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Fatal Fury Battle Archives Vol. 2 is easily the best SNK anthology currently available. So it’s a little spares on the extras. Yeah, there are only three games to play on it. But those three games make up some of the best titles that SNK has ever offered. It develops the gameplay so much further than the older trilogy; you’ll be able to see the series evolve from simplistic combat mechanics into an intricate array of strategies rivaling those of current fighters. The sidestepping system lays the foundation for some incredibly intense and fast-paced battles. The sheer amount of playable characters offers more than enough variety to keep you coming back for more. The graphics increase in quality with each successive title, letting you see the characters morph from pixelated sprites into fluidly animated fighting machines. So don’t just pass this collection off as just another re-release of SNK’s archaic titles; if there was ever a reason to prefer quality over quantity, this game is it.
This compilation is even better because not only does it offer three solid fighting games, it does it at a fantastic price point of only $20. SNK fans owe it to themselves to go out there and purchase a copy of this solid compilation, and relive fond memories playing three arcade classics. Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 2 is also in limited production, so don't expect to find a copy of the game readily available in the future - grab one now.
Cutting to the chase, Fatal Fury Battle Archives vol. 2 is not a bad purchase by any means. At the bargain price of $20, there’s a lot of fun to be had. As per usual, though, fighting gamers will have rushed out to pick up their copies of this game at this point, and nobody else will even give it a second look. Well, if there’s somebody out there looking for some inexpensive fighting game fun, and they don’t care about graphics (as they shouldn’t), then this game is worth getting. If you're a fighting game fan...there's no excuse not to already own this.
SNK is behind some of the best fighting games of all times. The Fatal Fury series was a long running series that produced many of fighting's greatest characters and stories. It's the 15th anniversary since the original Fatal Fury was released, and it's really cool of SNK to put together this compilation for a whole new generation to enjoy. At a budget price of just $15, this is another must have for fighting fans.
As with most of the compilation packages I've reviewed, it always amazes me that extra content wasn't poured onto the disc. It's a missed opportunity that extras like developer interviews, bonus wallpapers, and concept art because these always provide some kind of insight into the development of a game series and how it might have changed from the original vision. The only extra you get is the ability to alter the color scheme of the characters. That's pretty limp, but the games themselves are good enough to stand on their own as a worthy purchase for collectors and those that may be curious about the series.
If you are a fighting game fan, this is a definite buy, if only to watch the evolution of the characters through the series. If you are looking for a cheap thrill for your aging PS2, this also deserves a look. This compilation isn’t perfect, but those looking to expand their PS2 collections, or fighting game fans, should definitely pick this up.
Newcomer or not, the asking price of less than $20 is a fantastic value for three classic (and formerly expensive) arcade fighting titles. There's not a lot of variety or extra content here, but these three very solid and deep fighting games alone are well worth the asking price.
Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 is still a worthy pick-up for fighting fans and Neo-Geo fanatics. All three Real Bout games have something to offer, and it'll keep you busy until SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 drops later this week.
Our biggest beef with Volume 2 is the lack of online play (the Japanese version offered it, but cost more). Also, the absence of any sort of bonus content feels like a glaring omission. Considering that this is a collection of classics, some development artwork or historical background would've been nice addition for Fatal Fury fans. Still, we can't whine too loudly, considering that Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Vol. 2 gives you three solid fighting games for roughly the price of a couple fast food lunches.
(Apr 21, 2008)
Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 is a fine collection of games that feel far more refined than their predecessors. Although I sound like a broken record, I have to say that getting three classic titles for under twenty bucks is a pretty fair deal and you can't really complain about the lack of bonus content. But at the same time, I'm getting weary of seeing the exact same structure in these SNK compilations. Hopefully future releases will be a bit different.
If you want to finish off your Fatal Fury collection, this works well. The games are old but fun and run without any dramatic hitches. Fighting game fans shouldn't have any serious concerns when picking this one up.
Fighting fans will find a lot to like about the second volume of the Fatal Fury: Battle Archives compilation and the final three games are simply the best of the bunch. The budget price is also just right for the three games that are represented well in this collection that is sure to please Fatal Fury fans or those fighting game enthusiasts that enjoy the classics.
The featureless presentation by SNK also somewhat diminishes the appeal of Battle Archives Volume 2. For its fans and the curious, I would suggest Volume 1 over Volume 2 (both together if you can), making well and sure that you come to the party expecting a time warp and not a radical new experience.
After playing the first Fatal Fury compilation, I figured I had seen all the series had to offer. Not even close! Apparently SNK also released three "Real Bout" editions of Fatal Fury, which take the series to the next level! Well, not really, but it sounded good.
The most puzzling omission, however, is Garou: Mark of the Wolves (1999), which makes the Fatal Fury saga painfully incomplete. Had SNK included it as an unlockable bonus after completing milestones in each of the three titles, Battle Archives 2 would be more deserving of your attention. While the developers included a practice mode, arranged music option, an in-game move list, and a color-editing feature, these aren't exactly things that set hearts racing. Nostalgic gamers will still find Battle Archives 2 a satisfying purchase based on the quality of the included titles, but those expecting a little more flash for their cash will be disappointed.