Video Game Reviews Fatal Fury 2 Arcade

In 1992, SNK had developed and published this game called “Fatal Fury 2.” During the 1990s, Capcom had dominated the field of 2D fighting games with its “Street Fighter” series. SNK became a formidable rival with some of its series such as: “Samurai Shodown,” “Art of Fighting,” and “Fatal Fury.” Fatal Fury 2 has proven to be quite the decent fighting game. Originally, it would be ported to SNK’s Neo-Geo arcade console. Then, it would be ported to different gaming consoles. Fatal Fury has been one of the series that enabled SNK to keep up with Capcom.

Storyline: A

In a sense, this does somewhat mirror the storyline of Street Fighter. In the first Street Fighter game, people enter the World Warriors Tournament to go up against the champion Sagat. In the case of the first Fatal Fury game, the fighters go up against Southtown’s crime boss Geese Howard who apparently falls to his death at the end of the game. In Street Fighter II, the new boss is M. Bison and his Shadaloo Organization. In Fatal Fury 2, Geese’s half-brother Wolfgang Krauser heads the tournament.

However, the tournament is not limited to Southtown. Krauser holds the tournament across the world.

Characters: A

Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi from the original game return. The rest of the cast members are new. New characters are: Big Bear a.k.a. Raiden, Jubei Yamada, Cheng Sinzan, Kim Kaphwan, and Mai Shiranui. They would become very important characters to the Fatal Fury franchise. Non-playable characters are: Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Laurence Blood, and Wolfgang Krauser. In this respect, Krauser and the three are like M. Bison and his three generals.

Axel Hawk is like Balrog, a former heavyweight boxer. Billy Kane is your staff fighter. Laurence Blood is similar to Vega. However, Blood is a matador who bases his fighting style around that art.

Graphics: B-

The graphics are somewhat of an improvement. However, I have to say that the game sprites were still quite a bit bulky for the most part. In a sense, the animators could have done better. Street Fighter II’s character sprites were better done and so forth. Perhaps it shows the superiority of Capcom’s CPS-1 board over SNK’s Neo Geo MVS board.

Game Play: B

If you know how to play Street Fighter II, you should be able to play Fatal Fury 2. The game play is fairly simple as you pick as one of the eight playable characters, beat up the other characters, and win the game. It is pretty much simple fun. However, I felt the arcade version of this game was the best. You have your special moves, power moves, and your super special move. A lot of things were added to the game.

Overall: B

Fatal Fury 2 is definitely a game that really brings back the memories. It does make a good alternative to Street Fighter II. If you have an arcade emulator, you should definitely download a copy of the game ROM.