performs in the middle of stage three.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Liza's pallete swap Eliza.
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil: Mr. Julius, Red Freddy, and Geld.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Wade, Kyle and Boris, in that order.
  • Bowdlerise: Sledge was named "Cupper Maki" in the Japanese version.
  • Breath Weapon: Lollypop.
  • Camp: Just look at the main characters.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: There a couple of chairs that can be picked and thrown during the second half of stage three.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: Inverted compared to most brawlers that followed the Final Fight template. Kyle wears green and is the weakest but fastest. Boris wears red and is the strongest but also the slowest, although not as slow compared to other mighty glaciers in brawlers. Wade wears blue and is average between the other two player characters.
  • Combat Stilettos: Eliza and Liza.
  • Cool Car: Your Cadillac the heroes drive in.
  • Damsel in Distress: Sheena.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Red Freddy, whose entire skin is green, mind you. Geld counts too for the purple skin.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Boris.
  • Degraded Boss: Dabel, the first boss, shows up later on as a normal enemy named Bull.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything:
    • If you attack Dabel enough times on the head, his mask will fall off. It can be collected for points.
    • If you destroy a bench an enemy is sleeping on, they'll either die or take damage depending on their health bar. Pots can be thrown at them while they're asleep too.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: Lots of stuff gets broken up in this game.
  • 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.
  • The Dragon: Red Freddy to Lord Geld.
  • Evil Laugh: Red Freddy, Joe, the Spike enemies, Doyle and Geld.
  • Evil Redhead: Crossbones and Liza.
  • Expy: Kyle is like a male incarnation of Chun-Li.note 
  • Extremity Extremist: Kyle only attacks with kicks.
  • Fat Bastard: Lollypop.
  • Femme Fatalons: Inverted with Red Freddy.
  • Fight Clubbing: The heroes take on Drigger in a cage match.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Liza, Gigadeath, and Wade.
  • Hurricane Kick: Wade does one for his desperation attack. Kyle, meanwhile, does a spinning bird kick.
  • Improvised Weapon: One of the oddest examples being the pigs which inexplicably turn into footballs when picked up.note 
  • Knife Nut: Eliza and Liza.
  • Living Statue: Julius is a statue brought to life by Red Freddy.
  • Macho Camp: Julius.
    "Beauty is power!"
  • Meteor Move: Boris has a piledriver as one of his attacks. No spinning, unfortunately.
  • 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.
  • Narcissist / The Fighting Narcissist: MR. JULIUS!
  • 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Red Freddy is an anorexic, effeminate ripoff of Blanka.
    • Lord Geld pre-boss fight is a squeaky-voiced Tetsuo.
    • The recurring "Lollypop" enemy is a fat version of Abodo, combined with Big Ben's ability to breathe fire.
    • Sledge is a ninja turtle parody, though his attack pattern is based on Rolento.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Most bosses start with one of these.
  • The Quincy Punk: Crossbones and Doyle.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Kyle can do the kick variation.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Song Style Shift: During the 2nd half of Stage 3, a bellydancer appears on-stage in the background, accompanied by Arabic music. About 28 seconds in, it shifts into a fusion of rock and new jack swing.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Red Freddy is misspelled as "Red Fredy" due to space issues.
  • Visual Pun: Footballs are often called "pigskins" and when you pick up one of the piglets inside the train in Stage 2, it will turn into a football you can throw at enemies as a weapon.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Geld has this when he changes his size.
  • You Get Knocked Down, You Get Back Up Again: Averted, you can attack knocked-down enemies, something that is rare for the genre but not for Konami-made games.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Lollypop and Lollypop Jr.
  • Wall Jump: Wade, Boris, and Kyle can all do this.
  • Widget Series
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Boris is filled with more wrestling moves than Mike Haggar and Max Thunder combined.

...and-I'll-be-there-yes-I-will!
'fo I rescue Sheena,
You think you can beat us,