Video Game Reviews Fatal Fury Wild Ambition Playstation 1

In the 1990s, 3D fighting games have become quite popular. Namco, Sega, and Tecmo had pretty much dominated the 3D fighting game industry. Capcom had taken notice and tried to come up with its own answer in the form of the “Street Fighter EX” series. However, that series was not quite successful. In a sense, this is one of the Street Fighter games that garnered little success. However, it is enjoyed by the diehard Street Fighter fans. Many other companies took notice and tried to jump onto the bandwagon.

SNK, a rival to Capcom in the world of 2D fighting games, had also taken notice. It too tried to jump onto the bandwagon. In 1998, SNK developed and published “Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition.” It is SNK’s answer to Capcom’s Street Fighter EX series. SNK has several popular 2D fighting games with Fatal Fury being one of them. However, it was not quite as successful.

• Storyline: C-

It would seem that there is the apparent lack of a storyline in Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition for the most part. So far, the game does take place in the fictitious North American city known as Southtown. Again, it would seem that there is a new King of Fighters tournament taking place. This is Fatal Fury’s equivalent to Street Fighter’s World Warrior Tournament.

• Characters: B+

Many characters do return in the game. The returning characters are: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Mai Shiranui, Kim Kaphwan, Billy Kane, Raiden, Ryuji Yamazaki, Li Xiangfei, Ryo Sakazaki, Duck King, and Geese Howard.

Geese is the main boss of the game. Xiangfei is a secret character in the arcade version. The PlayStation version has Ryo and Duck as secret characters.

They are joined by two new characters: Touji Sakata and Tsugumi Sendo. Touji is an old man that trains in a style of Aiki Jiu-Jitsu. According to his storyline, he is somewhat linked to Geese Howard and Blue Mary Ryan. Tsugumi is a high school girl from Osaka, Japan who is taught the art of wrestling.

• Graphics: C-

The graphics of Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition were not that great. So far, I liked the way the background stages were. They were diverse and so full of life. However, the game sprites looked to be incredibly blocky for the most part. It seems that SNK just jumped on the bandwagon without doing the proper research. Luckily, it wised up with the release of “King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2” which was released around 2006.

• Game Play: B-

The game play is all right. Think of this as playing Fatal Fury and “The King of Fighters” in 3D. However, this is more of a 2.5D game in which the game play is of a two format and everything else is in a 3D format. It is a 3D game that plays like a 2D game. Also, this is similar to SNK’s other 2.5D fighting game called “Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage.”

• Overall: C

The game is all right for the most part. But, it is very mediocre. If you are a fan of Fatal Fury, play it by all means. You can probably find the game online for a good price. In a sense, it is worth buying and playing.