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. 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.
  2. It’s not that the Art of Fighting Anthology is necessarily bad. It’s just that its games haven’t aged well.
  3. Don't take those goggles off just yet. Some things change, but some things stay the same.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. PSM Magazine
    70
    The Path of the Warrior is the real gem here. [Aug 2007, p.87]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

Awards & Rankings

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#81 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
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#66 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  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!