After having looked at some more recent fare in the past few weeks, Co-Op Classics will now focus its attention on the golden age of the arcade. Back in 1991, the side scrolling brawler was the undisputed king of co-op. TMNT: Turtles in Time, the Dungeons and Dragons series, and X-Men: The Arcade Game all came from this time period. While reliving these old glory days with some friends via MAME, we stumbled upon a beat em up masterpiece: Vendetta. I don't think I have played a more unintentionally funny game in my entire life! After reading about it, I am sure you will agree.
I won't focus on gameplay too much when talking about Vendetta. What you see is really what you get. You move, you punch, you kick, you beat up bad guys; it's very simple. Vendetta truly stands out, though, in its over the top nature. The characters, the boss battles, and the not so subtle innuendo all combine to crank it up to eleven, if you will.