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Special's great gameplay and likeable characters make it one of the best fighting games around. Anyone and everyone who enjoys one-on-one fighting games should check this one out for it's humour first, but then stick around for the great fighting action.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Most people though don't rush out and buy a video game for their locales. There are far more important things to be concerned with here. That's a classic Geo game, easily catching up to the Street Fighter series with each new addition. If you only have Fatal Fury 2, this is a mandatory upgrade. If you have Special, don't bother with earlier title. It eclipses it on practically every level.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
One of the best tournament fighting games out there. It has everything: awesome graphics, superb gameplay, decent sound and lots of characters with plenty of moves.
But why, you ask yourselves, would I want to buy yet another beat ‘em up for my machine? Well, given that a) you have an obscene amount of money and b) you wouldn’t have brought a Neo Geo in the first place if you weren’t a beat ‘em up fan, you’d be pretty daft to miss out on this as it’s the best game in this excellent series, and the second best beat ‘em up (after Samurai Shodown) available on your system.
All Game Guide
Fatal Fury Special is a very good game, and fighter fans who haven't played Fatal Fury 2 should get FFS. The decision of whether warrants a purchase is more difficult for fighter fans that have experienced FF2. If you really enjoyed Fatal Fury 2 and can't get enough of the gameplay, then Fatal Fury Special is the perfect game for you. If, however, you're looking for an improvement on the gameplay, Fatal Fury Special doesn't have it.
The Video Game Critic
Sporting terrific graphics and amazing playability, this one-on-one fighter is terrific. The 15 characters are huge and diverse, although I personally think there are too many ugly fat guys and not enough females (only one!). I noticed some definite resemblances to SF2 characters, particularly Sagat (Joe) and Chun Li (Mai). The backgrounds are colorful, imaginative, and many scroll sideways, but what's with the purple water? Anyway, the gameplay is what really counts, and Fatal Fury Special delivers big time. There are two punch and two kick buttons, and the SF2-inspired special moves are easy to execute. The CPU opponent is surprisingly clever and won't fall for the standard strategies. One original aspect of FFS is the ability to fight on two planes. By pressing A and B together, you can move between the foreground and background, and can even execute special attacks while moving between them. It's a cool effect and it adds a new dimension to the gameplay - literally.