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Above Average

A casual fighting game fan review

posted by NutMan (EAST PEORIA, IL) Aug 2, 2009

Member since Aug 2008

11 out of 11 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I like fighting games, but I'm not super hardcore. King of Fighters has always been a series I enjoyed and this was somewhat of a letdown, but it's still worth playing.

The main gripes I have with KOF XII are that there are only about 20 characters and around 5 or 6 stages to fight on. They also left out fan favorite characters like Mai which I think is a huge mistake on their part. With a such a small number of stages the game gets stale fast. To make things worse the Arcade mode will only take you 10 min to beat. So that seems to make the main draw of the game the online play, but here's the problem: THE ONLINE IS TERRIBLE. I love the idea of 3v3 teams, but when the game is this slow and laggy it's just unplayable. They patched the game, but it didn't really fix the lag. It seems to just slow the game down so that it looks like it's moving at 15 frames-per-second to hide the rubber banding lag.

Do not spend $60 on this. Do not spend $30 on this. At $20 I'd pick it up, and it's worth renting.

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GF Rating

Very Good

A Solid Fighter That Isn't Complete

posted by Ninjhetto (DURHAM, NC) Aug 30, 2009

Member since May 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Although a long existing series, King of Fighters XII is simply a game with great graphics and gameplay, but lacks in other departments.

The character roster is only 22 characters, which is small for a KOF game, but is a solid amount compared to other fighters with less. Although popular characters are missiong, like Mai, K', Yuri, etc., it's roster is still plentiful.

The gameplay itself is solid and does require some skill, but according the moves list (not in the book, but in the pause menu), everybody has fewer moves than usual, and only one super. Although disappointing to many, it is a solid fighter that is fun to play and is deep in the mechanics.

The thing that is really lacking is the levels. Although it has nothing to do with gameplay, there are only 6 levels, and 2 are a day/nigh difference. Artistically well done, but it is very lack luster.

Because of the lack of levels, you also only get 5 stages in Arcade mode. Also, arcade mode is simply a time attack mode with no story line for the characters or a boss battle at the end. Not really something to get into multiple times.

I will admit to not playing the online feature, but many say it has the simple modes that anybody can play. However, it's also noted that it may be very laggy.

The game could have been much better, but it's still a solid game to play. If you are a KOF fan and had high expectations, this may not attract you at all. But if you like fighting games simply because of the gameplay, then get it when the price drops to under $40.

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GF Rating

Very Good


posted by demonrei (COLUMBUS, GA) Aug 25, 2009

Member since Aug 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

well in all the kof games i have played this one has better graphics and background music just there is no story line in this one which is sad. Whats the point of making a brand new kof with new characters, and it has no story line, what happen to some characters and where the new ones come from, besides all that the game is awsome, better combo and im digging the counter combos alot, so i gave it an 8.

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