Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 Review
Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 box art
System: PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: SNK Playmore 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SNK Playmore 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: April 8, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 is probably the best of the series as it features all of the characters from Real Bout Special and brings two new characters into the melee - Chinese waitress Li Xiangfei and boxer Rick Strowd. Geese returns as the seemingly final boss in the series, though a new sinister character named Alfred actually turns out to be the game's real secret boss. This PS2 version also allows you to use Alfred as a playable character, which wasn't a feature in the Neo Geo version. What makes all three Real Bout titles different from other Fatal Fury games is the inclusion of the Hidden Abilities function. Basically, it acts as a super move to allow for maximum damage on enemies. What also makes the Real Bout titles unique is its ring-out system where you can throw your opponent out of a playing field to quickly turn the tables of a match.

Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 screenshot

Though the game series features a weak storyline, the biggest draw to Fatal Fury in 2008 is its classic fighting game nostalgia and hand-drawn animation, backgrounds, and character designs, giving the game a 2D aesthetic and an arcade feel. Its 2-line system brings depth to the 2D playing field, and cheesy punching sound effects and voice work add to the classic feel. For those who want to act as though they are still playing on the Neo Geo system, the fast pace of the gameplay and graphics haven't changed for this re-release at all. While the poor graphics and framerate may annoy some gamers, this release is definitely intended for fans of the series who know what to expect. One of the other biggest selling points of this PS2 release is its online playability, allowing fighters to team up or go head-to-head with the best in the world. And this collection of games is definitely intended to be played all over the world as it also comes with language options for fans, allowing you to choose between English, Japanese, Spanish or Portuguese.

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With a few new functions implemented into its old gameplay style and graphics, the Fatal Fury series is complete for PS2 owners who want the entire Neo Geo collection. For true classic fighting gamers and fans of the series, you now have the option to play online with a number of titles on one disc. For those less appreciative of fighting games of yesteryear, you may not even be interested.

By Pete Richards
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
By today's standards, of course, there is no comparison, but this game definitely stays true to the originals.
3.7
Control
Controls act much as you would expect having played the series in the past and translate well to the PS2.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Marvelously cheesy sound effects and music, adding to the nostalgia of the game.
3.0
Play Value
Fans of the series will love this re-release, and with three games on one disc, there is a lot to do. Those uninterested in re-living the past may want to look elsewhere.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Witness the evolution of 59 characters across 3 titles.
  • All titles feature a "2 Line System" which incorporates depth into a 2D playing field.
  • "Ring Out" your opponent by throwing them over the edge of the battle stage.
  • Polish your skills in the exclusive Training Mode Added to the PlayStation 2 version.
  • Check out the Skills List and learn all of the Special Moves for every character.


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