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posted by suspeck8 (ROSEVILLE, MI) Aug 13, 2009

Member since Aug 2009

the new king of fighters game was a very big disappointment....alot of the characters play completey different and are jus very basic. plus when it comes to the story line......well you dont even have to worry about any spoilers because there is no story line!!!!! this game is a definite failed attempt if you ask me foreals. however i almost forgot the good points......the games graphics look good

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Great fighter, bad game...

posted by Madriker (CHINO, CA) Aug 9, 2009

Member since Nov 2006

The best way I can describe this package is INCOMPLETE. SNK's building a new foundation for their classic fighting franchise, but they've released it prematurely. There are too many features missing, and an overwhelming lack of polish.

The cast hosts a fair number of fighters but falls shorts when compared to previous KOF titles. Most inconveniences are due to the game's horrible user interface. It gets increasingly frustrating when you can't cancel out of a mode, assign button configurations normally, deselect a character in the character select screen, or even view the command list in training mode... Yet it's viewable in versus and arcade mode.

Arcade mode is actually a time attack mode with a couple of generic cut scenes placed in from a newscaster's perspective of the tournament.

Visually, the new sprites are impressive. There's a 0-3 level filter present in the system options menu that applies a smoothed blur effect to the characters (who, unfiltered, show off every pixel of dotart). Purists will also appreciate the Japanese language option so we can hear the voices we usually associate with the characters.

While KOF vets will feel right at home with the controls, it's the small details that we really notice are missing.

One thing I particularly look forward to with each installment are the prefight entry interactions between characters. Kyo vs Iori, Andy vs Mai (who's missing... No Mai, No Buy!)... SNK decided to opt out with any an' all entry animations. The screen fades in from black and it's ROUND ONE, READY...

Every character (that I've noticed) is limited to one win pose. The stages, while intricately detailed, are too few in number... Five to be exact, with one being a reskin of an already existing stage.

Lack of game modes severely limit the single player experience an' the online is a disaster. The game's only saving grace is one of its worst aspects. At this point in time, it's best to avoid online play with this title altogether

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Not a Streetfighter

posted by jsoto433 (BELLEVILLE, NJ) Aug 7, 2009

Member since Jun 2009

This game blows... the graghics on PONG are better and it can't even come close to street fighter and MK...

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