Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 1 review

Remember those old 2D fighting games you loved? Time to test your memory

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Seeing the series evolve

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    Goofy personality

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    Could use more stuff

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    Dated looks

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    Can be wickedly tough

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Aug 29, 2007

This is one of those games that we love to see. It appeals to a very specific subset of gamers, no question – if you don’t remember Fatal Fury games fondly, there’s nothing for you here – but it’s a nice collection for those of us who like a good, 2D fighting throwdown now and then.

Fatal Fury Battle Archives Vol 1 collects the first four Fatal Fury games: Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special (basically a tweaked 2), and Fatal Fury 3 Road to the Final Victory – which, for the record, was nowhere near final because there are at least six more games in the series. The first is actually equal parts 2D fighter and beat ‘em-up, complete with a two player co-op mode, but the remaining three are all standard, arcade-style, 2D, one-on-one fighting games.

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DescriptionA collection of timeless 2D arcade fighting games, though not quite enough of them to make this a must-buy.
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
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