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- A total of 33 SNK characters with their own fighting styles and unique moves
- First time Art Of Fighting appears on a Sony platform in North America
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Personally, I've never been a big fan of the Art of Fighting series. Just couldn't really get into it like some other fighting games; however, I still enjoyed it from time to time.
This compilation is a no-frills "direct to video" port from the Neo-Geo. You get all three original AOF games without any touch-ups or additions. Some might berate this tactic, but I don't mind it 'au natural'.
You get three original Neo-Geo fighters, that went for about $200 each back in the day; now for around $10 or less. Don't like 2D sprite-based fighters? Then go look elsewhere. Otherwise, you've come to the right place for some SNK nostalgia.
AoF had a small following but for the vast majority of fighting game fans it was always the game that you played if the local pizza shop or candy store didn't carry SF or MK. It was an innovator in the genre because it was the first to introduce a separate power bar for specials and a desperation move (though some will argue that those features were introduced in other games such as Crossed Swords, they were never in any head to head fighting game until this one), and the zooming display. But its animation is jerky, the zoom is very heavyhanded and tends to be disorienting, and the game mechanics were just not that good overall.
SNK didn't put out a really good fighter that was competitive with the SF and MK franchises until Samurai Shodown. Fatal Fury wasn't even that good until FFII.
Some of the fans out there will enjoy this because it's a fairly complete and faithful port, but honestly -- the game was never that good to begin with, and the benefits of buying this game on a new system will mostly be for nostalgia only.
This game pioneered dashing, super special moves, damage on characters, taunting, spirit gauge among many things.
Not only that but the mood, music, sound effects, graphics, and dramatic tone of the game are truly epic and top quality. The series, especially the first 2 games are heavily influenced by martial arts movies and legends and real life Karate Master Mas Oyama.
While the games don't play exactly like other 2D fighters, it is similar and with enough time spent on the games, they become very addictive and fun.
A must-have for fans of fighting games, Neo Geo games, or SNK games. This was the first Mega Shock Neo Geo title so it truly is special.
Thanks to all the arcade operators who didn't sue me for damages.
Growing up as a kid back in the 90's, I absolutely loved this series.
When I first saw AOF on the pages of a videogame magazine in 1992, it immediately caught my attention.
I knew very little about the Neo Geo back then, but this game had me sold.
I knew that I just had to play it.
Seeing it with my very own eyes for the first time at my local arcade, I was quite impressed by the super-large character sprites and bone-crushing sound effects.
Although the game was much harder to play than the other fighters around at the time, I simply couldn't help but pump all my quarters into it.
Most people in the arcade just avoided it because the game seemed so difficult at first.
This wasn't a game that you could just jump right into and expect to be good at it after a few tries; it takes skill and patience to learn how to play.
The controls were not TOTALLY unresponsive; it's just that you needed to be relatively accurate when inputting some of the special move commands, and I was one of the few people who realized this.
Unable to afford a Neo Geo, I would play AOF1 & 2 at my local arcades alot.
AOF2 was one of the hardest games I ever played, and nobody can say it was easy.
The CPU opponents were very CHEAP and BRUTAL!
I was one of the few players in my arcade who could reach Geese Howard with only 1 quarter; which meant that you couldn't lose even a single round all the way through the game.
Then when I saved up enough to buy the SNES ports, I would play the hell outta them too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3 great games in 1. Fun game, little difficult but you get the hang of it with time and patience.Published 23 months ago by Unknown
This is the arcade version (Old Version). This game doesn't add any especial when played in the Playstation Systems.Published on May 5, 2008 by C. Aguilar
i used to play this on the arcade. now, i own the game over my PS2! this is a great game! classic!Published on October 6, 2007 by P. C. Razon
I always believed that the Art of Fighting series were badly underrated. It never really caught on like the Fatal Fury or later the Samurai Shodown series. Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by dwood78
The game is great. Fighting style is similar to the Street Fighter II games. The game is very fun to play.Published on August 8, 2007 by David M. Delcampo