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Fatal Fury (Neo Geo)

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MobyRank
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SNK jumps on the bandwagon with a mediocre, yet favorably remembered fighter. DarkBubble (370) unrated
My personal favorite beat-em-up Multimedia Mike (17464) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 4.2


The Press Says

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100
GamePro (US)
Fatal Fury is an adrenalin-pumping, street fighting type game that will dish out hours of beat-'em-up pleasure. It's especially fun to beat up your friends in the versus mode. The graphics are a Neo Geo knockout, and the characters move crisply. the music is wonderful! If you're hungry for knock down, drag out street fighting with special techniques, beat up on Fatal Fury!
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
No compromises have been made in the graphics department, the character sprites are huge and excellently drawn, with lots of great animation. It's the action that shines more than anything, though. Out of the most recent batch of Neo Geo releases, Fatal Fury is up there with the best of 'em, so get your parents to re-mortgage the house and go get it.
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1UP!
SNK est un peu le grand couturier des jeux vidéo, ou plus exactement un styliste très à la mode. Et ce n'est pas qu'une métaphore ! Le design vestimentaire de leurs personnages est indissociable de leur charme meurtrier. Jouer à Fatal Fury est un bon moyen de s'en convaincre, parce que cet atout justement lui fait défaut. A part Terry, aucun personnage n'est vraiment cool. C'est peut-être l'absence de cette élégance provocante, perceptible dans tout le design du jeu, qui constitue la différence cruciale entre ce SNK d'antan et celui des King of Fighters. Bien évidemment, Fatal Fury était trop modeste et sa jouabilité trop frustrante pour se placer d'entrée comme un jeu de combat exceptionnel, mais plus encore que ces deux défauts, c'est le style de SNK, moderne, sexy, arrogant, qui n'est pas encore né.
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Pixel-Heroes.de
Auch wenn "Fatal Fury" spielerisch nicht ganz so stark ausgefallen ist, punktet es dafür in anderen Belangen, vor allem in der technischen Darbietung. Angefangen beim Auswahlbildschirm mit dem kurzen, aber recht kultigen Sound wird vor allem das Auge mit schönsten Grafiken verwöhnt. Bei den zum Teil stark animierten und mit sehr vielen Details versehenen Hintergründen, die bei jeder Kampfrunde in einem anderen Tageslicht erstrahlen, muss sich damals wohl jedem Betrachter die Netzhaut vom Auge gepellt haben. =) Heutzutage gehört derartiges zum Standard eines jeden Beat´em up´s, das in der oberen Liga mitspielen möchte. Dieser Standard wurde aber eindeutig von SNK mit "Fatal Fury" begründet. Animationen der Kampftechniken sowie der Sound im Allgemeinen sind bei "Fatal Fury" ebenfalls als sehr gut zu bezeichnen, weshalb das Spiel von der technischen Seite her betrachtet anfangs jedem anderen Prügler die Show stahl.
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The Video Game Critic
The number of moves is limited, and special moves are often hard to execute. Still, they do inflict major damage, resulting in surprisingly brief matches. The time limit for each round is 45 seconds - half that of Street Fighter 2. One unique feature is how the characters battle on two planes, moving between the foreground and background. This inter-plane movement is mostly automatic however, and it can be confusing. I really love the scenery - particularly the carnival, subway station, and beach. The rain in the Howard Arena stage looks like crap though! It's just a bunch of white lines! A terrific bonus stage lets you arm-wrestle a guy by tapping a button, and it's pretty intense. Despite clearly showing its age, Fatal Fury still packs some old school charm.
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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Most of this is acceptable for a first attempt, but the sequel is simply too hard to ignore. That game changed everything, including adding tolerable US box art. Fans who have stayed behind SNK for years will find this interesting to see how things started, and then simply move on to better playing titles.
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Defunct Games
Contrary to popular opinion, the first Fatal Fury is not a good game. It was a rushed project, tossed into the market place in pace with Street Fighter II. However, not only does Fatal Fury not come close to Street Fighter, but it doesn't even come close to Mortal Kombat!