Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special: Dominated Mind

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Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special: Dominated Mind

リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャルドミネイテッドマインド || Yumekobo / SNK 1997
Original Post Date: October 24, 2019

Dominated Mind is an interesting Playstation-exclusive entry to the Fatal Fury franchise – it technically has no arcade equivalent, although it was largely based on Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, with a number of massive tweaks to the gameplay engine.

The 20 main characters found in Real Bout Special make their return, alongside a newcomer: Alfred, who had debuted as an extra boss in Real Bout Fatal Fury 2. There’s also a new boss created specifically for this game, a psychotic crime lord by the name of White, who’ll look familiar to anyone who has seen A Clockwork Orange.

The first drastic gameplay difference that’ll be abundantly clear to fans of the series is the removal of its two-planed system. The action in Dominated Mind has been reworked to take place on a single 2D field.

The control scheme been adjusted accordingly: it still utilizes a four-button layout, featuring a punch and a kick, as well as a heavy attack button. The fourth button which was previously reserved for plane switching, will now serve as your taunt button, at least, when pressed on its own.

When taunt is pressed along with tapping forward on the stick at precise moments, it’ll activate the defining feature of Dominated Mind’s engine: the parry.

With this, every character has a universal feature allowing them to blow through enemy attacks while dashing forward to get in on an attacking opponent, allowing for rewarding punish opportunities, if an opponent acts too predictably.

To top off what was already an outstanding fighting engine, a new super cancel system has been added called “Final Impact”, allowing each character to cancel one of their special moves into a super move, when their Power meter is fully activated.

Dominated Mind does more than needed to set itself apart as an incredible entry in its series – with perfect optimization for its hardware resulting in minimal load times, fully animated cutscenes making for some exclusive eye-candy, and a silky smooth fighting system that handsomely rewards anticipation, I wouldn’t hesitate to call it Fatal Fury at its best.

Rating: 10/10

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