Video Game Reviews Fatal Fury Mark of the Wolves Dreamcast

“Fatal Fury” or “Garou: Mark of the Wolves” is the last so far in the “Fatal Fury” series before SNK-Playmore put more focus toward its “King of Fighters” series. So far, this is one of the best 2D games that I had come across.
This is something that keeps true to the spirit of SNK-Playmore’s Fatal Fighter series. Before SNK-Playmore focused mainly on King of Fighters, Fatal Fury was one of the prime flagship series. The popularity of Fatal Fury rivaled that of Capcom’s “Street Fighter” series.

Storyline: S+

Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves beautifully keeps true to the continuity of the Fatal Fury series. So far, the series is set about ten years in the future from the last Fatal Fury game. Also, there might be some influences from “King of Fighters 2001” in which Southtown got decimated by the Zero Cannon. One must play the King of Fighters series to understand the Zero Cannon.

So far, Southtown was rebuilt and made into “Second Southtown.” In a sense, Southtown was reborn. Overall, the game brings together a new cast of characters that are drawn to this new “King of Fighters” tournament.

Characters: S+

Just about the entire cast with the exception of Terry Bogard is completely new. Terry remains the only original character in the game.

Other characters are either family members and/or disciples. However, there are plenty of true original characters as well. So far, I am impressed with the new characters in the game.

So far, it seems to be SNK-Playmore’s answer to Capcom’s “Street Fighter III: The Next Generation.” It tends to focus on the next generation of Southtown’s fighters.

Terry Bogard

Terry Bogard returns. This time, he is one of the two starring characters. However, he does look the same. But, his clothes are a bit more different. He no longer wears his trademark red baseball cap. He sports a pair of jeans and a bomber jacket.

Rock Howard

Rock Howard, the son of late Southtown crime boss Geese Howard, is the second main character. Rock has become the protg of Geese Howard and Terry Bogard. Overall, this adventure revolves around Rock.

Kim Dong Hwan

Dong Hwan is the oldest son of a notable Fatal Fury fighter, Kim Kaphwan. He tends to have his different style. Dong Hwan tends to be a cocky Casanova. His special attacks are infused with electricity.

Kim Jae Hoon

Jae Hoon is the youngest son of Kim Kaphwan. In a sense, Dong Hwan and Jae Hoon are the equivalent to Yun and Yang Lee of Street Fighter III: The Next Generation. Jae Hoon could be the equivalent to Yang while Dong Hwan is the equivalent to Yun. Jae Hoon really takes up after his father.

Hotaru Futaba

Hotaru is a Japanese girl skilled in Chinese Kempo. She is in the tournament to find her long lost brother. Hotaru tends to be pretty fast and agile as a result.

Gato

Gato is a Japanese guy skilled in Chinese Kempo. So far, Gato makes a very nice addition to the Fatal Fury series. Judging from Gato’s appearance, he is a complete bad@$$. He has the physique, clothing, and personality.
Gato is perhaps one of the best characters in Mark of the Wolves.

Hokutomaru

Hokutomaru is the youngest of the cast members. He is a young and reckless ninja. Hokutomaru is a student of the now famous Shiranui school of Nin-Jutsu.

Bonne Janet (B. Janet)

B. Janet is an interesting character in the game. She is the leader of a group of pirates known as the Lilian Pirates. All she cares about is raiding the main antagonist’s mansion and taking his riches.

Khushnood Butt In the Japanese version, he is known as Marco Rodriguez. I had a WTF look at his last name. What respecting person would have the last name of “Butt?” Despite the name, Butt is instrumental for the influence of the Kyokugen Karate

School. He is a student of Ryo Sakazaki from the “Art of Fighting” series.

Kevin Rian

Kevin could be the “Blue Mary” of the game. Kevin is a special tactics police officer of Second Southtown PD. So far, it seems that Kevin is a fresh and original addition to the cast of Fatal Fury.

Freeman

Freeman is quite interesting. He tends to be “freakish” and uses all sorts of brutal attacks. Freeman joins the cast as the bizarre fighter of the game.

Grant

Grant is the mid-boss of the game. He has a very interesting look. The guy is a sorcerer that dabbles in the black arts. The guy is known for his demonic mask, cape, and Karate pants.

Kain R. Heinlein

Kain is the main antagonist of the game. His reasons for holding the tournament are revealed. It turns out that he has a hatred of Geese Howard.

Graphics: A+

The graphics are an improvement from the rest of the Fatal Fury games. Overall, I have to say that I am quite satisfied with the graphics.

It does keep true to the Fatal Fury series.

Game Play: S+

Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves keeps true to the Fatal Fury series. In order to play Fatal Fury, you need to simply think of it as playing a game of Street Fighter. So far, there is a super meter with two levels. When the first meter is filled up, you can perform a super attack. When the second meter is filled up, you can perform a more powerful version of that super attack.

A new addition is the “Tactical Offense Position.” It is a special area on the life gauge. You can set it to when you have full life, half way, or barely any life. When your life gauge reaches that area you can use the special T.O.P. attack. You can gradually regain life and increase your attack damage. As another twist, you will need to get at least a rank of AAA if you want to fight Kain. Overall, I have seen that Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves is a good way to reenergize Fatal Fury.

Overall: S+

Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves is one of the best 2D fighting games that I had ever come across.

If you are a fan of fighting games, it is something you should get. So far, I am glad to have gotten a copy of that game for my Dreamcast.