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  • Summary: SNK’s first fighting franchise now available in one complete collection for the PS2. FATAL FURY, FATAL FURY 2, FATAL FURY SPECIAL & FATAL FURY 3. Create your own player character with the Color Edit function. Switch the Soundtracks of all 4 titles between Original and Arranged Compositions. [SNK Playmore] Expand
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  1. Only "Fatal Fury 3" remains altogether enjoyable, and is the primary reason to own this compilation. [Nov 2007, p.90]
  2. 80
    The arranged soundtrack is the greatest gift this collection has to offer.
  3. Even though Fatal Fury was never as well regarded as Street Fighter II, they're still excellent games.
  4. 70
    While the features are non-existent and a lack of online play really bogs down the overall value it is only fifteen bucks. All four of these games are worth that based on nostalgia alone, not to mention having them all in one place for convenience.
  5. 68
    A neat collection, but the games themselves aren't the best around. But if you're a diehard fan of 2D fighters, we recommend picking it up. In the meantime, you'll have to excuse me. I'm going to go practice my Burning Knuckle!
  6. Fatal Fury Special is the cornerstone of this collection. If that means anything to you, Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 1 might be worth a look.
  7. Battle Archives Vol. 1 does a graceful job in proper organization and presentation, and the ports are arcade-perfect --although they may lend themselves to a better appreciation for today's game mechanics. Unfortunately, the online multiplayer included in the Japanese release is sorely missed for the U.S. title, and that deeply lessens its value.

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  1. dell
    Sep 3, 2007
    8
    This game is what it is. Arcade perfect (well to my inspection) Fatal Fury one is as good and as crappy as I remember it and the only reason why I ended up playing it soo much was because the Street Fighter 2 lines were packed! But never the less, these games can be enjoyed, at least for those whom remember them in arcades in 1991-93. Damn, I'm getting old... Expand
  2. RyanG.
    Aug 14, 2007
    7
    In a lot of ways these collections are such a missed opportunity on the part of SNK Playmore USA. I personally find the value to be good... A great opportunity to relive some of the glory days of 2D spritework. But the first two collections released (Art of Fighting Anthology/Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 1) are aged games that have not suffered kindly to the sands of time. Fatal Fury Battle Archives is definitely a stronger collection than Art of Fighting Anthology, but even still, it will be hard for gamers to appreciate what the titles in this series represent and the history the games serve. It's a solid release, but I just can't help but to expect more. Expand