Art of Fighting: Ten Chi Jin

SNK's Art of Fighting game series probably doesn't get the recognition it deserves for the new ground it broke in fighting games, which includes being the first to implement a camera that zooms in on the action when the fighters where near each other, and zoom out when they backed away from each other, an emphasis on taunts to drain your enemies chi meter, and the use of chi to pull of special moves, as the use of super finisher moves like giant fireballs. And of course they sort of started the juggle combo system as well as fixed combo system most fighting games use today.

The games were usually hit or miss depending on whether you could get used to the gameplay and heavy feel of the characters, and if you've never played the games before either cause they were never available at your local arcade or you couldn't afford an uber expensive Neo Geo home gaming system, you have your chance now as SNK Playmore are releasing a collection of all 3 games in the series on PS2.

Art of Fighting: Ten Chi Jin contains arcade perfect port overs of all 3 Art of Fighting games in all their 2D glory with no noticeable changes to the look or sound of any of the games other than a minimal load time in between battles. The only thing that I would have to complain about is how the PS2 controller isn’t very user friendly to pulling off some of the special moves. If you have an arcade joystick, your all set. If not, you might have a good reason to get one now if you already haven’t seeing how the PS2 controller issue has been plaguing 2D fighters on the system for a long time now.
Another small thing I wish they would standardize for fighting games is the quick continue option, so you don’t have to waste time waiting for the character select screen to load when you lose and use a continue, than have to wait for the whole fight to load again.

Bottomline, if you’re a fan of the series, this is a definite must have game. You don’t get any additional bonuses like a gallery or anything other than a color edit option, and of course there are the control issues I’ve already mentioned, but this is still an enjoyable nostalgic romp back to the days when 2D fighting was king (No, not the female kickboxer in the game).

Graphics – 9
Sound – 10
Gameplay – 7
Lifespan – 7
Overall – 7


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