South Town, the spirited crime city in America. Once there was a man who
owned and dictated the city. The man's name was Geese Howard. To defeat him,
countless martial artists have met in South Town. Among them was a young man
named Terry Bogard who defeated Geese. The death match that took place to defeat
Geese was written into legend by the town's people. The wolves starved for
battle, the legend of the hungry wolves.
Time passes... a new shadow slips into town after
Geese's death. White and his mysterious armed servant scheme to make a profit
from South Town. White has Geese's former right hand man, Billy Kane, in his
ranks. Hereafter, any other strong warrior that opposes him will be put under
his mind control. What will become of South Town's fate? The new legend to save
the town must be made by you!
Alfred appears as a
default character for the first time.
A Japan exclusive release, the Playstation port of Real Bout
Special released in 1998 as Real Bout Special: Dominated Mind.
The PS1 port introduces 2 additional characters (Alfred & White), along with a new anime intro.
The new protagonist Alfred actually appeared first in Real Bout Fatal Fury 2
(which released in arcades before this game), but he was a secret boss and only
playable by using a code. The game's new boss, White, is brand new however and
is based off of the main character (Alexander DeLarge) from the novel and movie,
RB: Dominated Mind has a catchy
Presentation-wise, Dominated Mind is a
significant improvement over past arcade installments. For starters, the game features several
anime-esk cut scenes, including an all new introduction movie to bring you into the Fatal Fury universe.
Upon completing Arcade Mode with a character, you're also treated to some pretty
cool anime style character artworks, unique to this game (all of which can be
package also includes
Survival Mode and a Character Information Database with artwork and history for
all of the characters. There's definitely some cool content here for any kind of
Fatal Fury fan.
In addition to the game disc, there's a second fan disc included in the package
for this Playstation exclusive. The fan disc is narrated by none other than Mai
(and unless you can read Japanese you won't know what the hell she's saying).
This fan disc features some interesting content such as artwork, character
cosplays, and an odd "Interview Mode" where you can ask the Fatal
Fury characters about their likes, dislikes, etc. Using a screen full of
random items, you can have a short conversation with a character of your choice.
A bit weird... but kinda innovative I guess?
White makes a pretty cool
boss for the series.
Unlike some other
PS1 ports of fighting games, the translation from the arcade version of Real
Bout Special to PS1 went exceptionally smooth. In terms of
gameplay, Dominated Mind uses the same core as Real Bout Special
but there are some notable changes. Firstly, plane switching and environmental
interaction at the ends of stages have been removed. Several character moves have also been
tweaked, and "EX" versions of characters were also removed. However,
the EX character special moves have transferred over to the default versions of
characters and, strangely, additional special moves can be unlocked by
completing the game. Lastly, two new gameplay elements are introduced,
including: Final Impacts, allowing players to cancel special moves into supers,
and Advance Guard, is sort of a parry system.
Special: Dominated Mind ended up succeeding the arcade version of RBFF
Special, and was a solid PS1 fighting game package at the time. I think any
Fatal Fury fan would tell you Dominated Mind was the best
installment of the series to date, if not a close second to Real Bout 2 at
Even so, considering the game was released 1998... there were definitely some
blockbuster fighting games making Fatal Fury's latest showing look a bit
"last gen". The old school gameplay might've charmed some, but
personally I wasn't a huge fan of any of the "Real Bout" series
of games or overall character roster. However, I can respect the evolution of the Fatal Fury
series... it was going in the right direction at least. ~TFG