Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. PSM Magazine
    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. This is a great release with 4 truly classic games, though I must ask why these are not on Playstation Store.
  4. The AoF Anthology had its fans and the same holds true for the FFBA. Anyone who is looking to play one of the more recognizable 2D fighting franchises could do a lot worse than this.
  5. Even though Fatal Fury was never as well regarded as Street Fighter II, they're still excellent games.
  6. For an SNK fighting enthusiast and genre fanatic, this game is a must-have. The characters, fighting system and old-school graphics and sound really bring a person back to the genre's roots. For casual gamers, the incredible difficulty will quickly turn them off. Gamers looking for a challenge in their fighting games need look no further.
  7. Fans of previous 2D-Beat’em-Up games should consider to buy the title, because very much of the good old times is contained. The title can easily be compared to competitors in the genre.
  8. While Fatal Fury: Archives Volume 1 might be a cool nostalgia trip for all the old hardcore guys from the arcades, I’m afraid that it just won’t this current generation of gamers.
  9. 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.
  10. SNK faithfully restored each game, and while the lack of extras hurts, we wholeheartedly recommend it.
  11. For those of you that have yet to experience the Fatal Fury series, give this collection a chance. It may not be the best out there, but it still gives you a taste of better things to come.
  12. AceGamez
    Fatal Fury deserves its place in the higher echelons of videogame culture and it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the other greats that we all know and love. It's a shame that this release has come at the end of the PS2's life, when a lot of people have gotten rid of their console for bigger and better things.
  13. Simply put, this collection is true to the first four 2D fighting games but somehow the series just doesn’t hold up as well as it did back in the day.
  14. 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!
  15. Play UK
    You're still better off importing the Japanese version of the "Street Fighter Anniversary Collection". "SFIII"'s on that. [Issue#172, p.89]
  16. 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.
  17. It’s a nice package overall, though we can’t help but wish there had been more: additional games, development art, pics of the arcade cabinets, movies of great players or the anime, cheesecake drawings of the bouncy Mai Shiranui – anything.
  18. Games Master UK
    A good collection for fans, but feels a bit old compared to today's titles. [Nov 2008, p.84]
  19. Ultimately you'll have to win a difficult argument with yourself to justify the purchase. Good luck.
  20. 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.
  21. Comprised of Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special and Fatal Fury 3; Road to the Final Victory, I imagine, will only appeal to the aforementioned Fatal Fury enthusiast.
  22. Battle Archives Vol.1 is mostly worth for what it represents, not necessarily for the - dubious - quality of its games.

Awards & Rankings

#73 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#30 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. dell
    Sep 3, 2007
    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 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... Full Review »
  2. RyanG.
    Aug 14, 2007
    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... AIn 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. Full Review »