Bloodsport vs. Balance of Power – 9 Reasons Why Bloodsport Works Better

6. Bloodsport is Less Derivative


While I’m sure Bloodsport reuses a lot of elements and ideas from the fighting genre, it feels less derivative than Balance of Power.

While Bloodsport definitely pays homage to previous works like Enter the Dragon:


Balance of Power seems like it’s trying to simply re-create what’s already popular. Like this final strike from Niko that echoes Bruce Lee’s attack in Enter the Dragon:

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Or how this seems like a deliberate (but poor) recreation of the Jackson character / fight:

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Or how Takamura seems to be an attempt at recreating Chong Li, but without the great physical characterization Bolo Yeung performed.


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