The tales of the legendary battle has been
unfurled. Eyes met on both sides and fists clashed. Fate ironically took hold of
the chaos and started another sublime development. Even
if there seems to be no requests for it...
Now, the experienced fighters can reflect on
their fights and wounds. What recognition were they looking for with their
strength? Each of them are legends in their
own right. No one wants to assume that this fight can change this fact. However,
no fight is ever perfect. These fights alone could not satisfy them... Wings
spread to the sky... United to decide who is the superior, the martial artists
gather to refine themselves in battle. On
the stage known as the Real Bout Fatal Fury Special.
It's bullshit I tell
you... (look at the background).
Real Bout Special is the sixth
installment of the Fatal Fury series and second installment in the Real
Bout sub-series. In addition to adding some classic Fatal Fury
characters, this enhancement features some new graphical elements and returns to
the two-level plane system from Fatal Fury 3. A port of Real Bout
Special was released on the Playstation in 1998 (Japan only), entitled Real Bout Fatal Fury Special: Dominated Mind.
The PS1 port features 2 additional playable characters (Alfred & White), along with a new anime intro.
TaeKwonDo stage FTW!
RB: Special retains the cast of the original Real Bout,
and adds new characters: Tung Fu Rue, Cheng Sinzan, Laurence Blood & Wolfgang
Krauser (the new final boss). Even though he was killed off in the prequel, the
boss of the first Real Bout, Geese Howard, reappears as a hidden final boss in a special "Nightmare Match" and is an
unlockable playable character in the home versions. The game also features
hidden "extra" versions of Billy Kane, Blue Mary, Tung Fu Rue, and
Andy Bogard (for a grand total of 22 fighters).
Terry's still sportin' his
old school threads.
Real Bout Special was
another respectable 2D fighter
from SNK in the late 90's, although not quite among "the best" if you
ask me. The
character roster and "aged" gameplay engine of Real Bout still leaves
something to be desired, but at least hardcore fans of the series could
find many things to enjoy about this installment.
Geo, Neo Geo CD, Sega Saturn, Playstation, PS2, PSN
Jan. 28th, 1997
1998 ( PS1 -
as Real Bout Special: Dominated Mind)
May 30th, 2007 (
Special was a fairly decent SNK fighter for its time, but still seemed to be
missing something. While the RBS gameplay and character roster was an
improvement over the prequel's, this "sub-series" of Fatal Fury
still seemed like it was behind the curve.
The "old school" style of gameplay might've been fun for some fans out
there, but when compare RBS to some of the other fighting games
out in 1997... it was clearly a "last-gen" title in more ways
than one. '97 was indeed a very competitive year in the fighting genre,
with several titles "raising the bar" in terms of graphics and