Fatal Fury 2's making a furious bid in the fighting-game arena. Its 24 megs and first-rate fighting action help it hold its own.
Fatal Fury 2 faithfully mimics the Neo »Geo version and knocks Fatal Fury Genesis out of the ring. You get 12 selectable characters with a repertoire of moves that earns a black belt, including four Special Attacks and a block. Also, if you're almost beaten you can pull a last ditch Super Attack, which scores severe damage.
- If your opponent jumps in on you and you can't meet him in the air, try a crouching low kick when he lands.
- Use the projectile attack to counter an opponent's projectile attack.
- A computer player usually jumps over your projectile attacks with ease.
- Be quick to pick either high or low blocks and be correct! Overhead attacks usually break through a low block.
An FF holdover is the mildly controversial, uniquely Fatal Fury, three-dimensional movement that allows fighters to move up, down, and diagonally across lines of attack. If you like it, it's a cool (and easy) temporary escape. If you don't, it's cheesy.
FF2 features solid six-but- ton controller support. You can win with the old three-but-ton controller; however, to use the hard kick and the hard punch, you must do the near- impossible: hold down C and then hit A or B.
Practice the diagonal move. Against human players it's good for quick escapes.
Fatal Fury 2 features knockout character graphics and awesome Special Attack animations, easily on par with Street Fighter II Special and Mortal Kombat. Casting a pall over the nice-looking pix are the excessively bright, scrolling backgrounds. They're imaginative, but sometimes it's hard to see an opponent's move!
The sounds try to get serious. Even though the attack effects score, the music makes you snore.
Fatal Fury 2 is a fistful of Genesis fighting fun, but be sure to play with a six-button controller. The only caveat to cost-conscious consumers: Something special for the SNES is due in the fall -- Fatal Fury Special. Whither the Genesis?
Jubei can follow his projectile shots very quickly.