The game is almost the same as Fatal Fury 2, but it retains the special gauges from the Real Bout Fatal Fury series and introduces a new system called “Tactical Offense Position” (T.O.P.) which is a special area on the life gauge. When the gauge reaches this area, the character enters the T.O.P. mode, granting the player character the ability to use T.O.P. attack, gradual life recovery, or increased attack damage.