There are 13 fighters in this game: Asad, Vittoria, Sabre, J.D. Stone, Rena, Kahn, Crusher Ramirez, Shadow, Roxy, Reiji, Vegard, Yin Kai Li, and Daeva. They are assembled for a fighting tournament named the Fist of Fire Tournament, sponsored by an evil organization called the Maladinia.
This game exhibits the following tropes:
- Artistic License – Religion: Asad is supposedly a Muslim extremist, but is covered in tattoos, which are considered haram in Sunni Islam.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: After discovering that Asad's theme music used Quranic verses as a component, Microsoft had the vocals replaced with vaguely foreign-sounding gibberish.
- Bruce Lee Clone: Reiji sports the slender muscular torso, the acrobatic moves, and the high-pitched screams although he is a Japanese Tomonobu Itagaki lookalike with massive scars all over his body.
- Cast of Expies: The cover itself shows more than blatant Tekken inspiration for each and any of the characters (possibly barring Asad, which combines traits of Yoshimitsu, Kazuya, and Jin) if not outright ripping off.
- Dance Battler: Rena uses Capoeira as her fighting style.
- Ms. Fanservice: Vittoria, Rena and Roxy all wear revealing outfits and possess copious amounts of jiggling while moving. Vittoria and Roxy also are blessed with large breasts to go with said jiggling.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Asad fight in revenge for how the organizer of the tournament set his village ablaze.