Final Vendetta is A Soulless Arcade Homage

Imitation isn’t always flattering

Alex Rowe
7 min readMay 16, 2024

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Final Vendetta’s protagonist Claire stands on a street next to a dude and some random silver bars that came out of a barrel.
Final Vendetta’s opening stage, borrowed heavily from Double Dragon. PC screenshot taken by the author.

I love a good side-scrolling arcade brawler. I grew up playing this genre extensively, both on arcade machines and home consoles. It’s hard to pick a true favorite as there are so many standout examples of this genre, particularly if you look back twenty or thirty years. Double Dragon, Final Fight, Knights of the Round, Dungeons and

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Alex Rowe

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