Occasionally, retro-publishers Hamster drop a title onto modern platforms that raises an eyebrow. I’m not sure where the market necessarily lies for Front Line, for example. But today is not one of those days, today sees one of the greatest fighting games ever made, SNK’s Garou: Mark of the Wolves, burn a trail onto PS4 and Xbox One.
Originally released in 1999 for the arcade and Neo Geo home format, the eighth installment in the Fatal Fury series remains SNK’s masterpiece, challenged by very few titles – before and since – as the greatest of all-time. Garou gathers faces old and new to engage in intense combat. From the beautiful, fluidly-animated sprites, to the awesome score, detailed stages and beyond reproach fighting mechanics, Garou is essentially a flawless fighting game. It was then and it remains so today.
Featuring Terry Bogard (sporting his cool re-design), badass son-of-Geese, Rock Howard, Griffon-headed wrestler Tizoc and the super-sexy, adventurous pirate B. Jenet, Garou has a wonderful cast of characters and an easy-to-learn, but incredibly deep, fighting system. Fatal Fury has never been better. Hell, SNK has never been better.
Sadly, this release is a straight arcade port, and as such contains no online play, nor any of the features that arrived when Garou was ported to PS3 and Xbox 360 last generation. Still, as an eight bucks, bare-bones title for you and your buddies to gather around, it’s still a bargain, if a disappointing portent of what could have been.
Already available on Nintendo Switch, you can pick up Garou: Mark of the Wolves now on PS4 and Xbox One. Coupled with Real Bout 2: The Newcomers, it’s a good week to be an SNK fan. Stand up.
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Garou: Mark of the Wolves, one of the greatest games of all-time, hits PS4 and Xbox One today