Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Games Played 07/14/2009


Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves (2001)
Developer: SNK Corporation
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Purchase Date: 12/13/2001

SNK always struggle to come up with cool English names for their characters.

Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves is the most recent installment to SNK's Fatal Fury series and it is one of the best fighting games by SNK. Set many years after the death of Geese Howard, the game features a new group of brawlers with the exception of Terry Bogard. Some of these characters are relatives of past Fatal Fury games with similar moves to those predecessors. The game would have definitely been way better if SNK didn't get lazy or unimaginative with these xeroxed characters but there are many other unique characters in the game to provide a fresh sense of variety to the bouts. The characters and backgrounds are nicely animated, featuring some of SNK's finest works. The little stage introduction at the beginning of each match that has frequented previous entries is always entertaining to watch. One important addition to the game is the "T.O.P. System" - a short T.O.P. gauge must be positioned on top of your character's life bar at one of three different sections and once triggered, you gain access to additional power and special moves. The game has been recently released as a Live Arcade title on the X-Box 360 with the addition of online multiplayer. It's a must have if you are a SNK fan who missed this Dreamcast release. Let's hope that this is not be the final Fatal Fury game but I am not holding my breath because it has been a decade now since its release and SNK Playmore has been focusing too much of their efforts on the King of Fighters series.

LIBRARY STATUS: 5 out of 5

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