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: It's well known that Capcom's 1991 arcade classic Street Fighter II made one-on-one fighting games the phenomenon they were back in the '90s. But developer and NeoGeo hardware creator SNK also released several sprite-based 2D fighting games of its own, eventually garnering a loyal following by creating fighting games with a unique sense of style.
Pros: Old-school graphics and minigames offer nostalgia value, Art of Fighting 3's arrange soundtrack is fantastic
Cons: Collection offers virtually nothing in the way of extras, These old fighting games just don't hold up well in the gameplay department
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.
Excerpt: We all know that the 2-D gaming like this has led the way to many other incredible games. The Art of Fighting 3 are classic games. But the game itself has little to no new features. It makes all the old stories of SNK and Street Fighter re-emerge and sets the stage for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fatal FuryÃ¢â‚¬Â�. The Art of Fighting Anthology just falls short of being anything amazing.
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: 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.