Garou: Mark of the Wolves Finally Gets a Netcode Update

The classic 1999 fighter game Garou: Mark of the Wolves found itself in a bit of murky water when it launched on the PS Vita and other consoles in 2016. It was struck down by its terrible netcode, and this made it exceptionally difficult for gamers to compete against other players online. Fortunately, and certainly not before time, the game has had a much-needed update created and installed. This update contains a new netcode that changes things significantly.

This news would be announced via the Twitter platform, with the SNK community manager making a post to all followers. In the announcement, the manager spoke of Code Mystics being the brand that provides the game’s netcode – a specialist area of the company. All PC versions of Garou: Mark of the Wolves have had their netcodes replaced by Code Mystics, and players owning the previous version will receive a free upgrade. To add to this, PS4 and PS Vita users will receive the same upgrade for free.

The Code Mystics brand utilises the “rollback” netcode, which is an alternative to the input delay that Garou: Mark of the Wolves had installed within previously. That accounted for the slight lag that can occur when utilising the online version of the game. Instead, with the new one, the actions that take place occur straight away on screen when you utilise the controls. Therefore, gamers shouldn’t have any lag with the newer version. Through this, players have a greater sense of control over the game.

What is Garou: Mark of the Wolves?

The Garou: Mark of the Wolves games was originally released for the Japanese market as an arcade game in 1999, being produced by SNK. It operates as the ninth and as of the moment, the final instalment in the Fatal Fury series of games. The game then became available on the Sega Dreamcast in September of 2001 before coming to the Playstation 2 in 2005.

It is this game that was responsible for the introduction of the Tactical Offense Position (T.O.P.) in the Fatal Fury series, which can be seen as a special area on the life gauge. The character in play will enter into T.O.P. mode when the gauge reaches that specific area, which affords them the opportunity to use T.O.P attack, gradual life recovery and increased attack damage. Not only that, but this game brought the “Just Defend” system to life as well, rewarding gamers who successfully block an attack at the very last moment while on minimal health.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves has also been adapted so as to be available in numerous languages, including French, Italian and German. This is similar to the Efirbet Hall of Betting website, which can be viewed in several alternative languages. Fortunately, if you prefer the older way of playing this video game, anyone using Steam or GOG can make use of the original 2016 release by entering the beta code “dotemuversion”. PS Vita and PS4 users will only get to utilise the new, updated version of it, though.

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