Conclusion: Art of Fighting Anthology is a tough sell largely due to the lack of bonus content on the disc and the fact that two of the three games on the collection are not particularly good. On the other hand, the collection is cheap, and Art of Fighting 3 is one of the best 2D fighters we’ve played – and the only other way you can find it is by shelling out hundreds for a copy of the original MVS or AES cart.
Excerpt: Being that the games contained within are old and crusty and the chance that the games weren’t any good to start with, retro compendiums obviously aren’t always going to be successful. But of course there are those that have stood the test of time and are deserving of such a celebration. Art of Fighting Anthology is a coming together of the entire trilogy of SNK’s cult fighting series.
Excerpt: Time to don those rose-tinted nostalgia goggles; another retro compilation has hit the shops. This time all three games from the decade old 2D beat-em-up series Art of Fighting have been given a new lease of life. Question is: has it been worth it? Answer: sort of. Never heard of Art of Fighting? Don't blame you. The Neo Geo fighter from the early Nineties was overshadowed by Capcom's Streetfighter 2, and with good reason.
Excerpt: I remember spending long stretches of time in the arcades hungrily feeding the street fighter machines any and all my spare cash. Hours on hours of stepping up or aside as more and more kids would try to get in on the whole 2d sprite based fighting craze. While Capcom had the market to themselves for a short period more companies decided to put out similar games.
PS2 owners, this translation is nothing short of excellent. The games
themselves has come over beautifully with all their detail and color
intact. One of the interesting things about this compilation is that you
can see the evolution of the fighting engine unfold before your eyes, from
the relatively simple animations of the first game, to the more detailed
and fluid frames used in the third, comparing these games directly can be
an eye opening experience.
Summary: This trilogy of games will bring back memories, it's too bad they may be ones you tried hard to forget.
Pros: Graphics still look good even with age; each game has been emulated flawlessly from their original versions; lad times are almost non existent; value price; still fun if you have a human opponent to play against.
Cons: Audio has not aged gracefully; controls are tight and can be unresponsive; AI is maddeningly challenging regardless of difficult setting; no extra content whatsoever; no online gameplay; little replay value beyond any of the single player modes
Excerpt: Once upon a time, Capcom’s Street Fighter series reigned supreme over the fighting game genre. Its small cast of easily playable (yet difficult to master) characters gave gamers a reason to spend countless hours at the local arcades and a small fortune in quarters in their zealous love of the games. But while Street Fighter II raked in profits and became one of the most critically acclaimed titles of its time, another fighting game series enjoyed its own following.
Excerpt: With the advent of online stores on the next-gen consoles, the old-school classics have returned to the limelight and adopted a state of nostalgic glory. And in addition to those worthwhile downloads, veteran companies like Capcom and Sega have been releasing collections of great franchises from the past quarter-century.
Summary: Art of Fighting Anthology is a comprehensive collection featuring the entire Art of Fighting trilogy. A total of 33 classic SNK characters are included, each with their own fighting styles and unique moves.