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  Real Bout Fatal Fury - ©SNK 1995

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Game Stats
1 or 2 player

One on One Fighting

346 Megs
Japanese Name:

Real Bout Garou Densetsu

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Review Introduction:

This is the fifth installment into the Fatal Fury series of games. Coming in the same year as Fatal Fury 3, I was expecting this to be just another fairly typical update to that game, but I was wrong (well, kind of). Although the game shares mostly the same characters as FF3 (albeit with some new additions), the game play has been changed around in some areas with a few nice extras.


First off, the controls have been changed around once again. The moves now seem easier to perform, and the buttons have been rearranged again too. This time A + B are punch and kick respectively, while C is used for “power” attacks. Last but not least, the D button is used to dodge between the different planes of movement. As in Fatal Fury 3 there are 3 planes of movement, the middle one is used for the fighting itself while you can dodge into the top and bottom for a few seconds to launch an attack towards the other fighter from them.

The characters seem heavier in this game to me, and don't float in the air for as long when you jump. Next up, there are obstacles at the corner of each stage that can be broken if you pummel your opponent into them enough times. Once broken, you can actually push your opponent out of the arena to win. Another nice addition is the fact that your combos are now displayed on screen like in many of the Street Fighter games; it's always nice to show off when you pull out a big combo in front of your friends!


Not only has the game play been improved and added to, but the graphics have been nicely enhanced too. They now have a slightly more cartoony feeling to them and look much cooler in my opinion (Oh yeah, and Mai Shiranui especially looks even better than before... just thought I would mention that! ;) The stages are equally nice and provide decent places for the fights to take place in, but the best effect comes when you destroy one of the barriers for a ring out. On each stage the barriers vary from scaffolding to elevators and even the crowds watching the fight! Once the barrier is broken and a fighter falls out, different things happen to them depending on the stage.

For instance, on one stage, your opponent falls onto the roof of a glass elevator with a worried looking couple inside wondering what the hell just happened as the lift disappears off the top of the screen! On another stage your opponent gets pushed onto a train, which then departs, leaving them stranded as a passenger. The only disappointment with these stages is that not every fighter has his/her own stage and many are shared. In fact, Real Bout Fatal Fury works in a similar way to the King of Fighters series, and you have to fight three people before you can move onto the next area (although you only get to pick one fighter). However, this is only a small complaint when the stages are as good and funny as this.

Sound effects & Music:

I do feel that the sound kinda lets this game down a bit, as much of the music is the same as in Fatal Fury 3 and if you've read my review of that then you will know that I wasn't terribly impressed with the soundtrack on that. The music isn't terrible but it would have been better if it had been redone for this game. Certainly not up to the high standards set byFatal Fury 2/Special.


When all is said and done, these are only minor complaints really. Being a fan of the Fatal Fury games I enjoyed it a lot and I think you will too. Worth playing for any Fatal Fury fan, and definitely worth having in your collection.

Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 8/10
Game play: 7/10
Replay Value: 8/10

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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#1 | NeoGeoGamer2000 on August 06 2011 15:19
The ring outs in Real Bout Fatal Fury are fun to watch. The game seems more "complete" than Fatal Fury 3, although Fatal Fury 3 is a good game.

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