Review by Macintosh User

Reviewed: 06/28/04

Fatal Fury 2 Takes Fighting to a Whole New Level

Fatal Fury 2 is a huge step in the right direction for SNK. A great game in its own right, its hard to imagine this is the sequel to Fatal Fury. It is, and it greatly improves on that version in every way imaginable. Adding more characters, better graphics, cool music, better controls, everything is revamped and simply better. This game is the prequel to my favorite of the series, Fatal Fury Special, and although it is not quite that good, it still is a major improvement upon the original and is definately a sign that SNK was learning from their mistakes.

(gameplay - 8)
The gameplay in Fatal Fury 2 is so much better than the original that it doesn't even come close. The characters are well balanced and all of them are strong. The moves are easy to pull off and the controls feel very tight and responsive. The two-plane fighting system is intact and better than ever. The ability to jump from one plane to the other really creates a strategy and puts the skilled fighter at an advantage. The game is very playable and enjoyable as such.

(story - 9)
Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi are out to get Geese Howard and Wolfgang Krauser. Krauser is related to Geese and is the boss of this game. He is a tough German dude with long hair and a bad attitude. He really stands out as a cool boss character. This game has plenty of other fighters to choose from, and they all want to exact some kind of vengeance on Krauser.

(graphics - 8, sound - 8)
The graphics have been drastically improved over the original game. The characters are much larger and better animated. The backgrounds are colorful and have lots of animation and detail. SNK really came out with their guns blazing here. The game looks like a Street Fighter 2 clone but really has a lot to offer on its own behalf. The characters have portraits next to the life bars, which is a cool touch. The characters are large colorful and highly detailed. The stages are really well done too. The sound on this game is very good. Some of the best music can be found on this game. At least the best music on a fighting game that is. The sound effects are well done and really have a nice sound to them. I think SNK really outdid themselves with this game both graphically and sound-wise.

(replayability - 8)
This game is very fun to play and offers a wide variety of characters to choose from. This game is definately high in replay value due to the sheer amount of fighters and the quality of the gameplay. The graphics are great, the music is good, and really there is nothing here that isn't to like. It is challenging but not overly difficult. Really this game shines as a high-quality SNK fighter worthy of challenging Street Fighter 2.

(recommendations)
Fatal Fury 2 was quickly replaced with the better Fatal Fury Special but this game is excellent. It provided SNK with all the tools to create Fatal Fury Special and is definately worthy of purchasing. With a large amount of characters, cool graphics, good music, and high replay value, this game is fun for any fighting fan and could turn lots of gamers into avid Neo fans. This is an outstanding game that deserves credit and praise.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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