Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Garou: Mark of the Wolves| Review

Synopsis: Garou: MOW picks up 10 years after the death of Geese Howard, but his skills were passed on to his son, Rock. Rock is now joined by twelve additional fighters plus Terry Bogard in this tournament fighter from SNK Playmore. Mark of the Wolves uses the Fatal Fury system to put the best fighters around the world up against each other in a tournament to become the “King of Fighters”. Along with using the familiar fighting system, three new battle formats, online multiplayer versus, HDTV 720p, leaderboards, and voice support has been added to this remake of Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves, originally released in 2001 for the Sega Dreamcast.

Praise: This is a very solid fighter for the price, along with being a classic from the short lived Dreamcast era. The controls and fluidity of linking together combos are practically seamless. Pulling off tricks does not take numerous attempts with the Xbox controller, so there is less frantic button mashing. Since this is a remake of Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves, which I still have for the Dreamcast, nothing has been added or taken away, with the exception of online multiplayer, leaderboards, and voice support. In terms of the online gameplay, I did not experience lag at all and quickly found ranked matches to test my skills online.

Gripes: Graphics have not been updated from the Dreamcast version, and after being spoiled with HD remixes, the visual aspect can take away from being able to fully enjoy the title. Ranked matches were easy to get into every time I had tried, but when trying to find player matches, it took numerous attempts and was sometimes unable to find a game at all.

verall, the gameplay is amazing for a ten dollar remake of a classic fighting game. Do not let the graphics fool you, because after a couple of rounds and getting used to the controls, it is hard to put down. The online ranked matches are fun, have a lot less lag than other current fighters out there, and add what I feel may have been the only thing missing from the original.

Mashbuttons.com gives Garou: Mark Of the Wolves 9 out of 10

Garou: Mark of the Wolves is available now on XBLA for 800 MS Points.

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