First: King of the Fighters is one of my favorite fighting game franchises. They have cool character designs, attractive moves, and a unique style of play. I've spent many many quarters on KoF 95 and 98.
But...They have consistently terrible ports to console. The last port I played before this one was destroyed by abysmal load times and lackluster presentation. This one isn't much better.
The load times at least have improved. They aren't snappy, but they don't require one to shave in between rounds either. However, they are ugly. They didn't spring for a pretty loading graphic, just a black screen with a crude gray box in the corner with 'Loading' written in it.
The rest is a mess. The primary arcade mode is a set of five matches as a time trial ending in a leaderboard of best times. This is followed by credits and a Congratulations! screen. There isn't even a pretense of a storyline. There is also no real sense of 'winning'.
posted by jpacs999 (GAITHERSBURG, MD) Jun 24, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
I was prepared to give this game a chance. After all SNK has a soft spot with me. Fatal Fury was literally the first ever game I played and I was a fan of that game as well as World Heroes, Samurai Showdown, Art of Fighting, KOF '99, the list goes on.
This game was what should have happened sometime last gen. But forget all that. At least they have the core characters. It is dissapointing to not see some characters in there like Regal, Mr Karate, Geese. The main core is there but I was dissapointed at the character design too. Everyone looked the same. This game also lacked character as they all looked the same.
Overall a meh game. And it only has like 2 modes. Pretty pathetic.