I have always been a fan of the Fatal Fury series. This anthology was a dream come true because most of these games were hard to find at the local arcade. The fact that i could play the first four games without waiting in line or wasting quarters upon quarters is definitely worth it. Having said that, these games are every bit hard as i remember. The first game has the hardest boss and the first in the still standing SNK tradition of insanely cheap final bosses. It is also the hardest to play as not all the moves are as easy to execute as the latter games. The next three games age a lot better as the graphics and game play are improved dramatically. I highly recommend this game to anyone willing to put up with 80's and early 90's graphics and music in order to revisit a fighting game franchise that is still somewhat alive today.
Main problem with this collection is that most of it simply hasn't aged that well. While it is interesting to see where a good number of SNK fighting characters go their start, playing the first 3 of 4 games in this mini-anthology is kind of painful.
The controls and on-screen actions are fairly out of synch, making them feel like a gimmicked SF2 instead of its own title.
Fatal Fury 3, however, actually offers a number of cool innovations worth checking out.
So, worth a rental for those who are die-hard fighter game enthusiasts.
posted by cubegamer (PRESQUE ISLE, ME) Oct 29, 2007
Member since Oct 2007
Being a Fatal Fury fan; I never thought that this would ever happen and I am so glad that it did. Having not just 1 or 2 or even 3 but 4 Fatal Fury games in one package should be a dream come true for FF and SNK fans - and it is (at least I think so).
Sure the first game is really dated and the control is really stiff and the actual game is sloooow; these aspects get better and better each game that is there until you get to the best of the whole collection, "Fatal Fury 3."
Graphics and sound, not to mention the controls and overall gameplay is utterly faithful and that can be a good thing and a bad thing but it's true to the original and that's where it really counts.
Only drawback I can think of is the lack of extras on the disc. But for such a low price and having near Neo-Geo perfect versions of Fatal Fury; it's not really that important (more so when you consider that these at one time where around a few hundred a cartridge).
SNK and 2D fighting fans should consider this one a purchase; I know I do.