Retro Gaming- Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory (1995)

The Fatal Fury series was always fun to play at the arcade centers similar to many other fighting titles in the 90’s.  While Fatal Fury 2 & Special were considered to be two of the most popular titles within its series Road to Final Victory was also a pretty good fighting game when it was first released by SNK in 1995.  Similar to the arcade version the Neo Geo port of Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory was excellent in terms of gameplay and visual presentation. Road to Victory includes a great 2D opening sequence that instantly draws the attention of anyone playing the game. The opening of Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory was one of the many exciting features about this game since the Neo Geo version was almost exactly like the arcade.  The opening to Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory was also more effective in highlighting plot in comparison to the last two games.  The opening for Fatal Fury II & Special were also good but they shorter in duration did not explain as much in comparison to this game’s intro.

Other great features about Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory includes a more detailed arcade mode which describes the stories of each character as one progresses.  Speaking of characters Fatal Fury 3: Road to Victory includes many popular characters from the previous games including Terry Bogard, Joe Higashi,  Mai Shiranui,  and Andy Bogard.  This game also introduces some new characters including Blue Mary, Franco-Bashu, Hon-Fu and Sokaku.  The bosses in Road to Final Victory were a bit challenging when during the first encounter but can easily be defeated once you get to the game.  Some people considered Yamazaki to be a cheap boss since one of his attacks can drain almost half of your character’s life bar.  Jin Chonshu was very quick in terms of movement and attacks and it would probably take a couple of tries to defeat him for someone who was new to this game.

One of the main improvements made to Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory includes the in game mechanics.  The developers made it so that the characters in Road to Final Victory could battle on three plane stages instead of two which made the fighting more realistic.  Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory was a really innovative fighting title because the oversway system added more life to the game itself which made it unique in comparison to many other games of the same genre.  Even though, Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory does not receive as much recognition as FFII & FF Special this was a great fighting game that a few people consider to be an underrated classic.

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