Excerpt: What is King of Fighters? It's a valid question. The long-running 2D fighting game series, which began a whopping 15 years ago with the release of King of Fighters '94 for the Neo Geo, has never enjoyed the global popularity of Street Fighter, Tekken or Soul Calibur.
Conclusion: So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics. At the price point of Ł40, KoF XII is a hard sell to anyone outside of the fanbase.
Excerpt: King of Fighters XII is the first high definition iteration of this long-running 2D fighting series. Only SNK know just how many games there have been in the series, and even then I’m not sure that they could possibly keep track.
Conclusion: At its core, and despite all these negative points, KOF XII is still a relatively good fighting game. But with competition fiercer than ever this latest release feels incredibly lightweight in comparison. There’s little here to recommend, even for the most loyal of fans.
Summary: A solid game that definitely has an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun. How we score: The Destructoid Reviews Guide
Summary: This year has been littered with fighting games and really, it is quite hard to pay proper attention and respect to all of them. Focus Cancels, Guard Libra Gauge, Ultra Combos, Critical Counters, frame data.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is One of my favourite gaming genres are fighting games. There’s nothing better than grabbing your controller and mashing away at the buttons to pulverize your opponent into the ground.
Summary: If you're a KoF fan or you're looking for another brawler, then you can't go too far wrong with this one. However, be warned, online play is still like battling in a jar of treacle a lot of times.