|Collection of the three "Real Bout" NeoGeo fighting games, a sort of spin off of the Garou Densetsu ie "Fatal Fury" series: Real Bout, Real Bout Special, and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers. The main menu, consistent with the layout of the previous releases in the NGOC series, give access to control remapping, autosaving, sprite color editing, audio/graphic options, and a multiplayer mode over Japan's KDDI matchmaking service, which as far as I know only works if you can use a Japanese credit card, but I haven't actually looked into it or anything.|
Unlike some previous installments in the series, there is no remix soundtrack available here.
You can also go into "practice" mode for any of the three games from the main menu, which is a little weird. But I guess they added that since the original roms don't have a practice mode, or something?
All three of the games have English language options, so you can get your SNKglish fix in those lovely win quotes.
The games themselves kind of blur together for me. They all have a very vivid, highly animated cartoon style to the characters and backgrounds. Animation and character rosters get slightly beefier as the series goes along, but not all that much; they are, however, pretty impressive from the start, so that's not really a bad thing.
The "sway line" system, where fighters can dodge out to another 2D fighting plane in the foreground or background, is still around in these games, much to my annoyance. If not for "sway line," I'd probably be pretty fond of these games as quality 2D fighters; as it is, I like some of the art and characters (Franco Bash and Duck King :), but I wouldn't really sit down to play them if I was looking for a satisfying 2D fighting session, 'cause hopping back and forth between planes just really interrupts the flow of the action for me. It breaks the suspension of disbelief you build up about the characters existing in a 2D environment, and just feels really arbitrary and tacked-on.
Anyhoo, as ports go, these are about as good as you could get. Load times (just when you first choose a game from the main menu) are quick, the graphics and controls are uncompromised, and the games are complete. Oh and they also have a new pause menu with in-game move lists, which is sweet.