Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
Buy On
  1. Weighing in at little over the price of an XBLA download (about a tenner from the right shops), Art of Fighting Anthology is a rare bargain - especially from new.
  2. AceGamez
    80
    The games look and sound beautiful, and after the horrific tinkering Sega made with their classics to make them 'up to date', I'm glad to say that SNK have left everything intact.
  3. Few companies like SNK could make games in this genre more enjoyable, and now we get to live some of our arcade glories out at home.
  4. Though this game offers the old-school aspect, this game didn’t even do so well throughout the years it was released so the appeal may get you to try the game but in the end it is, truly a let down.
  5. 75
    And considering that the cost of the game is so low, it's hard not to recommend this to people just for nostalgia's sake. Just remember how old the games are when you start playing them, and you'll have a blast.
  6. Solid retro fun. As a complete anthology, this is not your best collection. But individually the third game prevails, earning the title of “must-play” for any diehard fighting fan.
  7. PSM Magazine
    70
    The Path of the Warrior is the real gem here. [Aug 2007, p.87]
  8. 70
    It’s a fantastic experience to visit the veritable roots of the fighting game genre, and Art of Fighting 3 is surprisingly refined for such old software.
  9. It’s not that the Art of Fighting Anthology is necessarily bad. It’s just that its games haven’t aged well.
  10. This is certainly not the best anthology ever released, but the game can hold its own when standing next to some of the other very mediocre compilations out there.
  11. Don't take those goggles off just yet. Some things change, but some things stay the same.
  12. Overall, Art of Fighting Anthology certainly did not stand the test of time, and the titles definitely don't have anything on current 2D fighters.
  13. The zoom-in/zoom out effect distracts easily and might even create a few headaches among sensitive gamers. Some of the character designs look laughably bad, most notably in Art of Fighting 3.
  14. Therefore, we can only recommend this for hardcore fans of the franchise, but then again, we assume those people might still have the Neo-Geo with these games. And if you do, don't bother with this anthology: we repeat, it's nothing you haven't seen and experienced before.
  15. It’s not that Art of Fighting Anthology is packed with sub-par games; it’s just that it isn’t “packed” with anything. If this were combined with the publisher's upcoming 4-game Fatal Fury collection into one big compilation, the resulting package could be a must-by. But that's not the case, so it isn't.
  16. It is nice to see some of the forgotten games from SNK's past making their way onto systems where everyone can enjoy them, but there are so many better titles that we wish they would dig out.
  17. PSM3 Magazine UK
    48
    Sadly there's little to capture the imagination of modern day gamers. [Jan 2008, p.80]
  18. At one point, the Art of Fighting series featured some of the most innovative fighting games around. But they haven't aged well, and this collection merely showcases that fact.
  19. Playing The Art of Fighting Anthology is a little bit like rediscovering your 6th grade journal. It’s entertaining to relive those days and marvel at how far you’ve come, and certainly it has too much sentimental value to get rid of, but ultimately it’s too painful to look at for long, and really belongs in a box somewhere where you can forget about it for another fifteen years.

Awards & Rankings

#78 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#49 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. MarkC.
    Jun 1, 2007
    8
    If you know what this game is and you enjoyed it in the past, this is perfect for you. Instead of messing around with your old neo Geo and If you know what this game is and you enjoyed it in the past, this is perfect for you. Instead of messing around with your old neo Geo and ancient cartridges you now can have all of the art of fighting games for about 20 bux. Great Deal! Full Review »
  2. L.C.
    May 25, 2007
    8
    How can you rate this game. It is exactly like it was 15 years ago. Nice nostalgia!