Fatal Fury (Neo Geo)

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This is the first entry in the Fatal Fury franchise and arguably one of the very first modern character-based fighting games, coming out less than a year after Street Fighter II. You can only select 3 different characters, Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi. Like the first Street Fighter, the controls are weird, you can do quarter circles and charge moves, but the moves don't work if you do them too fast, which feels strange compared to modern fighting games. The 'line' system, though interesting, doesn't work particularly well, and it often turns into a lot of jumping back and forth, ending with a random character being hit by a flying kick. The graphics and sound is great, and fully on par with Street Fighter II.
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Fatal Fury: King of Fighters

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  • 13172 
    This game is very impressive for its time. There are so many interesting details: varied and well-produced music with vocal chanting, the backgrounds having different lighting in the different rounds, the little story cutscenes, and the move tutorials between rounds.

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    2011-11-06
  • 1306 
    Trying the earliest ancestor to the Fatal Fury series. I feels kind of weird, but being one of the first modern fighting games (being released months after Street Fighter II), it was pretty impressive.
  • 1307 
    Grrrr.... That Bily Kane is pissing me off.
  • 1308 
    Finally! That guy ate almost all my virtual money!
  • 1309 
    Holy cow! It's Geese Howard.
  • 1310 
    Completed the game with Terry Bogard on 1/8 (very easy) difficulty using 31 continues. Last round against Geese: Perfect - 4 x Burn Knuckle. But man, 31 continues on easiest difficulty... That's pretty harsh.
  • 2022-06-11
  • 13171 
    Completed the game with Terry Bogard on 1/8 difficulty. Geese Howard was difficult, mostly because I couldn't get my Burning Knuckles to come out reliably. Also, Geese does a lot of damage.

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