Just for the record, this game's name translates into Hungry Wolf: Mark of the Wolves... just sayin'
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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, fan of retro games, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EACH of the video games in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game review parts are just for fun, and are not meant to be definitive, in depth reviews; this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey itself. From Mario games to the Halo series, from arcade games to Commodore 64, PC games to the NES and Sega Genesis, Playstation to the Xbox, let's play those classic retro games that we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Platform(s) Arcade, Dreamcast
Garou: Mark of the Wolves, also known as Fatal Fury on the Dreamcast (also known as Hungry Wolf: Mark of the Wolves in Japan), is an arcade-style tournament fighter with some smooth animations, a nice variety of fighters, and good controls. The game reminded me of street fighter or perhaps the Marvel vs. Capcom series, as it is a fairly fast-paced and colorfully animated fighter. One of the unique elements of the game is its "Tactical Offense Position" (or TOP) system. Basically, you can select an area of your health bar (the top, middle, or bottom third), and when your health falls within that range your character gains some additional attack damage and powers. I liked the idea behind this system but it didn't ultimately make a huge difference to me as I wasn't practiced enough with the moves.
Beyond this innovation, as I say, the game felt like a pretty standard tournament fighter affair. Ultimately, for fans of the fighting genre I think this would be a solid entry, and would be quite fun to play. For those not engrossed in the genre though, it felt like a fairly typical fighter and so it doesn't immediately jump out as a unique entry. Nonetheless, I had fun with this game, and I think if you're looking for a solid fighter to have a bit of fun with, you can't go wrong with this one!
➙ Must You Play It?
Garou is a solid entry in the fighting game genre. It has a good variety of characters, smooth controls, and is pretty fun. That said, to me, it didn't stand out above and beyond other fighting games of the era. But hey, if you're looking for a good retro fighting game, I would recommend it.