(Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

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Art of Fighting 2 sees 12 characters compete for the title in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters. Each character has a range of deadly techniques in his or her arsenal, and players must use these lethal techniques to fight their opponents. As in the original Art of Fighting, however, using a deadly technique lowers a character’s mental-energy gauge. For this reason, players must use these techniques carefully. Meanwhile, players can taunt an opponent to exhaust his or her mental energy, and even suppress their opponent’s techniques if successful.

This type of mental-energy offense and defense gives Art of Fighting 2 a uniquely enjoyable spin on the fighting-game genre. Further adding to the strategy required to win, an attack will become stronger or weaker depending on exactly when the button is pressed. And even if a player is thrown, defensive action is possible with the timely press of a button. All of this adds up to an intense and nail-biting fighting-game experience not found anywhere else.

Game Review

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Posted by Damien McFerran

Art of Fighting 2 sees 12 characters compete for the title in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters.

The original Art of Fighting may not have threatened Street Fighter II in terms of gameplay but it certainly turned a few heads and stole some of the trade away from Capcom’s seminal 2D fighter. This second game takes the core concept of the first title...

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User Comments (24)

Bass_X0

#2

Bass_X0 said:

Its not as good as the Street Fighter 2 series. I think I will download the third game in the Art of Fighting trilogy though.

Adamant

#5

Adamant said:

It's not better than SF2, but it IS a very good game, and certainly worth a download.

TRON

#6

TRON said:

This isn't a bad game, but SF2 is more balanced, and has tighter controls. AoF2 is kinda clunky compared. If you are strapped for points, I would say wait for the inevitable KoF sequels, or better yet Samurai Shodown.

Edit: This is still a recommended download IMHO for fighting fans.

Charco

#7

Charco said:

Looks like an improvement on the original. Ths similarities between these and the Street Fighter II characters is so obvious it's funny.

Rawk_Hawk

#8

Rawk_Hawk said:

In regards to the video clip of this game. I think its pretty cool you can fight in a fitness center. Although the guy on the lat. pulldown is using poor form. He is gonna hurt his neck

Serpent

#9

Serpent said:

This is good but not as good as street fighter and iam not a fan of the huge sprites.

but the King of fighters series for neo-geo is better then any Street Figher IMO.

morphballer

#10

morphballer said:

The quote at the end pretty much sums up my opinion about Art of Fighting 2. The game is visually stunning and holds up quite well today but playing against the AI is a real chore.

Beware of Eiji Kisaragi!

Jolted85

#11

Jolted85 said:

Not much of an Art of Fighting fan, but this does look a lot better than the first installment.

CorbsAdmin

#16

Corbs said:

Art of Fighting just never lived up to the hype, unfortunately. And I'll have to second the statement that the third game in the series is the best. It's the strongest of the three, by far. If you're looking for a solid fighter, try King of Fighters '94 or wait for the elite Neo fighters like Last Blade and Garou: Mark of the Wolves.

Bass_X0

#17

Bass_X0 said:

Yeah, as soon as the third game comes out on VC however long that may be, I'll be getting it. the early NeoGeo fighting games aren't too great with only the King of Fighters series and Samurai Shodown series being exceptions. They really pick up about 97 onwards with pretty much any fighting game on the NG released around that time or later being enjoyable in most cases. I think KoF02 may be an exception, I didn't enjoy that.

i8cookie

#18

i8cookie said:

That is such a massive rip off of street fighter, how they hell did they get away with that? They even look like Ken and Chun Li

Adamant

#19

Adamant said:

Plus, in AoF it's mostly the loks that were semi-copied, the gameplay is completely different. And worse.

Adroitone

#20

Adroitone said:

If you are comparing it to the first Street Fighter 2, it depends on preferences. I really like the special bar, the hard hitting moves, and the bigger sprites in AoF1 and AoF2

Bass_X0

#21

Bass_X0 said:

I just purchased the Art of Fighting Anthology on PS2 for £4.99 free delivery on play.com

Bargain. Only really want the third game but I'll be playing the first two too.

SNK

#22

SNK said:

i paid £150 for this in 1994 now u can download it for 900 points which is about £7 der times have changed, still its a class game by snk

Rawk_Hawk

#24

Rawk_Hawk said:

Wait for AOF 3: Path of the Warrior. That game is awesome and much improved over the first 2 games

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