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A new face is in town and looking for trouble. Ryuji Yamazaki is a strong but insane looking fighter with mysterious motivations, and he's willing to kill anyone in his way. Three years after Fatal Fury 2, SNK has released its sequel. Fatal Fury 3 is a 2D fighting game that, like its predecessor, uses a line fighting system. But in other ways its quite different from Fatal Fury 2.
Players can choose from ten fighters in the game. Besides the mandatory Bogard brothers, the cast includes old characters like Geese Howard as well as a selection of new faces. After the character selection players can also select their first fight from out of four options.
The old two-line fighting system from Fatal Fury 2 has been modified. Instead of a background plane and a foreground plane, there are now three lines. Players start off in the middle plane, and can duck into either the foreground plane or background plane from there. But characters can only stay in those planes for a limited amount of time, and will eventually be forced back into the middle plane. During their allotted time in the fore and back planes, characters can move left or right and can attack back into the center plane.
In addition to their standard and special techniques characters also have access to desperation moves. Whenever a character's health level drops below a certain threshold his or her health bar starts flashing. From that point on the character is able to use the more deadly desperation moves while fighting. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide