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Real Bout Fatal Fury
 

 
STORYAfter stealing the Jin Scrolls of Immortality, Geese Howard takes control of South Town once again. He hosts a new King of Fighters tournament and invites his arch-nemesis Terry Bogard, to settle their fight once and for all!
 

Those character images could use borders... lol.

 
REVIEWThe fifth installment of the Fatal Fury series, Real Bout brings back many series veterans and introduces some newcomers as well. Real Bout retains the core roster from Fatal Fury 3, with the boss characters (Ryuji Yamazaki, Chonrei & Chonshu) now part of the default lineup. Classic characters, like: Duck King, Billy Kane & Kim Kaphwan also make their return, complete with new character sprites. Boss of the original game, Geese Howard also returns as the final boss of Real Bout.
 

Terry & Geese fight it out, yet again.

 
Real Bout's controls have slightly changed from the previous Fatal Fury games. Now instead of four attack buttons, there are only three: Punch, Kick, and a "Strong Attack" which is either a stronger kick or punch attack (depends on the character). Real Bout retains the three-plane "oversway" system introduced in Fatal Fury 3, which features a main plane for fighting, with foreground and background planes used to avoid attacks or leap towards the opponent. A dedicated button is now used to make an "oversway" (or change plane) towards the background or foreground.

Real Bout
also introduces stages featuring "ring-outs," a gameplay feature previous seen in Virtua Fighter. If the player performs certain attacks on their opponent while next to the boundaries, the character will eventually destroy the barrier keeping the opponent in the ring and be able to knock them out of the stage for an easy win. Real Bout also introduces a Power Gauge which fills up as player performs normal or special techniques against their opponent or defend themselves. The power gauge allows fighters to perform "Guard Cancels" or a "Super Special Move" depending of the level of the Power Gauge.
 

Old favorites return.

 
Overall, Real Bout Fatal Fury was the best looking Fatal Fury title to date. The character sprites are large, colorful, and decently animated. The hand-drawn backgrounds also looked great, adding a solid atmosphere to the title. The soundtrack & sound effects do their job, but could've been better. Even as an SNK fan, I have to say that I highly preferred many other SNK (and Capcom) fighting games in 1995-1996 over Real Bout. If you ask me, Real Bout just wasn't as fun or as solid as other games of the era, and the character roster also leaves something to be desired.
  

 
                
 

Page Updated: November 12th, 2014
Developer(s): SNK
Publisher(s): SNK
Platform(s): Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Sega Saturn, Windows 95, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Sega Saturn, Playstation, Playstation 2, PSN
Release Date(s): December 21st, 1995
Characters Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Franco Bash, Mai Shiranui, Bob Wilson, Billy Kane, Hon Fu, Ryuji Yamazaki, Sokaku, Blue Mary, Kim, Chonshu, Chonrei, Duck King, Geese Howard

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Related Games: Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Special: Dominated Mind, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury 3, Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Fatal Fury: 1st Contact, Garou: Mark of The Wolves, Samurai Shodown 3, Savage Reign, King of Fighters '96, Marvel Super Heroes, Mortal Kombat 3: Ultimate, Cyberbots, Double Dragon, Darkstalkers 2, Tekken 2, Virtua Fighter 2
  

Gameplay Engine  6.5 / 10
Story / Theme  7.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  7.5 / 10
Animation  7.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  6.5 / 10
Innovation  6.0 / 10
Art Direction  7.5 / 10
Customization  5.0 / 10
Options / Extras  6.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  7.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  6.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  5.5 / 10
Characters  6.0 / 10
BOTTOM LINE

 7.1 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version

 

Final Words: Real Bout was a decent update to the Fatal Fury series, but still an "average" fighting game when compared to many others from the time period. The overall character roster isn't terrible, but some of the "newer" Fatal Fury designs just don't have that "spark"... and are easily outshined by many other fighting game characters.

The classic Fatal Fury characters are definitely the best designs in the game, and unfortunately, there aren't that many of them. Thankfully, the character roster was improved in the sequels, Real Bout Special and Real Bout 2.
~TFG Webmaster
 

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