Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. SNK’s long line of fighting games are classics for a reason. With Fatal Fury Special pretty much being the benchmark of the early fighters (not to mention the harbinger for the modern-day 3D fighters) it’s no surprise that this game rocks.
  2. Fatal Fury Special thoroughly deserves the sort of audience that Live Arcade can deliver, it's just a shame that this particular version feels rather unloved, hampered as it is by frustrating control issues and lacking the game mode that many players will want most.
  3. A surprisingly stable online mode. [Issue 26, p.118]
  4. A solid fighting game though not up to the modern standards of "Virtua Fighter 5." [Dec 2007, p.108]
  5. 67
    Fatal Fury Special still represents excellent fighting mechanics, but the Xbox 360 controller's d-pad will cramp any fighting fan's style every time, the analog stick was never meant for 2D fighters, and Hori's new stick will, for whatever reason, not allow the Left and Right Triggers to be remapped.
  6. If you already know what Fatal Fury Special is and want to play more, come on in--but anyone else probably won't understand what makes this game worth playing.
  7. The D-pad simply is not made for the really crazy moves you have to do on it to perform those over-the-top attacks. Jumping between depths of the screen is nice though.
  8. Fighting game aficionados are encouraged to download this.
  9. Fatal's look hasn't exactly aged well, and SNK has done little to update the graphics. [Dec 2007, p.78]
  10. A package that will only appeal to long time fans. SNK would have done them a better service with a total update of the game, allowing it to benefit from the improved technology available today. Then instead of making these ports the main feature, they would be a great bonus.
  11. Average even on release. If you have "SF2 Turbo," you don't need this. [Dec 2007, p.96]
  12. Fatal Fury Special is not worth the points to download. The game is tougher than a two dollar steak, and has aged about as well as milk left behind a radiator for a month.
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  1. BryanM.
    Oct 29, 2007
    9
    You know for just being $4 bucks this game is great. it does have a little choice of characters but other then that this game is just like the one on sega. the controls are good too so that is a big +. the graphics have a little touch up but still fell like you are playing it on the old sega Gen. so just get this game play with your friends online is even more better if you do not have 800 points after buying a 1,200 point game get it. Full Review »